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Traditional FA [Fat Acceptance] arguments have relied on the idea that the way to diffuse these hateful statements is to prove that fat isn’t necessarily unhealthy. But by doing so we’ve ceded the premise that health status is, in fact, grounds for hating or despising someone. And as long as the tiniest statistical correlation between fatness and whatever-disease exists, we’ve lost the argument, because we diffused the wrong bomb: we should have rejected the idea that it’s okay to hate people for being ‘unhealthy,’ period.

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ArteToLife 

EX-FUCKING-ACTLY!

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I will always preach that it is unnecessary for you to be healthy to deserve respect.

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Apr 7

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tangledupinlace:

People who haven’t lived in a fat or otherwise pathologized body just don’t understand how horribly tainted and moved beyond its meaning the word ‘healthy’ is for me. I care about my well being and I care that you use that as a guise to eradicate me so you can look the way someone told you that you had to in a bikini this summer

Redefining Body Image: The difference between body positivity and fat acceptance

fatgirlposing:

generalconsent:

redefiningbodyimage:

Had to reblog this in its entirety. If I could pick one thing on Tumblr in particular to follow to Hell and back, it would be body positivity communities, and I really enjoy this post.

The one thing I believe is lacking here is intersectionality, even though it’s touched on lightly. No body is just a fat body. If a body is seen as “just” a fat body, most likely that body is also white and cisgender, Those traits normally end up being unmarked, which shouldn’t be so—that privilege still has to be recognized. Fat bodies are also disabled bodies, bodies of people of color, etc. Because of intersectionality, any group with a specific goal, no matter how singular, is always inherently a diverse coalition. Fat Acceptance does or should include disability, race, sexuality, gender, age, gender expression, etc, and should address the marginalization of those bodies to the extent that it intersects with the FA movement’s ends.

It’s difficult for me to believe that any particular movement can focus on one specific topic. From my own experience, I may be particularly concerned with queer bodies and trans* bodies as an advocate for Queer Rights, but because of intersectionality, I also have to be an advocate for the rights of fat bodies, disabled bodies, and on. Where those identities intersect, all those rights are queer rights, and queer rights are the rights of those diverse communities.

Bringing it back, I don’t want to just be “Body Positive” in the sense of an empowering concept, I would want to find ways to seek intersectional Body Positive-social change. Most likely in addition to, rather than replacing, Fat Acceptance. What this particular Body-Positive social change movement is or should be called, I have no idea.

These reflections are probably ignorant of some basic concept that I’m not even noticing, most likely because of my own privilege. (I am a cisgender white male of a relatively more social acceptable size, after all, so I experience oppression of my body on a vastly smaller scale than many others.) But, I can’t learn if I’m not told I’m wrong, so I’ll rant on and see what happens. I’m just starting to wade into activist spaces. Personal growth always has introspection, reflection, and call outs at some point, right?

I think you totally right about the necessity of intersectionality within ANY effort to advance identity politics, whether it is FA or feminism or queer rights etc.  Of course, many if not most people involved in FA suffer from more discrimination than just fatphobia, and the other ways they are marginalized often enhance and intersect with their fatness.  A queer fatty or a PoC fatty or a trans* fatty are oppressed not only on the basis of their size in addition to homophobia/racism/transphobia, but often they oppression they face as a fat person is enhanced by homophobia/racism/transphobia.  FA cannot be an effective or honest movement if the people within it don’t recognize intersectionality and constantly check they ways in which they are privileged even while fighting to end the fat discrimination they suffer from.

I think the problem with a really broad movement, one that seeks to change any and all kinds of body hate and address the marginalization of all kinds of bodies on the basis of race and gender identity and sexuality and disability and class and age and on and on and on is that it then becomes incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to for effective activists groups to form and prioritize and set concrete, material agendas.  In this hypothetical all-inclusive coalition, what will they tackle first, racism, sexism, homophobia, cissexism, disability?  How will they distribute their limited resources in the fight against body hate?  Even attempting to make these decisions will marginalize a TON of people, and by addressing all problems at once in one group, I think it is likely one would get less accomplished.

Of course, activists can do more than one thing at a time.  It is totally possible to be an advocate for FA and also for disability rights.  Or to do both feminist activist work and anti-racist activist work.  And of course, each and every one of these movements must always remain aware of intersectionality, and these movements must, almost by definition, support and aide one another in there various fights against different kinds of oppression, because all of these kinds of oppression are overlapping and intersecting.  BUT, speaking purely on practical, pragmatic terms, I think activists movement that want to be materially effective must focus their efforts on particular kinds of oppression WITHOUT forgetting the intersectionality of all oppression.  I just have the feeling that one group trying to fight everything at once is bound to fail, even though their intentions and methods were completely inclusive.  That’s the main point I was trying to make.

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A big part of body acceptance for me is embracing the ugly

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blck-grrl:

I feel like everyone tries to look their best,maybe not all the time, but we do wish to present ourselves in a way thats appealing to the outside world even while fat ya know? 

Don’t get me wrong, my middle finger is forever raised high in the air towards body shaming society, but I do walk out the door looking like a fabulous bitch for all the world to see daily, and even when I DON’T look or feel that way I know deep down I am.

However a HUGE part of me finally loving my body and the way it looks, is loving it from ALL angles, not just the flattering ones, specifically in photographs.

I use to always avoid photos of me being taken because whenever I saw them I’d get all “I look like THAT?! I thought I was soo much more…well just not THAT!” and vow to never ever wear that outfit that I once loved so much. I would pick apart things that, in all honesty, was unflattering by conventional beauty standards. 

And don’t even get me started on being fat from the side,delete.delete.delete. 


Every ex-cosmo reader has ingrained into their brain to always pose in a flattering angle while taking photos, “by seductively peeking over your shoulder while popping some of that booty”, to a fierce hands on hips strut walk that would put Naomi Campbell herself to shame. And to defy that golden rule would result in some serious self hating “ohmygod i can’t believe i’m that fat” gasps all night long.

Suddenly all my rolls were on display for the world to see, how many chins can one have?! oh no no no no, ANYTHING but the acne scars that I so desperately try to hide.  PLEASE sweet jesus I will never ever steal from Sephora again if only I could magically never take a photo while caught being fat from the side. 

But I learned to move my stubby fingers away from the ‘Delete’ button, calm the fuck down and take in the ugly. Because there ain’t nothing wrong with being ugly, and unflattering ( I mean FUCK flattering) with photos that show off every roll you ever had and then some, there is nothing wrong with taking up space. and although these photos aren’t conventionally “Pretty” or adhere to one of the 10 things Seventeen Magazine tells us fatties never to wear (BEWARE THE HORIZONTAL STRIPES!) there is nothing wrong with being ugly. Ugly is valid. My body is valid, and embracing my uglyness is what finally pushed me over the edge from body acceptance to radical self love.

So here is me, one of the rare candid photos my friend Betty snapped at me while at dinner, grumpy-texting-face and all. It is the first photo upon seeing that I didn’t automatically feel embarrassed that my friends had to see allathis. I love my ugly, just as much as I love my pretty, both are valid and by embracing the ugly I finally love myself. 

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Just….all the amens to all of this!! This is the place I’m heading, the place I know I’ll get to some day.  Knowing there are others out there doing it—throwing away all the fucks and embracing radical self love—fills my reserves with strength and hope.    

P.S. Lady, you are so beautiful and, my sweet goddess, ROCKING the cleavage!

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fatbellymsgs:

A tad early, but what the hell. C:

fatbellymsgs:

A tad early, but what the hell. C:

fuckyeahfatvegans:

fuck yeah fat vegans just made a response video to an ask we received. we hope you like it! we’d love to hear your thoughts. 

to accompany this video, please check out this rad video on intuitive eating.

and fyi: vanessa is nastyxvx and rachel is ragn

fuck yeah fat vegans just made a response video to an ask we received. we hope you like it! we’d love to hear your thoughts. 

to accompany this video, please check out this rad video on intuitive eating.

and fyi: vanessa is nastyxvx and rachel is ragn

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