Here's where you can find lots more resources and readings to guide you on your bodyposi and fatpos journey!
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bloggers & activists
The Fat Midwife has resources for fatness & pregnancy.
Jessamyn Stanley does yoga for every body.
Kivan Bay is a writer and activist - he 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!
+ Body Positive Orgs
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." Listen to our episode with Melissa Gibson for more info.
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 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."
+ Body Posi Podcasts
We talk about the pods we love in a lot of episodes — here's a good one for recommendations. The Fat Lip, hosted by Ash, "is a podcast for and about fat people...We are proud supporters of radical self-love and the fierce defense of your body autonomy."
The Fat Club Podcast is "just a couple of fat girls doing a podcast for other fat people 🍕" with new episodes out on Tuesdays!
Friend of Marilyn is an FA interview podcast hosted by Cat, a "fat activist and Fat Studies scholar living in Aotearoa New Zealand."
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." Check out our Pod Features to hear episodes with Sophie and April!
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.
The Fearless Rebelle Radio is "a podcast dedicated to body image, body positivity, self-worth, anti-dieting and feminism." It is hosted by Summer Innanen, Body Image Coach and best-selling author of Body Image Remix.
The Chenese Lewis Show has been going strong since 2008, with host Chenese Lewis conducting "in-depth interviews with a wide range of industry experts, including plus size influencers and national brands."
Fat Girls Club is Jessica Torres & Liesl Binx, "two fat best friends who love to talk about fashion, life, love and everything in between."
The Belly Love Podcast is host Rachel W. Cole's mission "to have a series of conversations with wise women about their bellies and how we all might find greater ease at the center of it all."
The Body Kindness Podcast has episodes about family, food, sex, and more — all in the context of a journey to wellbeing.
bodiposi coaches/ nutritionists/ counselors
Three Birds Counseling is a great resource "free from negative thinking, fear of food, and body hate." They also recently put out an incredible list of 80+ Eating Disorder & Body Image Providers & Activists entitled Diversity Is A Good Thing!
TaMeicka Clear "is a Spiritual Coach, Body Positive Coach, and Community Educator. All of her services are sliding scale and informed by her love and dedication to Black folks, QTPOC, and other healers, artist, and activist."
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."
Ilya is a a non binary trans masculine person of color who is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Exercise Coach, and the founder of Decolonizing Fitness. You can follow them @decolonizing_fitness.
Sarah Schultz is an eating disorder intuitive therapist, recovery coach, and HAES-informed practitioner.
Laura Thomas is an anti-diet, weight inclusive nutritionalist.
Dr. Paula Freedman is a Clinical Psychologist in Chicago who works with anxiety, perfectionism, addiction, eating disorders, trauma, & ADHD evaluation.
Dr. Maria Paredes is a "Counselor, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, Mother of 3 Rad Girls, Wife to a Bad Hombre, Fat Positive, Lover of ALL Bodies, Believer in Hope."
Sonalee Rashatwar "is a community organizer and social worker based out of South Jersey, dedicated to using social justice to create cutting-edge workshops on marginalized populations within mainstream sexuality discourse. She is paid for her labor as a sexual assault counselor, ensuring trauma-informed care with clinical specialties in sexual trauma, racial justice, body positivity, and culturally responsible modalities." You can follow her @thefatsextherapist.
FatPos orgs, pubs, & Sites
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
Ample is a review site for businesses, doctors, restaurants, movie theatres, etc. that is specifically for folks in marginalized bodies (fat, queer/trans, disabled, BIPOC, and the intersections thereof). So, for example, you can let people know about the ramps in the parking lot, or the all gender bathrooms, or that a business is POC-owned, or that this doctor is a hella fatphobe.
AllGo is a review site where plus-size people rate the comfort & accessibility of public places, like restaurants and theaters.
Abundia is a yearly weekend retreat for women of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds, who identify as fat or as women of size. They offer educational workshops on self-esteem, activism, HAES, size acceptance, fat fashion, healing art, movement, and much more. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
Bitch Media offers abundant reads and recommendation lists from an intersectional, feminist lens—and they don't shy away from body positivity, either.
Black Girl Dangerous is a seriously sick blog that amplifies the voices of queer and trans people of color. They have articles about mental health, blackness, and bodies.
Vocab: Social Model of Disability / WHO definition of Disability Justice / WHO on impairment / Patty Berne’s Disability Justice / Invisible Disabilities / CDC on person-first language / Crip Theory / The ADA / Internalized Ableism / Access Intimacy
Read: This Is Disability Justice / 5 Ways Schools Can Support Fat Disabled LGBTQ Students / Advocacy for Black Disabled Folk / Fat Embodiment & Disability Studies / Police killings: the price of being disabled and black in America / A Short History of the Disability Rights Movement / what literature reveals about how we treat disabilities
Alex Locust has some really great resources for diving into disability justice—his guide has readings, videos, tips, and organizations to supplement everything else you’ll be learning. You can also find out more info about Alex’s workshops!
A blog by Mia Mingus. “Mia Mingus is a writer, educator and community organizer for disability justice and transformative justice. She is a queer physically disabled korean transracial and transnational adoptee raised in the Caribbean. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love. As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence.”
“A performance project [and blog] that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present cutting-edge work where normative paradigms of "normal" and "sexy" are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities.”
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)
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
“Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her off to the first available “specimen of imbecilic manhood.” Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and indeed the entire country. Can Princess Ben save her kingdom from annihilation and herself from permanent enslavement?” (Amazon)
by Anna Mainwaring
“Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status ... or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets. That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that's never bothered her before: fat. The encounter shakes Jess's formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she's been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself --- whoever that really is. Debut author Anna Mainwaring is a teacher by day, and her understanding of teenage life shines through on every page. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, and captures teen girl life with all its ironies and contradictions. Rebel with a Cupcake also explores important questions around body image, fat shaming and self-confidence.” (Amazon)
by Amy Spalding
“Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship.
But really, nothing this summer is going as planned. She also unwittingly becomes friends with Jax, a lacrosse playing bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in Los Angeles, and she’s struggling to prove to her mother―the city’s celebrity health nut―that she’s perfectly content with who she is.
Just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight. Instead of feeling like she’s landed a starring role, Abby feels betrayed. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image others have of her?” (Amazon)
Written by Fran Manushkin, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
“Bellies come in all shapes and sizes: baby bellies, grown-up bellies, animal bellies. Some bellies are soft. Some bellies are firm. Round or flat, all bellies deserve a happy pat.” (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. :)
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