Hello and welcome to the first of what will hopefully be many installments of This Week In Fatness.
The fatosphere can seem like a big place* and – especially if you’re a bit short on time – it’s possible that you’re not able to keep up with all the great things that are being posted by fat activists and their supporters.
That’s where This Week in Fatness comes in!
The idea of this digest is to provide you with a collection of links to materials that I believe are stand-out examples of what’s happening in online fat activism from week to week. There’ll be a particular focus on blog posts, but it’s my hope that the content – and the format – will be shaped with your feedback in mind. So, please make sure you use the email at the bottom of these posts to share your links, events, websites and ideas.
Without further ado, let’s get into this, the first installment, of…
THIS WEEK IN FATNESS…
- After visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia, The Fat Chick was inspired to write this Declaration of Body Independence
- Ragen, of Dances with Fat, breaks down some common misconceptions about the connection between obesity and bad health while suggesting that Jumping to Conclusions is Not Great Exercise.
- Fall Ferguson discusses what “health” actually means in the “Health at Every Size” paradigm over at The Association for Size Diversity and Health blog.
- Atchka would like to bring to your attention some amazing athletes, who also happen to be fat.
- The Fat Nutritionist critques a study on the evils of red meat.
- Red No. 3 highlighted a response to white fat activism from People of Color in the fat justice movement.
NOTE: I’m not on Tumblr. I don’t really get Tumblr. So this is an area where I am particularly relying on you all to let me know about relevant materials.
- The Well-Rounded Mama highlighted this survey being conducted about plus size women’s experiences with maternity care providers.
- Ragen is preparing a slideshow for iVillage called “Pictures of Health – Diet Quitters” and she wants you to get involved. She’s also calling for submissions for a “The Moment I Knew I HAD to Stop Dieting” video project (check the bottom of each post for details)
…In the News
…In the Spotlight
This week I want to highlight The Adiopositivity Project, which is an ongoing photography project that “aims to promote size acceptance, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather, through a visual display of fat physicality.” Check it out. [Possibly NSFW]
AAAAAAND that’s it for the first installment of This Week in Fatness. I hope you find this to be a useful and educational project and that it continues to grow from here.
Please, email us your links, suggestions and feedback!
* Pun completely unintended, but clearly appropriate.