Well, I’m tickled pink to announce that I have been accepted to present a paper at the 2016 New Zealand Fat Studies: Identity, Agency and Embodiment Conference in Palmerston North in June. My paper, with the tongue-in-cheek working title “Hey! Fat Bitch!” will be on the long term abuse and harassment that fat people (particularly women and girls) face, be it from family, peers or strangers and how that affects our quality of life.
But… I need some help. I have been working as a fat activist now for over 7 years without ever seeking any funds from anywhere. I’ve been able to go to conferences in Sydney in 2010 and Wellington in 2012 (you can read my papers for those conferences at the links provided), done countless events and projects at my own cost and have been engaging with the media all over the world for free to fight to make the world a better place for fat people. Unfortunately, what with the growing cost of living… it’s getting harder and harder to participate in these things when they are costing me my limited funds to do so. I do not have advertising on this blog (except for the WordPress one that only people without a WordPress account can see, which I get no revenue from) and don’t even do reviews for product any more.
So I’m asking if folk can help me get to New Zealand with a GoFundMe campaign. I am seeking to raise the cost of flights, accommodation and the corresponding insurance, plus registration for the conference. Or at least put a significant dent in those costs!
As well as attending the conference, delivering my paper and reaping the networking rewards that I hope to be able then plough back into my activism, I hope to be able to write complimentary articles about the conference and the people involved that I can publish here for all of you. I am also hoping to be able to engage the media in both Australia and New Zealand in some fat positive articles, because every little bit of positive media helps shift the narrative from “the war on obesity” to “fat people have rights too”. I hope to be able to blog both on the road (I’m already thinking of some pieces about flying while fat, and the cultural differences between New Zealand and Australia when it comes to fatness) and around the actual date.
The other good news is that there will be an online registration available for those who wish to either live stream or view on demand the presentations from the conference, which will include mine! For more information on the conference, go to the conference page here.
So, all it leaves me to ask here is that if you can donate, any amount at all, it would be most appreciated. And if you could share the link to either this post or my GoFundMe page around your social media, you’d be doing me a huge favour.