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Episode 30: Today in Fatness-Fall 2017 edition

11/1/2017
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From time to time we like to check in on what’s going on in fat news, and there are a few subjects to touch on this fall. This is Today in Fatness–Fall 2017 edition. In this episode I talk about This is Us’s fat lead character, Kate and her evolution since the last time we Continue Reading The post Episode 30: Today in Fatness-Fall 2017 edition appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:08:40


Episode 29: It’s Been a Rough Month–Experiencing Fatphobia in Medical Care

10/24/2017
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I’ve been involved in fat acceptance for over 15 years, and on my best day I can raise all kinds of hell about misinformation and fatphobia in medical care. But on my worst day, when I’m the one who is sick and vulnerable and on the wrong end of a doctor’s weight-related lecturing, it’s a Continue Reading The post Episode 29: It’s Been a Rough Month–Experiencing Fatphobia in Medical Care appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:18:22


A Mattress Made Specifically for Fat People?! My Big Fig Mattress Experience (Sponsored)

10/22/2017
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I’m sure many fat people can relate when I say that I have a very fraught relationship with mattresses. It has always just seemed like beds weren’t made with fat bodies in mind. They sag or the materials scrunch up or sometimes they just break entirely. I’ve just never been perfectly happy with any mattress Continue Reading The post A Mattress Made Specifically for Fat People?! My Big Fig Mattress Experience (Sponsored) appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:06:30


Episode 27: Yeah I’m Fat and I Don’t Give A Fuck–Grace Tells Her Story

9/15/2017
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We know by now that “inclusive” in beauty and body positive campaigns doesn’t necessarily mean that people of color are represented. Slowly, though (very, very slowly) the tide seems to be turning and retailers seem to be hearing our calls for non-white representation. But it’s still so incredibly rare to see fat Asian people in Continue Reading The post Episode 27: Yeah I’m Fat and I Don’t Give A Fuck–Grace Tells Her Story appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:50:30


Episode 26: You Have Qualities That Littleness Can Never Possess–Meredith Noble of Made on a Generous Plan on Health at Every Size

8/31/2017
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As a superfat woman and fat activist, I’ve always felt a little skeptical about Health at Every Size. “Health” just isn’t a word that treats fat people very well. In fact, it’s very often used as a weapon that attempts to derail fat pos discussion. I’ve always assumed that it was part of the “good fatty” Continue Reading The post Episode 26: You Have Qualities That Littleness Can Never Possess–Meredith Noble of Made on a Generous Plan on Health at Every Size appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:30:13


Episode 25: “How American Diet Culture Negatively Affects Latinas”–A Chat with Author Viviana Rose

8/15/2017
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White women think we have a monopoly on body size oppression. We’ve all heard (and probably repeated at some point) the racist stereotype that fatness is more accepted in black and brown communities. This is simply not true, and we white people should get out of the way and let fat POC tell their own stories about Continue Reading The post Episode 25: “How American Diet Culture Negatively Affects Latinas”–A Chat with Author Viviana Rose appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:13:53


Episode 24: “Just Be Confident!” and Other Useless Advice For Fat People

8/4/2017
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It’s kind of our culture’s greatest tradition to tell each other how to act and what’s good for us. “Just be confident!” is one of those vague directives that we’ve all heard a hundred times–it’s the apparent solution to all of our problems. Episode 24: “Just Be Confident!” and Other Useless Advice for Fat People Continue Reading The post Episode 24: “Just Be Confident!” and Other Useless Advice For Fat People appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:07:35


Episode 23: Cat Polivoda, Cake Plus Size Resale, & Building a Business that Serves the Fat Community

7/18/2017
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“Or I could just say whatever and open a plus size thrift shop…” What do you do when you’re a fashion-forward, business-minded woman who is fed up by how difficult plus size shopping can be? You create something different. That’s what Cat Polivoda did when she created Cat’s Closet. It started with just selling her Continue Reading The post Episode 23: Cat Polivoda, Cake Plus Size Resale, & Building a Business that Serves the Fat Community appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:32:11


Episode 22: Today in Fatness (June 2017)

7/5/2017
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Between TFL episodes there are often stories about fatness and activism that I want to comment on, but most of the time they’re just quick little things that are either too small or too new to talk about in a full episode. Some of these are things that I feel are actually incredibly significant for our movement, Continue Reading The post Episode 22: Today in Fatness (June 2017) appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:11:49


Episode 21: From Body Shame to SassyPants–An interview with Elizabeth Terry

6/26/2017
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Elizabeth Terry was a big kid who started attending Weight Watchers meetings with her mom before she even hit puberty. She learned body shame before she learned algebra, and she carried that shame with her throughout middle and high school. In her first email to me, her opening line was “I have had the wonderful Continue Reading The post Episode 21: From Body Shame to SassyPants–An interview with Elizabeth Terry appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:19:40


Episode 4: It’s a Big Big World–A response to This American Life’s Tell Me I’m Fat

5/31/2017
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So This American Life is rerunning their “Tell Me I’m Fat” episode from last summer this week, and I keep seeing people discover this episode on NPR’s facebook page and talk about how life-changing it was for them. But if you’ve heard Episode 4 of The Fat Lip, you know that I didn’t think it Continue Reading The post Episode 4: It’s a Big Big World–A response to This American Life’s Tell Me I’m Fat appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:28:24


Episode 20: Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t Selling Out, But Justifying it by Fat Shaming Is

5/24/2017
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The fat positive community was shaken up last week when Ashley Nell Tipton, one of our few fat representatives in mainstream entertainment, announced that she had weight loss surgery last month. But the community’s shock and hurt wasn’t for the reason you think. Sure it smarts to hear that we’re losing one of our tiny Continue Reading The post Episode 20: Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t Selling Out, But Justifying it by Fat Shaming Is appeared first on The Fat Lip.

Duration: 00:12:34


Episode 19: Desiring Fat People: Preference or Fetish?

5/5/2017
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If you’re a fat person (particularly a fat woman,) you are no stranger to the “I like big women” comment. It’s awkward, and it often feels like the speaker feels entitled to special privileges or access based on this admission. For fat people this can be a wholly unwelcome message. We want to date people who wantContinue Reading

Duration: 00:24:24


Episode 18: The Fat Lady Sings- A conversation on fat people as patients of psychotherapy with author Cheryl Fuller

4/21/2017
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Cheryl Fuller is a Jungian psychotherapist and a fat woman, and throughout her career she has confronted the common approaches to working with fat people in therapy. Her new book, The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and Its Effects, explores the trauma of fat stigma and the troubling practice of recommendingContinue Reading

Duration: 00:25:18


Episode 17: My 600Lb Life, Infinifats, and Darlene Cates: Fat activism is underserving our fattest peers

4/4/2017
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I recently got an email from a listener asking for my thoughts on My 600Lb Life, a TLC show about very fat people, most of whom are pursuing weight loss surgery. I have been thinking about this show for a while, but my problem with shows like these have nothing to do with the fat peopleContinue Reading

Duration: 00:14:01


Episode 16: TSA Pat-Downs, SheWees, and the Wonders of Pre-boarding–Air Travel for Superfats

3/19/2017
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Alison covered superfat air travel extensively in her blog post (Read it here!) but we wanted to take an episode to go over some of the most important things to keep in mind when you’re traveling by air. In this episode we talk about how to prepare for your flight, how to get through security,Continue Reading

Duration: 00:49:12


Episode 15: Fats of the Resistance–You can resist even if you can’t march!

2/1/2017
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In the last couple of weeks especially, we’ve seen millions upon millions of people around the world protesting the actions of the new US president. Immediately following the election, Ann Coulter tweeted in response to protests that “without fat girls, there would be no protests.” And for once I think she’s absolutely right! But someContinue Reading

Duration: 00:16:21


Episode 14: Alternative Fats–Low key fat-positive action you can take during this crazy year.

1/27/2017
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This year is already pretty intense, so it’s been hard to figure out how to talk about fat positivity lately—it just feels like there are so many other things of critical importance right now. But making fat peoples’ lives better matters and it’s a worthy cause, so we have to keep going. In today’s episodeContinue Reading

Duration: 00:13:36


Episode 13: The Big Fat Holiday Episode–Strategies for Surviving Fat Holiday Hell

12/23/2016
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The holidays can be a real shitshow when you’re fat. Travel is terrible, family dinners are a minefield, and sometimes you just have to find a place to hide and cry. Or read a book on your cat, apparently? In today’s episode Alison and I are talking about strategies to get through the holidays, noContinue Reading

Duration: 00:31:37


Episode 12: This Is NOT Us–NBC’s Hit Drama Doesn’t Do Fat People Any Favors

12/16/2016
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Believe me, no one was more hopeful than I was when I learned that NBC’s new show, This Is Us, featured a very fat woman in a lead role. But we’ve learned time and time again that mainstream media doesn’t treat us well, and this time is no exception. This is Us treats its fatContinue Reading

Duration: 00:19:41

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