Folks, I am getting so excited about this zine. I have had a few contributions submitted already, and I’ve written a couple of pieces myself, so it’s shaping up nicely. Now don’t be shy, you can email me at fatheffalump at gmail dot com and for those of you who have already mailed me – send me your pieces! I plan to put this all together while I am on leave (this coming Friday is my last day at work before holidays, woot!) and then have it ready to go out by the end of May/early June.
I am particularly looking for artwork (as I can’t even draw a stick figure!), and I particularly need a cover image. Something that glorifies obesity all over the place!! Send me your fatties!
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering a bit of activist fatigue at the moment. I’m writing a couple of pieces (I’m participating in the University of Queensland Women’s Collective Diversity Week event on Tuesday and have another commissioned piece) which I am finding I have to work a lot harder at than I usually do. Mostly because I’m really quite over being expected to justify our existence as human beings, and to explain why we “deserve” the right to live our lives in dignity and respect, without fear of vilification or ridicule. I think I just need to keep reiterating the following:
- Fat people are human beings.
- ALL human beings have the right to live their lives in dignity and respect, without the fear of vilification or ridicule because of their bodies, health or appearance.
It’s really that simple, and I simply don’t understand why we keep having to argue this shit!
I’d like to focus much more on celebrating fat people. I want to focus much more on appreciating who we are. The richness of our lives. Our diversity, our style, our talent, our passions, our creativity. I want to get us out there into the world and let us see each other. Not for the benefit of the haters, the doubters, the excuse-makers, but for US. I want to see fabulous fat people like me represented everywhere. And because I don’t see that everywhere, I’m going to have to be it myself, and maybe others will follow.
So here’s to fat visibility. Here’s to prodigious bellies, voluminous bosoms, generous butts, thick thighs, round faces, multiple chins, luscious arms, chunky calves and bountiful backs. Here’s to getting out there and being seen and seeing each other.
Make it a goal to smile warmly at other fatties you encounter in the world. Signal boost fab fatties that you find online. Reblog, share, and collate all the fab fatties you find online. Tell a fatty they’re fabulous. Believe me, we all need it from time to time, and it’s so much better to focus on that than the shitty attitudes that force us to continually justify our existence.
Now… share a fab fatty or three (in whatever format) with us in the comments. Let’s link us all up!