A lot of people seem to be under the impression that fat people don't work, but we do. We're part of the workforce, we're part of the economy, and we are productive members of society. We can also face a crushing degree of fatphobia in the workplace.
Like a lot of people, I spend a lot of time on The Internetz™. And much of my time there is spent in online groups and communities for other fat people. There are a lot of them! And these groups cover a wide array of topics! There are groups for healthcare concerns, groups for hygiene, … Continue reading Fategories – Understanding “Smallfat Fragility” & the Fat Spectrum
A few months ago, I finally started following someone on Instagram that the Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating (IE) crowds had been recommending to me for as long as I could remember. At the same time, I followed another account that came highly recommended by a few fat activists I admire. Very … Continue reading 5 Questions for Thin People with Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating Brands
Fat people like food! Include us in your restaurant's business plan and make lots of money!
I'm back to play your internet agony aunt with more reader questions! But before we get down to it, I wanted to let you know what's been going on. Shortly after I published my last post, "An Open Letter to People Who Feel Infringed on by Fat People on Airplanes," WordPress featured my post. I … Continue reading How Do I Deal with Anxiety About Not Fitting in Spaces? – Ask Fluffy Kitten Party
You don't know me, but I know you. I see you glance at me over your magazine or phone at the gate. You cast your gaze downward when I meet it. "I hope I don't get stuck next to her," I imagine you thinking as you go back to scrolling through your social media feed. … Continue reading An Open Letter to Thin People Who Feel Infringed on by Fat People on Airplanes
I've had a rough few months. Since August, I've been working pretty much nonstop. And when I say nonstop, I mean that I've had several days where I have been online working for 24 hours or more. This has been a year where I've been stretching professionally, managing more than I ever have. And it's … Continue reading Traveling While Fat: Walt Disney World for Fat Folks
This week, Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman announced that the company was dropping weight -- literally, they're not Weight Watchers anymore. They're WW. And they're not a diet, you see. They're about wellness. They even partnered with a mindfulness and medication app. Their new tagline is, "Wellness that works." Do they still offer weight loss through … Continue reading Requiem for a Weight Watcher
I was browsing Instagram recently and saw this post from Isabel Foxen Duke's 'gram: I sat with this for a minute. I thought about it. I closed Instagram. I wanted to comment, but I also wanted to think about why this post was so immediately troubling to me. I needed to gather my thoughts. And here … Continue reading Thinness, Happiness, and the Problem of Unchecked Thin Privilege
There has been a lot of talk about Netflix's show Insatiable online lately, including a petition to stop it from airing. And it's not hard to see why. Watch this train wreck for yourself: The story is straight out of the 80s: Patty is a sad fatty who apparently has no identity outside of being sad … Continue reading The Trouble with Fat Suits