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:

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

I’m really excited about this thing…

6 Responses to “The Fat Experience.”

  1. 1 Stacy June 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    thank you thank you thank you! XOXOXO

  2. 2 Jackie June 27, 2008 at 5:54 am

    In case anyone cares, that ride also is at Disneyworld in Epcot now. I went on it, it’s really fun, if you don’t hate heights.

  3. 3 Carly June 27, 2008 at 10:28 am

    i saw a link to your you tube stuff the other day on a blog i read. . . then i turn on the tv just as ‘crosswords’ is ending and i see you winning. that was enough to make me come back to comment 🙂 congrats on the trip to Jamaica 🙂

  4. 4 anzilove June 28, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    just saw your fat rant on Big Fat Deal and you are a beautiful role model, thanks!

  5. 5 maria lawson July 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    hi joy!
    i saw u on tv tonight.
    last night i was so upset because of my fat legs and weird butt!
    iam trying to get over it.
    i feel iam pretty in the top part like face, hair etc but from waste down i feel like frankenstien!
    i want to be happy and confident!
    i miss out on beaches , swim trips etc!
    i will not wear shorts in public or bathing suits!
    iam tramatised but i know i need to stop feeling this way.
    someone hurt me long ago by telling me how ugly my legs were!
    someone who loved me and still supposedly does.
    i try to eat healthy but have to starve to be skinny!
    i love food and really try not however to overeat but i will not starve again.
    iam 42 .
    iam enjoying your page.
    thanks for helping ppl!
    are u on my space?
    iam topanga_snoopy there…code name ..candy cane..
    have a great day!
    maria , mayodan nc.

  6. 6 Robert Wicker July 12, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    This lady is so fine. I wish I had a woman like that. I’d be showing her off everywhere! Some people have all the luck. It would be nice to have a heavier woman that was proud to be how she is and work what she is blessed with.

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