#mybeautifulbody

This article was published in a local magazine this month and it took me a minute to realize that the photo had been photoshopped to hide the fact that I’m wearing a crop top. While I was at the shoot the photographer kept asking me to pull the shirt down because they thought the 1 inch of skin showing would distract people from my face.

I spoke about the exchange while I was at AMC a few weekends ago and people are now tweeting their own photos on the #mybeautifulbody. Fat crop tops are not necessary but I think it’s important to note how the prevalence of fat phobia made the writer of the article, who I think was fantastic, not even notice or think about checking to make sure the photo wasn’t photoshopped. 

Bottom photo was taken the same day. Clearly my stomach is going to ruin the world.

Amazing FAT stuff going on this weekend at Allied Media Conference.
Here is where I will be on Friday and Saturday!
First I’m talking about performing survival while fat for a Movement Movement track workshop. "Detroit Dance: From the Street to the Stage"

Can an individual moving body represent or embody society? How does human performance on the street and on the stage shape us? In this session we will view work of Detroit-based dance artists; discuss bodies and politics through conversations and experience embodied movement workshops designed to empower and excite all movers, inclusive of all bodies, and experience levels. (Presenters: Maya Stovall, Piper Carter, K. Natasha Foreman, Kristi Faulkner, Seycon Nadia Chea, Chris Braz, Amanda Levitt , Quaint, Efe Bes plus Collaborating Dancers)

I’m on a panel about how to center fat activism and uplift the voices of marginalized people in the community. "Race, Fat Activism & Media" 

How can fat activists centre the voices of the most marginalized in their organizing? How can we make the movement (and the media) more accessible to folks with different, multiple identities? This panel will bring together long-time fat activists to discuss their own personal experiences with organizing, unpack the historical whiteness of Fat activism in North America, explore alternative media that challenges more than just body fascism, and discuss critical strategies for making Fat activism more inclusive for everyone.

Finally, I’m co-facilitating a caucus titled "Building Inclusive Fat Communities Online"

How can we build fat-positive communities online that actively resist social hierarchies of race, class, gender, and ability? What do fat-positive communities gain when we value all of the intersecting identities of fat people? This caucus is for anyone who wants to build stronger, more inclusive fat positive online communities that are committed to challenging all forms of social hierarchy.

I wish everyone could come! It’s going to be an amazing weekend. ❤

Amazing FAT stuff going on this weekend at Allied Media Conference.

Here is where I will be on Friday and Saturday!

First I’m talking about performing survival while fat for a Movement Movement track workshop. "Detroit Dance: From the Street to the Stage"

Can an individual moving body represent or embody society? How does human performance on the street and on the stage shape us? In this session we will view work of Detroit-based dance artists; discuss bodies and politics through conversations and experience embodied movement workshops designed to empower and excite all movers, inclusive of all bodies, and experience levels. (Presenters: Maya Stovall, Piper Carter, K. Natasha Foreman, Kristi Faulkner, Seycon Nadia Chea, Chris Braz, Amanda Levitt , Quaint, Efe Bes plus Collaborating Dancers)

I’m on a panel about how to center fat activism and uplift the voices of marginalized people in the community. "Race, Fat Activism & Media" 

How can fat activists centre the voices of the most marginalized in their organizing? How can we make the movement (and the media) more accessible to folks with different, multiple identities? This panel will bring together long-time fat activists to discuss their own personal experiences with organizing, unpack the historical whiteness of Fat activism in North America, explore alternative media that challenges more than just body fascism, and discuss critical strategies for making Fat activism more inclusive for everyone.

Finally, I’m co-facilitating a caucus titled "Building Inclusive Fat Communities Online"

How can we build fat-positive communities online that actively resist social hierarchies of race, class, gender, and ability? What do fat-positive communities gain when we value all of the intersecting identities of fat people? This caucus is for anyone who wants to build stronger, more inclusive fat positive online communities that are committed to challenging all forms of social hierarchy.

I wish everyone could come! It’s going to be an amazing weekend. 

Body shaming has been around since, well, forever. With outspoken activists like Amanda Levitt of Fat Body Politics challenging cultural norms and perceptions, however, the public interaction level is heightened.

Which means, here come the trolls.

Why is it that SO MANY people think another person’s weight is their business? Trolling is a part of online life; but the #NotYourGoodFatty activists get a disproportionate amount of heat. 

Check out Amanda’s post on #NotYourGoodFatty — http://fatbodypolitics.com/2014/04/04/notyourgoodfatty-and-the-performing-fatty/ 

And on trolling - 
http://bitchmagazine.org/post/trolling-don’t-just-want-to-be-rude—they-want-power-over-us

Then join us at Tawkers to chat about building an inclusive, responsive community as well as allyship!

I’m really excited about this event happening on Thursday June 5th at 8pm. I hope it will be a really good discussion led by Katie Klabusich an amazing reproductive rights activist. 

Please join us!

Fat-acceptance filmmakers got violent threats for daring to create a Kickstarter.

It’s easy to roll your eyes at trolling—to say “don’t read the comments” and dismiss trolls as just a bunch of haters. But let’s talk about trolling for what it really is: disruptive behavior that seeks reinforce power over marginalized communities.  The power issues that motivate trolling become especially obvious when you talk to fat-acceptance activists about their work online. 

In April, Lindsey Averill and Veridiana Lieberman launched a Kickstarter campaign for their documentaryFattitude, a feature-length film that will seek to “expose how popular culture fosters fat prejudice” and offer an alternative approach to thinking about fatness. When the campaign began, Averill and Veridiana were instantly attacked online. People wrote vitriolic messages to them on Twitter and on the project’s social media sites, saying that the film shouldn’t exist. The online abuse spread into their home lives—people called Averill to harass her, so she changed her number. Then someone anonymously ordered her a pizza. In an interview with a local TV station, Averill says she knows that this isn’t just about trying to make a fat woman feel bad by sending her a pizza. “They are telling me they know where I live,” she says.

Please read my first article at Bitch. I’m so excited about it.

Hey look! It’s my face.
Support the Abundant Bodies track at the Allied Media Conference next month by donating to their indiegogo campaign.
So much of the discourse is centered on queer, trans and people of color’s experience within our community and as fat identified people. That makes the track itself really special and amazing.
You can see all the workshops at the link here.
Don’t forget to share and donate!

Hey look! It’s my face.

Support the Abundant Bodies track at the Allied Media Conference next month by donating to their indiegogo campaign.

So much of the discourse is centered on queer, trans and people of color’s experience within our community and as fat identified people. That makes the track itself really special and amazing.

You can see all the workshops at the link here.

Don’t forget to share and donate!

My friend Casey is an amazing fat studies scholar, she’s the co-chair of the National Women’s Studies Association Fat Studies caucus, and just an all around amazing person.

Please donate / share this fundraiser so she can continue to do all of her amazing work while making it more accessible to her.

I made a post with a few different projects that are happening right now in fat community and need financial support!

Take the time to donate and / or share!

Support Abundant Bodies at AMC2014
The Abundant Bodies track at the AMC this summer needs your help to support the work of fat activists with their workshops and activist organizing.
I’m part of two different sessions but there are so many amazing workshops and other activists who are coming to Detroit to talk about fat politics over the weekend. They all need financial support to not only get to the conference but also for lodging and other expenses over the weekend. 
via the funding campaign,
Some of the most well-known fat activists (including Dr. Charlotte Cooper, Amanda Levitt, Virgie Tovar) will be sharing their brilliance alongside up and coming young qtpoc fatties. Some of the topics and issues folks are exploring include race & fat activism, the “dangers” of excessive selfie consumptions, exploring fat & kink, building an inclusive fat community, body autonomy vs. body positivity, reimagining desirability, fat activism for unruly people, and so much more! 
From the program guide:

ln this track we will gather, share and celebrate the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? This track will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, to name fatphobia in our organizing and activism, and to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of Indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Through workshops, panels and skillshares we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities, media and art centred around abundant bodies!

Please support and share this campaign! There are a ton of awesome perks for donating too!

Support Abundant Bodies at AMC2014

The Abundant Bodies track at the AMC this summer needs your help to support the work of fat activists with their workshops and activist organizing.

I’m part of two different sessions but there are so many amazing workshops and other activists who are coming to Detroit to talk about fat politics over the weekend. They all need financial support to not only get to the conference but also for lodging and other expenses over the weekend. 

via the funding campaign,

Some of the most well-known fat activists (including Dr. Charlotte CooperAmanda LevittVirgie Tovar) will be sharing their brilliance alongside up and coming young qtpoc fatties. Some of the topics and issues folks are exploring include race & fat activism, the “dangers” of excessive selfie consumptions, exploring fat & kink, building an inclusive fat community, body autonomy vs. body positivity, reimagining desirability, fat activism for unruly people, and so much more! 

From the program guide:

ln this track we will gather, share and celebrate the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? This track will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, to name fatphobia in our organizing and activism, and to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of Indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Through workshops, panels and skillshares we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities, media and art centred around abundant bodies!

Please support and share this campaign! There are a ton of awesome perks for donating too!

Keep believing your lies.

People keep sending me messages about how the lack of acceptance of fat politics is because we don’t matter. That the work I do doesn’t help anyone and the words I write do nothing.

Yet, I’m getting anonymous messages from someone who is so scared of the things I say and the words I write that they have to send me hateful messages.

Lies.

Have you voted for me yet?

Because you should. Netroots Nation is holding a scholarship contest to pay for registration for the conference in Detroit this summer. Being able to go to conferences and network with other activists is incredibly important to talking about fat politics outside of fat community. Sadly, since my work isn’t paid and I do all of this on a volunteer basis I’m unable to afford the $350 registration fee.

You can help get me there by voting for me. <-Click the link and vote.

If you are outside of the US use the zipcode 48202 or google to find another one!

If you won’t do it for me do it for my mom’s puppy Snickers.

Mary Lambert - Body Love

30 people were doxed tonight

A troll has been doxing the filmmaker, contributors and now is targeting backers of the kickstarter for the film Fattitude. As of now twitter has done nothing to remove this person from their website, where he keeps posting links to personal information he’s collected. Twiter, kickstarter and pastebin are all complicit in the harassment and stalking of these people.

Block and report this person, report the individual tweets, report the links in the tweets. Tweet at kickstarter, pastebin and twitter. Don’t be silent while people’s personal information is being spread around the internet. Make it stop.

The AMAZING Stacy Bias made this in reaction to a concern troll on #notyourgoodfatty. Love it. Ham planets unite!!

The AMAZING Stacy Bias made this in reaction to a concern troll on #notyourgoodfatty. Love it. Ham planets unite!!

#ICO2014 The International Congress on Obesity is happening right now and they have decided that people with disabilities, which includes fat people) and others are not welcome at their conference because you need to be able to walk up stairs to get to the conference.
Looked at the schedule and at no point is anyone presenting on the impact of class, race or gender on health disparities. No one is mentioning that these disparities due to race and health parallel research on weight and health. Most of the schedule is filled with trying to find biological causes for fatness (implying that fatness is inherently linked to disease) and ignoring the social causes of diseases correlated with body size. At no long is anyone talking about the impact of fat stigma on health. 
If you have time please tweet at #ICO2014. You will see that there is something that is totally missing from this conference and that is fat people having the ability to talk about their own bodies. If you have your twitter account linked to your tumblr this post will post directly in the tag when you reblog it.

#ICO2014 The International Congress on Obesity is happening right now and they have decided that people with disabilities, which includes fat people) and others are not welcome at their conference because you need to be able to walk up stairs to get to the conference.

Looked at the schedule and at no point is anyone presenting on the impact of class, race or gender on health disparities. No one is mentioning that these disparities due to race and health parallel research on weight and health. Most of the schedule is filled with trying to find biological causes for fatness (implying that fatness is inherently linked to disease) and ignoring the social causes of diseases correlated with body size. At no long is anyone talking about the impact of fat stigma on health. 

If you have time please tweet at #ICO2014. You will see that there is something that is totally missing from this conference and that is fat people having the ability to talk about their own bodies. If you have your twitter account linked to your tumblr this post will post directly in the tag when you reblog it.

I was interviewed by Fat Girl Food Squad! Check it out! Their website makes me hungry. *drooools