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.
"I know this is a sensitive topic," you say to me as I sit on your examination table. Don't go there, please don't go there, can we just get through one appointment without this conversation? We had this conversation last time and it was so awful it had me in frustrated tears for hours after my … Continue reading A Sensitive Topic
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!
Since I published a post on the issue of flying on aeroplanes while fat in January, there has been a steady stream of essays flooding my inbox. It's slowed a little bit, thankfully, since that first day when my inbox had literally hundreds of comment notifications overnight. But at least once every few days, I … Continue reading A Note to the Fledgling Essayists in My Comments Section
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
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
A bowl of yogurt seems like a strange adversary, but yogurt and I have been at war for years. I like yogurt. I really do! It's sweet, fruity, you can put fun things in it like granola and blueberries and even chocolate chips, it doesn't require preparation, and it's a decently filling and convenient breakfast … Continue reading Eating My Way to the Other Side