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Fat America: Profiting off the Majority-Minority

A fundamental pillar of body diversity activism is the concept that fat people are a persecuted minority in this country. Statistically, people classified as “overweight” actually make up over two-thirds … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Growing Straw Men in a Field of False Equivalence: Conflating HAES with Fat Acceptance

The fat acceptance debate is one fraught with logical fallacies. People who don’t support fat acceptance cite a variety of reasons. Fat is ugly. Being fat can’t be healthy. Fat … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 7 Comments

The Acceptance Gap: Partners

Continued from The Acceptance Gap: Friends Definition of THE ACCEPTANCE GAP When personal and familial duties coexist with a lack of understanding and acceptance of who someone is as a person. This … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Acceptance Gap: Friends

Continued from The Acceptance Gap: Families Definition of THE ACCEPTANCE GAP When personal and familial duties coexist with a lack of understanding and acceptance of who someone is as a person. … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Burn the Underpants: What happens when those you love don’t understand fat acceptance?

A lot of us have come into conflict with others close to us who just don’t understand the fat acceptance and body positivity movements. Some of our loved ones openly … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Tearin’ up the Comments Section

So many people don’t read the comments. They want to stay out of the way, or don’t think they need to weigh in on important issues that impact everyone. That … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Louis CK, I Love You With All of My Big Fat Heart

My husband left me a message last night because he knew I was getting up before him, telling me to watch the new episode of Louie because it was written … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

Reliably, Dr. Douchebag Keeps on Douching

While standing in line at Fred Meyer this weekend, I made the common mistake of looking around. As my eyes scanned the impulse magazine stand, I saw something that gave me the … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rompers, Judgment, and Hypocrisy: Wear Whatever the Hell You Want

I used to be very judgmental of women for what they wore: You’re dressing too young. You aren’t a little girl. You don’t look professional. No one will take you … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

My Ass is Not a Microaggression

Due to unforeseen car trouble, I have been riding the bus all week to and from my various jobs. On the way home yesterday, I found myself a seat on … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

3 Reasons it’s Hard to be a Fatty on the Move

Contrary to popular belief, many fat people are physically active, and enjoy sports, dance, yoga, Pilates, and other forms of exercise. I like canoeing, and ballet, and walking around the … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

GUEST POST: A Problem of Perspective, or, Hate is Easy

By Dan C. I want you to picture someone society considers fat. Got that in your head? Most of you–including me–are probably picturing someone leading an average, healthy life, who … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Skankles, My Rules

Fat whore. Slutty cow. Fat-ass scag. Skanky hambeast. Flabby cum dumpster. Hoochie heifer. These pejoratives slide right off the tongue as if coated with bacon-flavored lube. Every seasoned heckler and troll has an entire pocket dimension … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

URGENT! Fat Filmmaker Being Harassed by Haters

Originally posted on Dances With Fat:
Lindsey Averill is in the process of co-creating the documentary “Fattitude:  A Body Positive Documentary” which the kickstarter page describes as “A feature-length documentary…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part Three: F.A. Confidential

The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part Two: Too Fat, Didn’t Read, focused on the opinions of those who oppose Fat Acceptance, culled from +150 submissions I received based on a questionnaire … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part 2: Too Fat, Didn’t Read

As I learned in The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part 1: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stonewalling, the mere idea that the opposing sides of the Fat … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part One: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stonewalling

This piece was originally supposed to be an examination of opinions. It began as nagging thoughts resulting from my Adventures on Reddit and an exchange on Facebook regarding something I wrote about … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

What questions do you want to ask those opposed to the body positivity movement?

I am writing an article trying to address both sides of the body acceptance issue without requiring any direct confrontation between those involved. My goal is to shape an academic … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fat Tropes: Stupidity

“Fat” has a lot of negative connotations: lazy, gluttonous, slothful, helpless, ugly. One of the worst, most damaging associations is the idea that fat people are stupid. This stereotype is … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Counter-productivity of Craigslist Revenge: How Jezebel got it wrong

Jezebel recently featured a Craigslist “missed connection” where a woman read the riot act to a man for making another woman cry on the subway by calling her fat. First, … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

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The Fat Word supports fat activism, body positivity, and social justice movements worldwide. Inclusivity is paramount. We struggle together, we fight together. The Fat Word is a place for open discussion. We have two rules only. You disparage another person for their appearance and you're gone. All other topics are open for discussion at the moderators discretion. As long as you follow the rules of civil, logical debate, you'll be fine. Straw men are not welcome here, nor are concern trolls. If you have genuine questions about the fat acceptance movement, you're in the right place. If you seek to sow dissent, move along.
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