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Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators. [Image description: The photograph shows the author, a black man with a short beard and mustache, close-cut hair, and black-rimmed glasses. He is wearing a blue sweater over a plaid shirt and a gray t-shirt. He is smiling and looking directly into the camera.] I have been struggling with “how” to do the work so many of us call social justice. I understand the “why,” or I at least think I do.

I am on a journey to understand my role in changing the world, which is no doubt a privilege. As I began to engage this work in a healthier manner, I noticed patterns of bad habits that “we” educators exhibited while actively being change agents. 1. Be careful on how we hold others “accountable.” 2. How is it that we are some of the first people to forget that we are amazingly privileged? 3. We all know individuals who lead conversations with big words and no context. 4. How often do we just sound off? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. STOP! If you don’t understand, ask questions. Opinion: Fat people say #IAmNotADisease. The American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease Marilyn Wann: Because of the label, fat people will likely encounter more weight bias She says the AMA is focused on profit by focusing on weigh and weigh loss approach Wann: If the AMA truly cares about the health of fat people, they will end the war on obesity Editor's note: Marilyn Wann is author of "FAT!

SO? " and a weight diversity speaker internationally. She is the creator of Yay! (CNN) -- In deciding last week to label one third of Americans -- fat people -- as diseased, the American Medical Association not only went against the advice of its own experts, they also failed to include anyone from fat community in that decision. The AMA seems eager to expand weight-loss treatment and convince insurers to reimburse for it.

New obesity drug Belviq to be available to certain patients 2012: FDA-approved diet drug Qsymia available Marilyn Wann Nation's obesity crisis Weight stigma itself is a direct threat to fat people's health. I Need Fat Acceptance Because... Curiousfancy. Big Beach Bums, Brighton, 2011 Yesterday’s conversation with Marianne on Twitter got me thinking about the necessity for in person fat meets. Here are some of my thoughts, and an idea. Before I went to Uni at the tender age of 19, I was the fattest person I had ever known. As a teenager, I had ranged in size from a UK 14 to 8, and yet, I was the fattest person I’d ever known. Even at Uni, I was one of the biggest people in my class, but what was amazing there were two of my teachers.

They were fat, and they rocked. I didn’t really meet many other fat people in India. Nefferth and Kirsty at PlusLondon, 2011 PlusLondon (1) was my first experience of a fat blogger meet, and it was seminal. When you have spent all your life being an anomaly, an outlier, a freak of nature, with no one you know that you can relate to, and the fat hating world around trying its best to crush you, it is not just important, but crucial to have meets like this.

Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads. Hide captionIn one of the print ads in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life campaign, a young girl says she doesn't like going to school, because "all the other kids pick on me. It hurts my feelings. " Courtesy of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta In one of the print ads in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life campaign, a young girl says she doesn't like going to school, because "all the other kids pick on me. It hurts my feelings. " Stark billboards and television commercials that feature overweight kids are part of a controversial anti-obesity campaign in Atlanta. The goal of the "Stop Sugarcoating It, Georgia" ads is to shock families into recognizing that obesity is a problem. The campaign is making an impact, but the tactics are raising questions.

One of the ads features a little boy and his mom entering a room with two folding chairs. "Mom, why am I fat? " The mother bows her head, and the tag line appears. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/YouTube "It has to be harsh. I Stand Against Weight Bullying - Page 1 of 34. UK | Magazine | Why are fat people abused? Shouted at, spat at and even attacked, overweight people are campaigning for laws to protect them. Why is "fattism" seen by many as an acceptable prejudice? "You big fat pig" is all Marsha Coupe heard before she was kicked in the stomach and punched in the face. The 53-year-old businesswoman says she was sitting in an almost empty train carriage in the early evening when she was kicked, punched and shouted at for taking up two seats. Her attacker was pulled off by another passenger and restrained, but got off at the next stop before the police arrived.

It might surprise some people that the person doing the kicking and punching was a middle-aged woman, who was also travelling alone. "Fat people are fair game for everyone," says Ms Coupe, who weighs 22 stone (139kg). "The normal rules about behaviour, respect and common courtesy don't apply to us. " The rise of what could be called "fattism" is being met with a backlash from those who are affected, triggering a nascent rights movement.

Guilty. About Representative Byron Rushing. Byron Rushing was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1982. In the legislature, Byron's priorities are human and civil rights, and the development of democracy; local human, economic and housing development; and housing and health care for all. Byron successfully sponsored legislation to create the Commission to develop a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in the Commonwealth; that Commission which he co-chaired with Undersecretary Tina Brooks released its report and 5-year plan in 2008. The plan has been adopted by the Deval Patrick administration. He sponsored the law for the over-the-counter sale of sterile needles and the law creating statewide guidelines for hospitals dealing with violence victims. He is a chief sponsor of legislation for substance abuse "treatment on demand. " He co-chairs the state's Health Disparities Council.

From 1972 to 1985, he was President of the Museum of Afro-American History. A Few Thoughts on Youtube Trolls and Why It Really Is OK to be Fat and Visible. A Few Thoughts on Youtube Trolls and Why It Really Is OK to be Fat and Visible by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. June 03 2013 I really, really wanted my TEDx talk on “Why It’s Okay To Be Fat” to go viral. And it kind of did go viral. I just didn’t think it would happen the way it did. Within a day or two of the talk going live on youtube, troll groups on bodybuilding forums and reddit set out to systematically shut it down.

Comments are now disabled, mainly because many of my supporters contacted the TEDx people and convinced them to turn off the comments. It seemed like about 5% of the negative comments were of the, “DUH! To be honest, there were definitely moments when the comments got to me. At the same time, I feel like I’m pretty much the perfect person for this to happen to, because I really can take it . That’s the thing that scares me most.

Every time you stop yourself from doing something because you’re worried about what trolls will do, they win . So here’s my take on trolls. ShareThis. The Body Images Project. Fat Prejudice Exists — Model Ireland Baldwin and Others Speak Out. Abercrombie & Fitch Ads Reimagined As "Attractive & Fat" Frequently Asked Questions! - It Gets Fatter! An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian's Armpit Fat  - Virgie Tovar: Body Image Expert & Coach. WeightDiscriminationLaw_Obesity_4.13.pdf (application/pdf Object) The Venus of Willendorf Project Goes National. Its time to take this message national right beside the ads that sell the diets. Here is how you can help! I have already placed ads in several magazines that will appear the first two weeks on May in honor of "No Diet Day"May 6th.

Now I need you to turn this grass roots effort into a movement. Graphic Design: Amanda Moyer I’m asking you to contribute to my project by donating money to help me continue to place my ads in more magazines in direct opposition to the diet ads and slim quick schemes. Magazines that pitch recipes for 10 layer chocolate cakes and articles with Dr. I’m offering people a cool, creative way to get rid of their unwanted diet books, liberate themselves from the oppressive hold of unrealistic body ideals, and to contribute in the making of some historic art. The Venus of Willendorf Project I began the Venus of Willendorf Project around 7 years ago, inspired by a diet commercial I saw on TV. Diet Detour Installation. Here are some SHOCKING numbers You know you do! How to Have Sex While Fat: A Short Guide to Sexy Fun for Fatties and People Who F#&@ Them. Even when someone "cares about my health," what it often really comes down to is that they do not want to have sex with a fat person: "You can't make me want to fuck a fat person.

" This is actually true. If you don't want to fuck me, I cannot force you to want to fuck me. And, indeed, I would not want to force you because that would be icky and gross and far too complicit in perpetuating rape culture for me to be into it. The thing that these folks don't seem to get? There are actually plenty of people who want to have sex with fatties. But for some reason, fat sex seems to be the most threatening topic ever for a whole lot of people. Fat sex gets fetishized and turned into a taboo topic. My hair used to be really long. (I'd clarify that "sexual pleasure" is a highly variable and personal definition and some folks are not interested in it and that is also completely and totally rad.

Ah, sex. Part of having a healthy and satisfying sex life as a fat person is learning to get over that. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls... SO I WILL. (All images by the incredible Liora K) Things that I wish I knew earlier Things that I've learned in real life. Things people really need to talk about more: Everyone has rolls when they bend over. Everyone. Lets just get this out of the way right off the bat.

You're not stunning despite your body. A guy can pick you up off your feet, and it won't break his back. You don't need to exercise every day in order to feel better about yourself. You're allowed to fall in love with yourself. It's also okay to have days were you don't love yourself. Everyone's boobs are uneven. There are people who prefer large ladies. Fat chicks bang hot guys... Wearing whatever you want is a political statement. Say it with me. What else belongs on this list? Share it in the comments below, and lets keep this conversation going.

[EDIT: I'd like to add, because apparently it's necessary, that if you post a fat shaming or hateful comment below it will be deleted. Pushing Limits - April 5, 2013 at 2:30pm. Pushing Limits, for April 5, 2013 - 2:30pm Pushing Limits Fat body activist Amanda Levitt speaks with co hosts Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby why being fat does not mean she is a person with a disability However, do the two communities share similar characteristics or experiences? Do us disabled share common barriers like facing various forms of discrimination or ....or being victimized by negative and ugly stereotypes.

Are we being silly when we are told that one of the reasons people are fat is that we eat to much fast food in contemporary USA. What does Amanda think about some of the superficial impressions; but yes--we want to know why being fat is not being disabled. More from this show: About the Show | Archives of this Show | Playlists from this Show. (3) Facebook. Fat is a Political Issue | Pushing Limits. Listen (28 min) “If we actually started calling bullying what it is and address it as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, fat phobia and classism it would actually give children a better way to deal with the very same power dynamics they will face as adults, while also giving adults more responsibility to challenge the intolerance that is rooted within our society overall.“ Amanda Levitt Amanda Levitt Amanda Levitt founded “Love Your Body Detroit” a grassroots non-profit activism organization dedicated to bringing awareness of fat phobia and weight bias to Metro Detroit.

Her blog Fat Body Politics goes way beyond the common blather of diets and obesity epidemic. Amanda comes to talk about the state of fat activism, what people with disabilities have to learn from alliances with fat activists and much more. Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby host. Produced by Eddie Ytuarte. N o l o s e : the revolution just got bigger. How Not To Be A Dick To Your Fat Friends. Me and my fatness, just chilling in a waiting room. I think it's pretty well established at this point that I, like many other people in America and around the world, am fat. There's nothing really special about being fat, of course -- so many of us are, to varying degrees. But there's something about fatness as perceived by American (and many other) cultures -- it's like my big fat body just invites people to make (often rude) comments.

But you, you are not an asshole. I know this because you have told me so. And because you are not an asshole, I feel like I can say these things to you, in the hopes that you will think about them the next time you hang out with a friend who might be fat -- or even the next time you interact with a fat person that you don't know. You don't want to be like that friend of mine who went on and on, drunkenly, about how gross it probably would be to have sex with President Taft without realizing that I weigh more than he did when he was President. 1.

Listen. Fat Princesses | Beth Bluestocking. So I have been meaning to post this for a long long time now. These pictures aren’t the best but they are all I have of this! Seriously, painting these was like the bane of my existence! It all started in Fall of 2011… I was in my Painting II class and had no idea what I wanted to do for my project (as a second level you basically can choose what you want to paint and do not have to follow the class)… I took me almost a whole month to decide what I wanted to do. I had been going back and forth, but I had really wanted to do something with body image but just didn’t know what. So I thought about it and wanted to paint fat disney princesses, and I knew from the start one of my points was that they would be happy and just like the normally are- only fat too! Because during my research I found other art that had fat disney princesses, but I just hated how they looked miserable… I wanted them to be happy in their bodies!

Jasmine was the first princess I painted. Belle…. Snow White. Mulan. Haley Morris-Cafiero. Whether we care to admit it, most of us care what other people think. We move through life trying to avoid stares or judgement, eschewing the distain of strangers or the displeasure of friends. Photographer Halley Morris-Cafiero bravely explores the idea of being an object of judgement with her series, Wait Watchers. Haley received her BFA in Ceramics and BA in Photography from the University of North Florida and her MFA in Art from the University of Arizona. She currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee where she is the Director of the MFA Program and the Head of Photography at Memphis College of Art. She is a national member of the A.I.R. Gallery was named a “FotoFest Stand Out” by Manfred Zollner, Editor of fotoMAGAZIN. Wait Watchers For my series, Wait Watchers, I set up a camera in a heavy-traffic, public area.

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