Awesome fat-related projects that need your support

contributors to Fattitude: A Body-Positive Documentary

I mentioned two of these in my latest Sunday links post, but I’m posting again because I’m excited (and in case anyone missed them)! Whether or not you can donate, please consider passing them along on social media.

1.) Fattitude: a Body Positive Documentary (pictured above)

This one looks amazing–it features so many kick-ass activists, from Marilyn Wann to Sonya Renee to Virgie Tovar to Linda Bacon. And it’s so, so needed. The more we can get out the message that all bodies are good bodies, that there’s nothing wrong with being fat, that it’s entirely possible to be both fat and happy (and healthy, whatever that means to you, if you want to prioritize health), the better.

2.) Fat Yoga Online Classes

This is also so needed! Personally, I’ve never had a problem going to yoga classes–even when I’m the fattest person there, which is often, I’ve never been treated poorly by the teacher or other students. In fact, I’ve had some pretty amazing teachers who are encouraging, give tons of modifications, and are all-around accepting. But I know I’m lucky, and that fat stigma can be a huge barrier to access to yoga for many people.

And even though I do enjoy taking yoga classes at various local studios, there’s something special about doing yoga with a group of people who look like me, in an explicitly body-positive atmosphere, and with teachers who give modifications specifically tailored to fat bodies. That’s what Fat Yoga will provide virtually.

3.) SometimesBeautiful Book

SometimesBeautiful is “a celebration and contemporary analysis of the notion of beauty, defined by a selection of over fifty artists, primarily women, spanning the globe from New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Berlin, Milan and Paris to Amsterdam, Seoul and Transylvania.”

Although it is not solely fat-focused, it contains contributions from fat activists such as Virgie Tovar, Amanda Levitt, and Golda Poretsky. I would love to see their work and the work of the other contributors!

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16 thoughts on “Awesome fat-related projects that need your support

    • From your comments on that piece, I think you’re seriously misreading what she wrote. She supports fat men and criticizes fat-phobia against men so…I’m really not sure why you think she’s saying negative things about fat men or suggesting that men shouldn’t be included in fat acceptance. Like, I’ve read through all of your comments and can’t make heads or tails of them, because she hasn’t said anything remotely similar to what you’re accusing her of saying.

  1. I can not find one sentence or even one word of support for fat men in that article. All she did was repeat the worse of what the fat haters have to say about fat men verbatim. Virgie offered no positive messages, rebuttals or support in favor of fat men.

    Please show me where the words of support for fat men are in this article???

    I never said I thought she did not think that fat men should be a part of Fat Acceptance. What I am saying that in this article Virgie is not trying to be a ally to fat men.

    • Here:

      “For this reason I believe that the treatment of fat men is a feminist issue, deserving consideration and inquiry that do not seek to deny male privilege – which fat men do possess – but to interrogate the ways in which fat men’s bodies are constructed culturally and the ways that this construction affects the treatment of women and the policing of gender non-conformity. ”

      She’s pretty clear that we need to deconstruct the gendered fat hatred that’s aimed at men, figure out where it comes from, and fight it. Just because she didn’t go into more detail about how to fight it doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about fat men; it just means it wasn’t within the scope of this piece, which was about analyzing the ways that sexism drives fat-phobia aimed at men.

      • You are injecting a lot of support and positive thoughts from Virgie that does not exist in this article.

        Society holds similar unfeminine thoughts about fat female bodies and what fat acceptance did was replace the fat hate messages with positive feminine thoughts (which Society does not agree with) about fat female bodies.

        What people like Virgie are doing in the case of fat men is to say to Society that is is correct about the masculine fat male body and that is why fat men are a part of Fat Acceptance and a Feminist Issue. With friends like that who needs enemies!

        No matter what the context, positive fat messages about any group of fat people should never not be in the scope of fat activist’s message?

        • You are injecting a lot of support and positive thoughts from Virgie that does not exist in this article.

          Society holds similar unfeminine thoughts about fat female bodies and what fat acceptance did was replace the fat hate messages with positive feminine thoughts (which Society does not agree with) about fat female bodies.

          What people like Virgie are doing in the case of fat men is to say to Society that it is correct about the emasculine fat male body and that is why fat men are a part of Fat Acceptance and a Feminist Issue. With friends like that who needs enemies!

          No matter what the context, positive fat messages about any group of fat people should never not be in the scope of fat activist’s message?

          • I still don’t understand how you read Virgie’s post and came away with the conclusion that she’s saying society is correct about fat male bodies. That’s exactly the opposite of what she said. I’m not going to argue any further, because your understanding of her post just makes no sense to me; if you want to keep talking about it, take it up with her.

            • Laura Virgie can not even make her point that “Fat Men are a Feminist Issue” unless she agrees that fat naturally emasculates fat male bodies. Society has a lot of unfeminine things to say about fat female bodies, but you do not see Fat Acceptance detailing and listing the body parts to prove that fat women need support. In fact Fat Acceptance goes out of it’s way to refute the unfeminine messages Society has about fat female bodies.

              Look at the circus like graphics and photos that Tovar used in this article and the descriptions like chemical castration used to describe fat male bodies, Tovar is even worst than Society.

              Show me a Fat Activist that would write a article like this about fat women? If you could show me some true support and positive thoughts about fat men in this article then I would feel different.

              • That’s…not at all what “fat men are a feminist issue” means. It doesn’t mean that fat naturally emasculates male bodies. It means that patriarchy shames men who are considered feminine because feminine is seen as inferior, and the combination of patriarchy and fat-shaming considers fat men feminine due to their size. It means that the gendered shaming of fat men is a symptom of the patriarchy, and feminism is about smashing patriarchy, so analyzing the ways in which patriarchy operates is relevant.

                If you couldn’t get that from Virgie’s post, I’m not even sure why you’re reading feminist or FA blogs. I would suggest getting a lot more familiar with both feminism and FA before jumping to conclusions about what writers like Virgie are saying,

                • Laura Society has a lot of unfeminine things to say about fat women, yet you do not see people in Fat Acceptance acknowledging the fat that fat female bodies is unfeminine and is a reason that fat women need fat acceptance.

                  If you can’t see the difference in the way fat female and fat male body issues are handled by people like Virgie Tovar, then what else can I say.

                  It would be great if someone else would give some input into the conversation.

                • As a Fat Activist Virgie Tovar has no business agreeing with Society that fat male bodies are in anyway feminine! Where would Fat Acceptance be today if the early fat activists agreed with Society and described fat female bodies as unfeminine and because of that needed a support community?

                  Why can’t fat men expect the same unconditional support and respect from Fat Acceptance that fat women have always received?

      • So basically in this statement Tovar is saying that the way fat male bodies are constructed makes them in her words “….gender non-confirming………”. What kind of support and empowerment are fat men suppose to get from this message?

  2. Basically if Fat Acceptance took Virgie Tovar’s approach to fat male bodies and used it to discuss fat female body issues, it would include statements like these: “because fat female bodies are so unfeminine……..” or “because of the fat in some fat female bodies, it is like their ovaries and other sex glands/organs are not working…….” or “Only hourglass fat female bodies are feminine…….” and etc.

    I wrote the above statements only as a example of what Fat Acceptance say about fat female bodies if it took a approach similar to what people like Virgie Tovar have dealt to fat male bodies.

  3. One last post. I would have a change of heart if you could reblog one article that Virgie Tovar has written about fat female bodies and the unfeminine image that Society may have of them done in the same circus/fetish like atmosphere that Tovar has taken with fat male bodies. I cringe when I think of what she may have planned for fat men in this Fatitude Project.

  4. Here one many instances of Virgie Tovar calling fat male bodies masculine or feminine.

    ………… I found that fat men are often perceived as possessing “looser morals” or less discipline – traits historically ascribed to women/femininity. I also found many themes that pointed to fatphobia toward men, at its roots, being about anxiety that men were becoming woman-like. So, I believe that it is sexism and the deep cultural hatred of the feminine – not the hatred of men who are fat, per se – that leads to some (possibly many) of the instances of fatphobia that men experience……….

    This is Tovar saying that fat men are not hated because they are fat, rather that they are hated because they are Feminine. Also not once in this article did Tovar try to refute these claims and say fat men like fat women are simply fat bodies.

    Of course if anyone answers this they will swear that Tovar is a wonderful person, even though there is no proof in of this in this article.

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