Janey

Dr Samantha Thomas – an honorary fat.

So in case you don’t know, the fat-o-sphere has a fair bit of activity going on via Twitter. This is how I was introduced to Dr Samantha Thomas – in my opinion she’s one of the coolest supporters of the Fat Acceptance movement. If you don’t know of her work, I highly recommend subscribing to her blog. Her latest post is so awesome; and it’s making me feel as if some people are finally getting it.

We at Axis of Fat have been approached by several different academic and media outlets to give fair and accurate representation about Fat Acceptance. While sometimes the questions seem a little obtuse to me, I think it’s merely because the idea of Fat Acceptance is so foreign to so many people. We currently live in a society where body shaming is key, so whenever anyone brings up a contrary opinion it’s a shock to the system. But I think it’s a good sign that people want our opinions. In ten, twenty or even fifty years, it will be this time where people will look back and say that the tide began to shift.

What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/mymilkspilt Elizabeth@Spilt Milk

    I agree – I think that the fact the questions are coming is a good thing. I think engagement is a good thing – although sometimes it's painful and ends up being fruitless – because it's the only way forward. I agree that it's wonderful that people like Samantha are opening up dialogue between FA and more 'mainstream' media, research and discourse.

  • http://twitter.com/TheDiscourse Dr Samantha Thomas

    Thanks so much Janey. Im really touched by your comments. Its an absolute honour to be an honourary fat :P ! And thanks for all the amazing work you guys do to change attitudes and opinions – including my own.

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