Archive for June, 2008

The Fat Experience.

I love that title. It sounds a little like a ride at California Adventure.

My friend, the incomparable Stacy Bias, has just launched a totally awesome new project:

It’s “The Fat Experience Project.” and you can view it here:

http://thefatexperience.com

From her email:

The goal of the Fat Experience Project is to map the global experience of fat in a way that is human, has a face, a heart, a mind, a body and a voice. The Fat Experience Project is an oral, visual and written history project which seeks to be a humanizing force in body image activism. By collecting and sharing the many and varied stories of individuals of size, the Fat Experience Project seeks to engage with, educate, empower and enrich the lives of people of size, our allies and the world at large.

As the project grows, it will be filled with first-person, non-fiction narratives (in text, video or mp3 format) that speak to the many and varied aspects of the life lived large. Some of the content will come from interviews already gathered on an extensive 2-month road trip (with the lovely Val Garrison) in both audio and video format. Some content will come from trips on the horizon. Most content will be submitted via the website by readers such as yourself.

It is my hope that the project will be a community tool to combat prejudice/stereotype/discrimination as well as to help externalize shame so it can discussed and dissipated. The things we keep silent about are the things that do us the most harm. Shared burden is lighter. I am hoping, as well, that the project may eventually be used as a humanizing resource for fat studies and social anthropology courses.

I am writing to ask for your help in both the promotion of and the participation in this project. It is my fondest hope that, ultimately, with time and resources, this project will grow beyond a specific and exclusive fat focus and move toward addressing the many intersections of shame.

In the meantime, I would love your help in the form of passing this along to your readers/mailing lists/friends/family/anyone you feel may benefit from hearing about this project.

I also welcome comments, constructive criticism and volunteers.

Thanks for your time and energy!
Big BIG love,

Stacy Bias
http://thefatexperience.com
http://www.stacybias.net

I’m really excited about this thing…

Fat Rant 3 : Staircase Wit

A HUGE thank you to my outta control seat of the pants cast. 🙂

check out:
http://www.fatrant.com

http://kateharding.net/but-dont-you-realize-fat-is-unhealthy/

http://fatfu.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/hi-to-nyt-and-chi-trib-readers-and-other-noobs/

http://myspace.com/misschenese

http://greathealinggetaways.com/

And my blue dress is from INES .. You can get one here:
http://shoptranslated.com/s80a.html
(They’re having a 50% off sale – code: SUMMERSALE)

So… What do you think??

Velvet Down Under

I love Velvet so much. I wish I could take classes at her school of incrediblity. She’s got a new interview in the Australian news because some designer
has decided to expand her line to include plus sizes, but doesn’t want to talk about it. Aside from that article (which only has quotes from her business partner), the designer has apparently been refusing interviews in fear of being associated too deeply with her new customers. Thank God Velvet’s not afraid to be recognized.

A lot of the designers, or at least the magazines, are certainly dependent on advertisers. And advertisers don’t want to take any risks. It’s clear that people know that fat is unhealthy. However they don’t seem to get that what’s humorous about that whole argument is just the fact that every day we are inundated with images of Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie etc…. And so while I’m banned virtually from being in any womens magazines or in any media because they say, ‘Well, you know, you weigh so much weight, it would be like sort of like promoting obesity’. The notion that every single thin person is healthy is utterly ludicrous. I think that that stops the mainstream designers form being inclusive of bigger sizes because then it’s going to be purported that they’re celebrating what is perceived as being unhealthy.

Check it out… and rent Avida while you’re at it…



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