Cherchez La Femme
Well, it’s been a good long while. And this isn’t a ‘real’ post so much as a drive-by thank you to all the folks who came along to Cherchez La Femme on Tuesday night to talk about fat and feminism with us. Y’all were awesome and amazing, and it was great to have the opportunity for a public discussion about fat in such an open forum.
I’m also in awe of my co-panellists, Jenny, Elizabeth, and Lili, who were all incredibly articulate, generous, and damn funny to boot. And of course massive thanks to Karen, who put the whole evening together. It was a really fantastic night, and it’s reinvigorated my enthusiasm for fat activism and community.
I also wanted to post a few links to some resources for folks who might be new to fat acceptance (or just looking for new things to read).
First, some Melbourne fat groups you should check out:
Chub Republic - a newly formed group of rad fatties intent on changing the world through dance, fashion, and other joyful things. Check out our inaugural Fabulous Fatshion Extravaganza on Sunday 11 September.
Aquaporko Melbourne – a fat femme (and femme-friendly) synchronised swim team.
We also mentioned (and in some cases, forgot to mention) a bunch of books. These are a great place to start, but there’s plenty more out there. Omission from this list is in no way condemnation; it’s necessary to get this post up.:
Fat!So? Marilyn Wann
Revolting Bodies: The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity, Kathleen LeBesco
Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression, edited by Kathleen LeBesco & Jana Evans Braziel
The Fat Studies Reader, edited by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay
The ‘Fat’ Female Body, Samantha Murray
Health At Every Size, Linda Bacon
Big Big Love, Hanne Blanke (NB: A new edition is due out in September)
Fat & Proud, Charlotte Cooper
Also some blogs:
You should definitely read Elizabeth & Lili’s blogs (linked above), but there’s a whole big wide fatosphere out there. Here are a few places to get started (ditto with omissions here):
Notes from the Fatosphere feed (one of a number of fat-activists feeds)