When I was a seven year old girl and just learning to hate my body, a group of women were choosing to stop hating theirs. Today is the 30th anniversary of the book Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression and some bloggers on the Fatosphere are celebrating with a blog carnival. More than ten years later when I had the idea that I could maybe learn to actually like my body, I found amazing support in the fatosphere and books like Fat?So! by Marilyn Wann and Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon, and finding and reading Shadow gave me a connection to the history of the movement that continues to be really important to me (it was a big part of the impetus for the Fat Activist History Project). My copy remains a prized possession.
I was and am so moved at how these women came together – without the internet, the fatosphere, facebook, or smartphones - how they rose up from a society that was fully entrenched in fat phobia, and helped to start a movement from scratch. This book and the amazing women who wrote it inform my activism everyday. I want to live up to the example they set, I want to honor their work and sacrifice. So today’s blog is a thank you to the women who rose up from societal shame and stigma, called it what it was and is (oppression,) and put another option on paper that I was lucky enough to find. From the bottom of my big fat heart, thank you:
Sharon Bas Hannah
Leah Pesa Kushner
Laurie Ann Lepoff
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