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Quick Hit: New Super Fats Podcast is UP!

Published March 5, 2011 by Fat Heffalump

Well, I’ve been sick over the past few days with a raging ear infection, so I’ve not much been in the mood for blogging.  But the good news is that last weekend another Superfats podcast was recorded with my fabulous co-Super Fats, Nicole from A Well Rounded Venture and Anna from Bargain Fatshionista.

Clicky Clicky the logo to go to the podcast, or guess what?  You can subscribe to us on iTunes, which means you can get our podcasts downloaded automatically whenever we post a new one, straight into your iPod, iPhone or other player.  Just go to iTunes, search Super Fats and there we are with our fab logo (above) for you to subscribe to.

This latest podcast was on the subject of Fatshion, which I’m sure Nicole, Anna and myself could have talked about a whole lot longer, and we may need to revisit sometime in the future.

Please leave us comments on the Super Fats page, we love to hear from those of you who are listening.

Oh, and for Aussie Super Fats – I am currently listing some clothing on eBay for sale – mostly new with tags, mostly around the size 22-24-26 sizes.  Including some items from Asos Curve that are a smidge too small for me.  Here’s the first one I’ve listed, click on “More from this Seller” to see others as I put them up.

Super Fats – We’re Podcasting Baby!

Published February 21, 2011 by Fat Heffalump

I am so excited!!

A few weeks ago the lovely Anna from Bargain Fatshionista and the lovely Nicole from A Well Rounded Venture asked me if I would be interested in podcasting with them.  The answer?  HELL YES!

And so may I present to you…

Just click on the image to be taken to our inaugural Super Fats podcast.  When you are there, you can download the first podcast, subscribe to the RSS feed AND we’ve submitted it to iTunes as well, so soon you will be able to subscribe there as well.

Make sure you comment on the podcast post so we know which bits you like, your thoughts on the topic and what you’d like to hear us talk about in the future.

I am so excited to share this with you all, I had lots of fun recording it with Anna and Nicole, and I look forward to us recording more.

We Were All N00bs Once

Published January 23, 2011 by Fat Heffalump

I want to talk about n00bs today.  Or newbies.  Or greenhorns.  Or whatever you want to call people who are new to an idea, a concept, a community, a skill or job.

For those of you who don’t know what a n00b is, UrbanDictionary.com defines it as: A inexperienced and/or ignorant or unskilled person.  It originated in gaming culture but is now used to refer to any person who fits those criteria.

I had a bit of a rail at Twitter late last night after reading two different people making fun of n00bs, actually not just making fun, but directly hating on them.  Ridiculing them publicly, without giving direct identifying details, but anyone who knows the people or the circles they travel in could probably work it out pretty quickly.

It really makes me angry, because we are all n00bs at some point, repeatedly across our lives.  Every single one of us has times in our life that we are learning a new skill, job or concept.  In fact, those of us who aren’t regularly n00bs are the ones who are stagnant, dull and unchallenged.

In the context of Fat Acceptance, I see the general disdain of n00bs quite a bit.  Over at Not Blue at All, there was a very good podcast with Brenda and Julie of the Busty Traveller on how n00bs are received in the community.  Now of course, nobody is talking of the willfully ignorant, those who come in just to troll, or who don’t want to hear thoughts and concepts different to those that are the status quo.  We all have to deal with those, and yeah, sometimes anger and disdain are the only tools you have left to deal with those.  But so often people come in to Fat Acceptance with questions and don’t fully understand what it is we’re talking about.

Once upon a time, every one of us was that n00b.  Every one of us came from the world of mainstream thinking on fat, where fat = bad, or unhealthy, and that fat should be removed no matter the cost.  We bought the magazines, we watched the television shows and media, we listened to what doctors told us about needing to lose weight to cure our ailments.  But something brought us to Fat Acceptance.  We saw something that made us look twice, that made us ask questions, read more blogs.

For me it was photos on Tumblr.  I followed a link, I asked a question or two, I commented on a few blogs.  These things all led me to become a Fat Acceptance activist.  Sometimes along the way, I made some mistakes.  I didn’t understand things.  I blundered when I tried to describe how I was feeling.  I used the wrong language.  Sadly, when I was a n00b, some people shat all over me and tried to bully me out of speaking.  But thankfully, there were those who just answered my question, or posted links that would help me.  If they didn’t want to engage, they didn’t have to, but they recognised that sometimes people are just new and don’t get it yet, that if they keep doing what they do, then they’re encouraging those n00bs to keep reading and keep questioning and keep expanding their horizons.

Yes, sometimes people just want to argue, they just want to push, they just want to shout you down.  This week I dealt with one on Twitter who seemed to decide that I was going to be a good person to goad repeatedly into an argument, and I had to disengage.  Nothing wrong with that.  I did attempt to give him some information and make my point, but there came a point where he just wasn’t going to get it, he just wanted to be pedantic, so I made the decision to let go.

Sometimes you just arc up out of frustration, or you’re having a bad day, someone was just mean to you, or some other reason.  It happens to all of us.  It happens to me a lot.

Now I’m not saying that you have to educate every person that comes by your blog or Twitter or whatever.  I’m not saying you have to devote your time to hand feeding every new person to come along to Fat Acceptance or whatever other area you’re skilled/informed in.  But when someone asks a question, and does so without ad hominem attacks, ask yourself if it is a legitimate question.  If it is, consider answering it.  You don’t have to, but if you can, and have the time, maybe do so from time to time.  Don’t lecture, don’t bully, don’t talk down.  Just answer it.  If you don’t want to, don’t.  Or provide a link/resource.

Whether you respond or not, realise that every one of us is a n00b at some point and the fact that someone is exploring new concepts, ideas and skills is an awesome thing. Remember how it felt when you were the n00b.  Do you want to treat someone the way you were treated?  If you think it’s ok for you to hate on a n00b, then perhaps it’s time for you to stretch yourself a bit and be a n00b at something yourself before you get stagnant.

But most importantly, when you next encounter a n00b, think of this:

Raise your hand if you’ve never made a mistake/got it wrong in your life.

Just a Quickie: Two Whole Cakes Fatcast

Published May 4, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

Haven’t got a lot of blog time tonight, but I really, really wanted to share something with you all.

Marianne Kirby of The Rotund and Leslie Kinzel of Fatshionista have got together and started podcasting with Two Whole Cakes: Fatcast.

I have listened to the first two so far and can highly recommend them for those of you within the fatosphere and those of you who want to know more about the fatosphere and fat acceptance, be you a Fatty McFatterson yourself or not.

Marianne and Leslie get right down into it quick sticks, and talk about the politics of fat acceptance, their experiences and their thoughts on where the movement is going and in fact has been.  But they do so with bucketloads of fun, good grace and humour.  I have discovered that I can’t listen to the podcasts on the bus because people stare at the giggling fat lady!  Yet I also found myself nodding along in agreement and a few lightbulbs going off as the ladies articulate things I have been unable to.

If you follow this link, you will be able to download the podcasts or subscribe via iTunes, and can see the notes and links the ladies have mentioned in the podcasts as well.

Well, what are you waiting for?