tuuubesmcgraw asked: hi there! I am living in toronto and would be super interested in attending the meetings mentioned on your blog at U of T regarding fatphobia, fat politics and fatness in general. I was just wondering if they were open to the public or just students at U of T (I am a student at centennial college). Thanks and cheers! Alison
Hi! Fat’s How We Roll, our monthly University of Toronto peer support group is open to everyone as long as they self-identify as poc and fat. Check out our FAQ for more info about It Gets Fatter and visit http://womenscentre.sa.utoronto.ca/ and check the sidebar on the left for updated event listings.
cellohray asked: This is a pretty dope blog. Thanks for running it. Everyone needs positive body affirmations.
Thanks for the support. Please keep sending video submissions if you self-identify as fat & poc.
Anonymous asked: Do you ever think that some women who are overweight may see your group (which encourages getting fatter) and get fatter to the point that they are no longer healthy? I totally hate fatophobia but I don't think it's okay to be 250 pounds either..
The name “It Gets Fatter” is a play off of the “It Gets Better” campaign. It Gets Better might be helpful for some kids to hear, but the campaign itself doesn’t actually do anything to change the discrimination and violence queer kids face on a daily basis. Its also a campaign led by two cis white dudes with an enormous amount of class privilege, basically encouraging everyone (gay or not) to tell kids it’ll get better. The thing is, it doesn’t always get better and to simply spew this line at young people is misleading if we aren’t actually doing anything structurally to make things better for them.
It Gets Fatter, on the other hand, is meant to encourage folks to embrace who and where they are now in terms of their body. We have never told anyone to get fatter. We simply want to encourage folks to practice love and care for their bodies, no matter how fat they are or not.
Lastly, you can’t say you “hate” fatphobia if you think it isn’t “okay” to be 250 pounds. A big part of body positivity is unlearning the ways in which we have been given cultural currency and permission to pass judgment on the bodies around us. What someone looks like, what they do with their body, what they put in their body, is UP TO THEM. Using incredibly biased and culturally specific notions of health to police standards of body size is….you guessed it! Fatphobia.
Calling All Abundant, Succulent, Fat, Thick Peoples From All Over!
This year at the Allied Media Conference 2014 (June 19-22 in Detroit, MI) we are coming together to share skills, experiences, stories, media, knowledge and strategies to build a more beautiful, body accepting and abundant loving future!
Please reblog and share widely!
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!
We are looking for sessions that speak to the following types of proposals:
Intersections between fatness and other identities
History of Indigenous/POC/Black/Trans/Dis/ability/Supersize fat activism
Anti-racist fat activism caucus for white fat activists
Health & Fatness
How to love your body
Fat bodies & desirability
Blogging while fat/Constructing the fat body online
Body movement/dance/practice for abundant bodies
Skillshares/tools for surviving and thriving
Demystifying media around fat bodies
Cyber space/futurity and fat bodies
Fatness and dis/ability
Older fat bodies and visibility
Or any relevant material to the track that you’d like to contribute or share
Proposals are due March 1, 2014 at midnight.
You may post comments or questions for the organizers on the Abundant Bodies Discussion Page on AMP Talk.
Check out this amazing track at this year’s AMC! It Gets Fatter will definitely be there!!
Reorienting Desire @ Venus Envy
We are so excited to be presenting a brand new workshop next week in Ottawa! This workshop is open to everyone, but we ask allies and white folks to be cognizant of the space they take up. If you’re in the city please join us and/or help spread the word!
"Come join the It Gets Fatter Project for a workshop on body positivity and explore how fatphobia structures our vision of desirable bodies. We will look at the ways in which certain bodies are already desirable and others are not, the role of the media in shaping our desires and explore how body positivity can help reorient and shift our desire to include other and different kinds of bodies."
Check out the FB event page for more info!
afronativepride3p asked: Love your page guys! You all do great work :)
"A big part about being queer is that we get to make so many choices for ourselves that other people never even necessarily think about. To me, being fatpositive is queer. Practicing self-love is queer. Being honest about the ways our bodies are impacted and influenced by the messages society dictates to us and how we choose to receive those images is queer. Challenging White supremacy and the ways it operates even in our queer communities is queer, and is specifically part of a history of qpoc resistance that has been in existence before we even knew the word queer. Loving your body in a society that constantly tells you it is unloveable is queer.
As someone who has always been drawn to and tried to make a space for differently gendered and non-conforming folks in my life, it has been a struggle to openly name myself as queer. I know that as someone who is highly critical of heteronormative standards, as someone who has multiple and fluid desires, I have developed a queer orientation towards the world. But because I don’t present as queer, or what most people think queer looks like, I have never felt like I had a space in queer communities. My queerness is embodied differently, looks different than what the mainstream lgbtq narratives tell us queer should look like. And until I started reclaiming my own body for myself, I was unable to articulate this sense of isolation from queerness as well. This is why body acceptance is so important for me.
My journey started with learning to love and accept my body, and it led me to expand this acceptance to other aspects of myself as well, including queerness.”
- Sara / IGF