Here's where you can find lots more resources and readings to guide you on your bodyposi and fatpos journey!
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The Body Positive
The Body Positive is "a national organization that offers a variety of resources and programming to teach and inspire youth and adults to value their health, unique beauty, and identity so they can use their vital resources of time, energy, and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world." Check them out to find professional trainings, public workshops, and campus resources, as well as their book, Embody: Learning To Love Your Unique Body, which "offers hope and a gentle path to self-love."
Health at Every Size
Health At Every Size, or HAES, is a movement that says that every body is a good body, and can be a healthy body, without dieting or losing weight.
You can find more about the HAES community here, purchase the book here or from smaller presses, and you can find Linda Bacon, founder of HAES, here. Her mission is "a more just world, where all bodies are valued, respected, and supported in compassionate self-care."
There are more resources for body positivity on the HAES community resource page.
The Fat Studies Reader
Edited by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, & Marilyn Wann.
The Fat Studies Reader is a collection of fifty-three amazing academic essays. They "explore a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats." (Amazon) The Reader is available on Amazon as well as a variety of smaller presses.
Fat and Proud: The Politics of Size by Charlotte Cooper
"One of the first books to describe and theorise fat activism. It pre-dates and anticipates some of the debates that are now commonplace and is one of the founding texts in the field of Fat Studies... The book explores fat people's agency, which it outlines and locates in historical-cultural terms, and endorses the shift towards civil rights." (Charlotte Cooper, author)
You'd Be So Pretty If...: Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies...
by Dara Chadwick
"A guide for moms who want to break the cycle of bad body image and raise daughters who feel good about their bodies." (HAES Resource Page)
Shadow On A Tightrope
edited by Lisa Schoenfielder & Barb Wieser
"SHADOW ON A TIGHTROPE is a collection of articles, personal stories, and poems by fat women, about their lives and the fat- hating society in which they live." (Amazon)
Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body
by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby
"... Harding and Kirby, the leading bloggers in the "fatosphere," the online community of the fat acceptance movement, have written a book to help readers achieve admiration for-or at least a truce with-their bodies. The authors believe in "health at every size"-the idea that weight does not necessarily determine well-being and that exercise and eating healthfully are beneficial, regardless of whether they cause weight loss. They point to errors in the media, misunderstood and ignored research, as well as stories from real women around the world to underscore their message. In the up-front and honest style that has become the trademark of their blogs, they share with readers twenty-seven ways to reframe notions of dieting and weight, including: accepting that diets don't work, practicing intuitive eating, finding body-positive doctors, not judging other women, and finding a hobby that has nothing to do with one's weight." (Amazon)
The Fat Pedagogy Reader: Challenging Weight-Based Oppression Through Critical Education
by Erin Cameron & Constance Russell
"The very first book of its kind, The Fat Pedagogy Reader brings together an international, interdisciplinary roster of respected authors who share heartfelt stories of oppression, privilege, resistance, and action; fascinating descriptions of empirical research; confessional tales of pedagogical (mis)adventures; and diverse accounts of educational interventions that show promise. Taken together, the authors illuminate both possibilities and pitfalls for fat pedagogy that will be of interest to scholars, educators, and social justice activists. Concluding with a fat pedagogy manifesto, the book lays a solid foundation for this important and exciting new field." (Amazon)
Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture
by Amy Erdman Farrell
"Tracing the cultural denigration of fatness to the mid 19th century, Amy Farrell argues that the stigma associated with a fat body preceded any health concerns about a large body size. Firmly in place by the time the diet industry began to flourish in the 1920s, the development of fat stigma was related not only to cultural anxieties that emerged during the modern period related to consumer excess, but, even more profoundly, to prevailing ideas about race, civilization and evolution." (Amazon)
Fatpos books & Fat studies
Fat Acceptance history
The Wikipedia page isn't a bad overview.
Another timeline, in the Internet Wayback Machine - an informal history of FA.
The Obesity Time Bomb blog collected more history of fat activism.
Here's an article from the (sadly discontinued) Radiance Magazine about The Fat Underground, the FA group that was active in the 1970s, that goes through a lot of FA history. "The Fat Underground employed slashing rhetoric: Doctors are the enemy. Weight loss is genocide."
The Fat Liberation Manifesto, created by the Fat Underground, is a bold and proud statement of the ideals of the Fat Underground.
Have more links to the history of FA?? We'd love to put them here! Especially any zines from the 80s - would LOVE to see some of those. :)
other bodypos podcasts
Marianne Kirby is a FA writer and activist. So is Lesley Kinzel. Together, they hosted Two Whole Cakes Fatcast - the archives are up on iTunes! They have great Twitters, too (Marianne is here, Lesley is here.)
Cat is a "fat activist and Fat Studies scholar living in Aotearoa New Zealand." Check out her twitter feed or her FA interview podcast, Friend of Marilyn!
"The Food Psych Podcast is a podcast about intuitive eating, positive body image, and eating disorder recovery, helping people make peace with food since 2013."
The Bodcast is Bustle's podcast about bodies! Irregularly updated but very lovely.
Every Body Podcast is "a podcast counteracting the pervasive myths and misconceptions about food, dieting and body image with hard science and engaging storytelling."
Fatties on Ice is a pop culture / FA podcast, ended in 2014, but the tumblr is cute and great! If someone finds a way to listen, let us know and we'll add it.
bloggers & activists
The Fat Midwife has resources for fatness & pregnancy.
Jessamyn Stanley does yoga for every body.
Virgie Tovar "is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight."
Kiva Bay is a writer and activist - she does lots of threads on FA topics.
Melissa Fabello "is a feminist writer and speaker who covers issues related to body politics and beauty culture." This piece of hers on Everyday Feminism is a great starting point for someone looking to have conversations with their family or friends about fat acceptance.
Ok2BeFat is a friendly fat twitter follow.
Suma Jane Dark does bodypos boudoir photography.
The Militant Baker, Jes Baker, is on "a mission to turn our society's concept of beauty on its oppressive head." She's also the author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls. She also has a huge and amazing list of other resources!
Let us know your favorite activist that we should have on here!
fatposi orgs & pubs
NoLose "is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture."
Fat Girls Hiking is a community for...fat girls hiking!
The Body Is Not An Apology is a magazine for "Radical Self-love for Everybody and Every Body." <3
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
by Anne Helen Petersen
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West
Men Explain Things to Me Paperback
by Rebecca Solnit
books of essays
Women, Race, & Class
by Angela Y. Davis
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
by Audre Lorde
Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
by bell hooks
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
by Rebecca Traister
A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History)
by Michael Bronski
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism
by Trinh T. Minh-Ha
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
by Melinda Chateauvert
The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
by Paula Gunn Allen
This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color
by Cherríe Moraga& Gloria Anzaldúa
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
by Judith Butler
Stone Butch Blues: A Novel
by Leslie Feinberg
The Yellow Wall-Paper, Herland, and Selected Writings
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, edited by Denise D. Knight