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
Dear friends & followers,
We regret making this text post without detailing that there is ongoing conflict happening and making it sound as if everything was already resolved.
We want to let everyone know that we are fully aware that Jackie, our former colleague in this collective, is hurting and would still like this collective to stop functioning under the “It Gets Fatter” name. We believe that there is a much larger conversation that needs to happen around the events that led up to Jackie’s parting before we can even broach the topic of a name change. We are also hurting and the hurt is not going to be resolved on either side through a public forum.
When conflicts arise we need to do whatever feels right to take care of ourselves, and sometimes this means being unable to engage with those who have hurt us. Hopefully there will come a time where we will feel ready to discuss these things, when we are capable of hearing each other and feeling heard, and when that time comes we will be doing so privately (or through a community-based mediation process).
We continue to reflect on the ways in which we may have failed and hope to do better in the future, but we will no longer be discussing this publicly. We are grateful for community members who have listened, supported and guided us through this process.
Asam & Sara
It Gets Fatter! (via itgetsfatter)
Reblogging cause we have a bunch of new followers!
Anonymous asked: What is this movement? And how I can I be apart?
We are a body positivity project started by fat queer people of color for *all* *self-identifying* fat people of color. We started this tumblr to build online community and love getting submissions from other fattie pocs’s (so if you identify as such, share your story/tidbit about yourself!). But over the past year this project has grown immensely and we are now also creating fattie poc community irl as well. We run two peer support groups in Toronto, present workshops on Fatphobia 101, Body Positivity, Self-Love, Fat Desirability and explore the intersection of fat with race, disability, class & sexuality. We work to create spaces that challenge body policing, cultural forms of aesthetic fascism, and structures of power that negatively impact the lives of fat people of color. For more info on workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also check out our FAQ for more info!
Dear friends & followers,
We hope you all are having a lovely 2014. As we head into the new year, we wanted to revisit the topic of the future of this collective (something which, regrettably, we were not able to do over the summer as we intended).
Given the amount of support this project has received despite some painful transitions (including one of our founding members leaving), and given the amount of work we have done and accomplished over the past 7 months, it is clear to us that there is no way we can just walk away from this project. It means too much to too many people and our worlds wouldn’t be as bright without it.
We want folks to know that we did not make this decision lightly. Our communities are already so small and so fractured and we definitely don’t want to perpetuate or take part in more fragmentation. We hope that folks will continue to support the project and we hope that it can be a space for joy, laughter and sharing for all of us.
We are so excited about the new year and making more fattie poc community a reality!
Hi guys! I’m 18 years old and have been heavier than most others ever since I was about 5. And up until very very recently, “fat” loomed over my head like a dark rain cloud. I’ve let it hinder so much of my life, who I talked to, what I wore, where I went. I’ve been teased, joked about when others thought I couldn’t hear, and even publicly humiliated on a public school bus. I’ve been so hurt by the comments others make, it felt like I was being spit on. And I would cry so much, hating myself for not looking the way that was acceptable to those around me. Because in my mind, that was what was most important. I can hardly believe some of the things I would say to myself in my childhood diary. How I wished to have never been born so my family wouldn’t have to be embarrassed about me and my size. But then I discovered this blog and watched the countless videos and read the articles about self love and body acceptance. I’ve only just started this process and I know that it’ll be a bumpy road. It’s just such a relief to know that I’m not alone. I want to thank you all so so much for all of this.