Fierce, Freethinking Fatties

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In any social justice movement, activists must sometimes make compromises with squishy allies. Jean ponders just how far can we compromise with good intentions before we compromise our core beliefs.

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Despite a running fat joke, Bronwen found The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren to be a delightful date night movie with her husband.

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Health at Every Size is changing and Drs. Linda Bacon HAES and Lucy Aphramor are leading the charge with a brand new book that emphasizes the importance of tackling the social determinants of health as essential to public health. At the same time, I raise concerns that HAES may be drifting from its core strengths.

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If you’re a fat actress, the pressure to conform is predictably intense. Elm explores the causes and effects of plus-sized actresses who do, and don’t, subjugate their bodies to the Hollywood ideal.

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When a drive-by douchebag slams Shaunta for a two-year-old post, she ponders the benefits of striving for antifragility. In this context, she ponders how Wil Wheaton’s self-loathing has been redirected at all fat people.

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I recently watch a graphic short film called “Supervenus” which brutally vivisects arbitrary beauty ideals. It reminded me of Bronwen’s post on rhinos and unicorns, and how unicorns are a imaginary creation intended to fictionalize reality.

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When you’re a certain size, your clothing options aren’t only limited, but they’re inconsistent and unpredictable as well. In response to fickle fashion houses, vesta put her lifelong sewing skills to work modding the fashions she prefers..

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For Gingeroid, cruising is a way of life. But over the years she has learned a thing or two about being fat aboard the majestic ships. She shares her tips for traveling in physical and psychological comfort.

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Jean follows up her post on Soylent, the nutrient-rich slurry she can’t wait to try. The only problem is she’s caught in the no-man’s land between the HAES philosophy on respecting the hedonic nature of food and the calorie-obsessed philosophy of most Soylenters.

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When Robin Williams committed suicide, it reminded Heather of her own struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. A plea for compassion and understanding from those who take their psychological security for granted.

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The internet cesspool known as reddit has turned swiping photos of fat people and posting them for public humiliation into a sport. So what is a fatty to do when they get their hands on irrefutable confirmation of the identity of one fat-hating troll? To dox or not to dox, that is the question.

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Fashion is often seen as a frivolous side issue by some in Fat Acceptance, but when Casey begins teaching a class for her doctorate degree, she finds just how vital an affordable, professional wardrobe is, and how difficult it can be to maintain for larger bodies.

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While she appreciates the attempt at including the voices of fat people, Lindsey finds the pop culture version of Fat and Body Acceptance to be far too focused on whether or not fat women believe they’re are fuckable or not.

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Warning: This post is about terrible people. Terrible, awful, racist, misogynistic hate-mongers who are also pathetic cowards. I quote from terrible people and cite their terrible bullshit for reasons you’ll soon understand.

Last week, anonymous, terrible people set their sights on Lindsey (aka Feminist Cupcake), one of our bloggers, and Viri, co-producers of a documentary called Fattitude. Ironically, Fattitude is all about fat hatred, although it’s largely about the contempt toward fat people that trickles down. As Lindsey and Viri explain on their Kickstarter, “We are making a feature-length independent documentary that exposes how fat hatred permeates our popular culture, spreading the message that fat is bad and in turn forwarding the idea that being cruel, unkind or downright unjust to a fat person is acceptable behavior.”

[I]n response, an anonymous asshole took the video footage from their Kickstarter and spliced it into the kind of rambling, racist dreck that seems to stimulate the underdeveloped brain stems of 4chan and 9gag users. The following links are from the video itself (I will not link to the mirrored copy I found… no oxygen for trolls), so click at your own discretion. The genius editor who goes by the HI-larious name of GodBlessAdolfHitler interspersed clips from Fattitude with clips of a suicide, the word “joke” flying into the Twin Towers, this racist attack after Magnoliah Black, Lindsey’s face juxtaposed with the North Korean military, and ending with not one, but two anti-Semitic attacks.

In retaliation for having his video removed, GodBlessAdolfHitler doxed Lindsey, some of the interview subjects of Fattitude, and many of the initial Kickstarter donors. Doxing is an attempt to intimidate people by sharing their real life phone numbers, addresses and any other incriminating information. Once that information was released, other haters began ordering pizzas cash on delivery for her, as well as submitting her address to Mormon, Muslim and Jewish websites that send free religious texts to anyone who requests them. Lindsey even found a YouTube comment from a user named “Tyler Babb” who claimed to go to her school and he offered to kill her.

If you find the way Lindsey and Viri were treated deplorable, please donate. If you can empathize with the terror Lindsey felt after reading a death threat from a student at her school, please donate. If you want to hit these racist, misogynistic assholes right where it hurts, please donate.

As of today, Fattitude is nearly halfway to its $38,000 goal with 345 backers and 34 days left. If you don’t have much money, please donate a Solidarity Dollar to show Lindsey and Viri that you support their project, even if you can’t bankroll it single-handedly. Not only is the final fundraising amount important, but uniting a lot of backers can show producers that people are excited about a movie and may help Lindsey and Viri find support for distributing Fattitude.

In short, the way folk devils fight back against the moral panic, even if their voices are drown out by the media, is to strengthen and grow the counter-culture that responds to it. By supporting Fattitude, you will give much-needed resources to a counter-culture documentary that will forcefully push back against the hate. So, please donate.