1. How can I get involved?
If you self identify as a POC AND as fat, then there are lots of options open to you! You can submit text for us to post on our tumblr page, or you can submit a video, some audio, or photos! You can also subtitle videos (http://www.universalsubtitles.org; it’s actually pretty fun!) that aren’t already subtitled, or subtitle them in a different language! You can send us love letters, tell your friends about the project, and/or just send positive vibes out into the world! (If you want to submit anything, send it to email@example.com).
Note that all submissions with any oppressive language/imagery will not be tolerated. We will show preference to submissions from queer, trans*, disabled and poor/working class folks. If you don’t fit into one of these categories just be aware of the space you’re taking up in the movement and consider submitting something to another fat positivity thingy if it feels relevant!
If you do not self identify as a POC and fat (if you identify as one or the other or neither) then you can do some subtitling (http://www.universalsubtitles.org), send us love letters, tell your friends about the project, send us positive vibes, or donate to the project!!
2. Is it OK for me to watch these videos if I’m not fat or a POC or queer?
YES! Please watch them! We want everyone to be able to learn from these videos… not just fat queer POCs! But please be respectful about the space you take up. If you aren’t a fat queer POC, then your role is to listen.
3. But, being fat is really bad in terms of _________???
This is not the place for this type of discussion. If you are looking to have this type of discussion you can go literally anywhere else on the internet to have it! If you need some suggestions on where to go, I find that google.com is pretty useful in finding stuff for you!
4. My doctor/nurse/friend/family member told me I need to lose weight. What should I do?
This is a pretty personal decision, and we will never tell someone what they should and shouldn’t do with their body. I think it’s fair, however, for you to ask the person who is suggesting weight loss why they think you should lose weight. Then keep asking them “why” when they elaborate. Usually it comes down to one of two things: aesthetics, and health. Once you’ve figured out which one they’re talking about, you can have discussions on whether you think losing weight will help with your health problems or your “aesthetic” (capitalism!) problems. Read up on books/news stories that will help arm you with discussion points for when people start discussing your weight with you. Also, Jackie posted a video talking about this. You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/49517480.
5. I’m starting to feel ready to unlearn fatphobia. What should I read/listen to/watch/do?
Congratulations! Loving your body is so fun! Sara mentions some books and blogs in the Fatties Having Fun video with Asam, and Jackie mentions some books that have helped her in her second video (here: https://vimeo.com/48659577). But there are also lots of other tumblrs/blogs/websites/etc that are also super helpful! Here’s a list of some fat positive tumblrs run by or featuring POCs. If you want us to put something here, let us know! If you know of books/blogs/something else by POCs who are fat, please let us know!
Here are some blogs run by fat POCs that we like!
http://www.deeplezstonerwitch.tumblr.com (that’s Jackie’s blog!)
These are some other fat positive blogs we like!
6. I’ve faced a lot of trauma for being fat, what can I do about that?
This is another pretty individual situation. Talking about it can really help. If you don’t have a friend/family member/loved one that you can talk to about it then you might want to consider counseling of some sort. If that is not a possibility for you, there are phone lines available for you to talk to someone if you are in crisis. Admittedly, fat phobia is still such a new concept for many folks that we cannot guarantee these help lines will actually help - but it is good to know that there are at least some forms of support out there. You can also call and let the person on the other end of the line know that you only want them to listen/provide non-judgmental responses to whatever it is you may want/need to discuss.
Kids Help Phone (Canada): 24/7 free, conﬁdential and anonymous help and referral by trained counsellors.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers.
LGBTQ Youth Line (Canada): Conﬁdential by youth for youth non-judgmental helpline which provides support, information and referrals for LGBTQ youth.
Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline: Support for Muslim youth, with a focus on issues found speciﬁcally within the Muslim community. Lines are open from 6 - 9 pm,
Monday to Friday (Eastern Standard Time).
ARCH Disability Law Centre (Ontario): ARCH works to protect and advance the equal rights of people living with disabilities.
Sheena’s Place (Toronto): Provides non-judgmental support for women with “eating disorders.” Not sure how fat-positive this space is, but they do offer workshops on transforming your relationship to your body and eating habits which might be useful.
Please suggest more things for us to add to this list!
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