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Hotter Than July Bellydance Extravaganza, Saturday July 9th at 1pm, Berkeley, CA [03 Jul 2011|12:48pm]


The Hotter than July Bellydance Extravaganza is a celebration of the Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Summer Program.  The event will be held July 9, 2011 at 1:00pm at the La Peña Cultural Center at 3105 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley.  Now in its second year and led by Raks Africa, Girls Raks is a fun and engaging summer program for girls ages 13-19.  The goal of the program is to provide survival tools for girls of all sizes who may struggle with body image and self-esteem issues.  The two-week program gives teenage girls an opportunity to have a body-positive experience, free of judgment and competition.
A $10 to $20 donation at the door is suggested.  The Extravaganza features Bay Area bellydance treasures Nanna Candelaria, Ahava, Monica Berini, Khalilah, Queenie TT, Asata Iman, Zadiyah, Raks al Khalil, Shabnam’s Ooh La La Dancers, Monica McCartney and a special performance from summer program participants, Girls Raks and event producers, Raks Africa.

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my fat-posi blog [03 Feb 2010|10:51am]

hmm i don't know if anyone reads this anymore, but i recently started a fat-posi blog!

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Project [20 Dec 2009|10:28am]

hi everyone! i've started a project to help women learn to embrace their body's (myself included) i'd really like a range of all shapes and sizes included. i thought this community would help represent some of the ideas behind riotsnotdiets - to speak out about your body. (if this is too off topic, let me know and i'll delete)
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Dance Clases for Bigger Bodies Start January 10th in Austin, Texas [23 Dec 2008|07:57pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Woo Hoo, it's actually happening! 

I'm a plus-sized Professional Dancer based out of Austin Texas and I'll be teaching these classes every Saturday starting on January 10th in a completely private studio in Central Austin.

Beginner Class at 2pm.
Intermediate Class at 3pm.

Please rsvp to danceswithfat@yahoo.com so that I can be sure I'm prepared for enough people.

Classes are open to anyone who is  completely size-positive regardless of size.!
For more details  check out my website!!!!

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What is Fat Acceptance? [22 Dec 2008|06:17pm]

[ mood | curious ]

A post that was inspired by devi42 :

I have seen cases in the Fat Acceptance Community where someone feels like they have pushed their body over it's ideal natural weight.  Typically the person in question is talking about using healthy behaviors to change this situation.  I have seen these people get pummelled by members of the Fat Acceptance Community who tell them that you can't believe in Fat Acceptance and still desire to lose weight.

I think that fat acceptance should be about loving your body - whether you are happy with the way that you are currently treating it or not.  I think that I am currently about 50lbs over where my body would prefer to be - it's not my body's fault that I am not treating it as well as I would could.  I still love and appreciate my body and think that it is amazing (not only a little bit because it continues to dance at the level it did when it was being fed good food and given adequate hydration :) If I start to treat my body better and it remains at this size or gets bigger, I will love it and accept it.  If I start to treat my body better and it releases weight, I will love and accept it.  I do refuse to mistreat my body with crash diets or surgery just to make it smaller - that, to me, is Fat Acceptance.

So, what do you think?

X-posted to relevant communities because I'm really interested in opinions.

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Fat-positive health professional experience! [16 Dec 2008|08:20pm]

This is just a personal experience I had recently that I'd like to share, because I found it really positive.

I recently moved (again) and had to register with a new GP, which meant having a new patient appointment with a nurse. I generally do not like these type of appointments because of bad experiences in the past (and with regular appointments that had nothing to do with weight). However, the nurse was lovely, and when she did the standard weight/height measurements, she said:

"Ok, you have a BMI of 36, which is technically a bit overweight..."

(actually obese, but I hate the way figures are used in this way, as I'm always told it's unhealthy, even when they haven't taken into account my diet, smoking habits, exercise etc.)

Anyway, she continued...

"But I like to just ask patients whether they feel healthy?", which I thought was brilliant, because rather than tell me that I'm unhealthy, which is what I was expecting, she was allowing me to judge the healthiness of my own body for myself (which is a rare thing amongst health professionals, who generally act like they know your body better than you do in my experience).

I told her I felt I needed to exercise more because I know I have more energy when I do, rather than to specifically lose weight, and had just got out of the routine of doing so, but apart from that I felt ok, and she replied, "Well, just thirty minutes of walking a few times a week could help get you back into a routine...but it's not the best time of year to be thinking about exercising...maybe in the New Year you could try exercising a bit more regularly!"

I found this experience really positive because she didn't start lecturing me about being unhealthy for being overweight, and focused on being healthy rather than an arbitrary number, but most of all, she allowed me to judge for myself whether I felt healthy.
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Dance Classes for Bigger Bodies [15 Dec 2008|10:41pm]

You may have seen my earlier post about dance classes for bigger bodies in Austin, Texas.  If you are interested, it would be completely awesome if you could take this quick survey to help me get things organized and figure out what everyone wants. 

Just click here (if you can't click for some reason, just copy and paste the url):

x-posted to a number of fabulous communities
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Solo show about body image and size acceptance, coming to NYC December 12-13th! (x-posted all over) [01 Dec 2008|12:01am]

[ mood | busy ]

Hi you guys --

I'm a Minneapolis-based actress/writer/solo performer/fat chick who frequently works around the themes of weight, size and self-esteem. My newest play -- "Circumference" -- is a largely-autobiographical comedy about body image, fat prejudice, horrible junior high gym classes, the lure of gastric bypass surgery, and most importantly, whether an "internal self" and "external self" can possibly reunite after years of bitter divorce. :-) In a little over a week, I'll be taking this show to NYC, where it'll be part of the Artists of Tomorrow theatre festival. Since I don't live in the city (I wish!) and definitely don't have a built-in, loyal following (again...I wish!), I'm basically just using every avenue I can to invite people to check out some theatre they might not otherwise get to see. So if you or anyone you know is in NYC, and is someone who'd enjoy this very honest, funny, personal play...read on, and spread the word! :-)

Awkward Moment Productions and Six Figures Theatre* present
in the 2008 Artists of Tomorrow Festival!

(*Six Figures Theatre showcases original theatre productions created by women)

The Ghosts of Gym Teachers Past meet the Fear of Fitness Centers Present and the Obsession with Weight Loss Future in an all-new solo comedy about size, sweat…and exercising your demons. From Minneapolis actor/writer Amy Salloway, creator of the hit touring productions “Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?” and “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!” comes the show the Calgary Herald calls, “hilarious, honest and unsparing, with a great sense of pace.” Says The Ottawa Citizen, “…an appealing and marvelously funny performer…you can also add brave and original.” And from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “A MUST-SEE: poignant, sensitive and hysterically funny”.

Friday, December 12th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 13th at 1:00 pm
West End Theater, located in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
263 West 86th St. (Broadway and West End Ave.)
New York, NY 10024
Tickets are $15.00
Six Figures Website

Thanks so much, and hope to see you there!

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43 pounds in two weeks! Try it today! [28 Oct 2008|08:52am]

Look at this shit!

43 pounds in 2 weeks? Myspace will take money from fucking ANYBODY now that Fox owns it. If you lose weight at that rate, it WILL put stress on your heart and you WILL just fucking die. And if you don't die, you'll just gain it all back in two weeks, put stress on your heart, and THEN fucking die. And I suppose that if someone falls for an ad like this one, they were probably on their way to an undignified death anyway.

Okay okay, that's really cold, but come the fuck ON, ladies. Are we really so desperate that we'll put our health on the line like this? I think the diet industry is probably more to blame than anything; they just exploit people's insecurity by putting clearly dangerous products and diet plans out there for people hurt themselves with. They don't care about health, they just care about making a buck, and I regard the diet industry with the same distrust I give the government. They're serving their own interests! DO NOT TRUST THEM.

x-posted from my journal
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New Figure 8! [25 Aug 2008|05:45pm]

FIGURE 8 #5 is out now! This issue in an Activity Book! Yep, body-positive puzzles, fat-lovin' coloring pages and other fun things! This issue focuses on self-love.

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[25 Jun 2008|10:38am]

X-posted a few places - majority under the cut to avoid annoyance.

Hi all - I hope it's appropriate to post this here. Seems like it should be, but I always get a little nervous. ;)

I wanted to let you know that I've recently launched a new project that I'm very excited about!

The new project is called "The Fat Experience Project." and you can view it here:


more about FEP beneath the cut.Collapse )
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dress shops in Portland, OR? [15 Mar 2008|11:20pm]

Hi all. I'm hoping someone in this community might know about a place in Portland, OR that stocks plus sized wedding dresses - not just sells them, but has samples that one can try on. I don't live in Portland, but I'm going to be there in April and my fiancee wants to go dress shopping with her family while we're there. She's hoping we can find a store that would be able to cater to both of us. Thoughts?

(And yes, to alleviate any confusion - two ladies, both shopping for dresses. Gotta love Massachusetts.)
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email community for fat queers [08 Mar 2008|02:08am]

Hi folks,

I'd like to invite you to join a new fat-positive email list for self-identified fat queers of all genders.

Love, Fattest

Google Groups

Fat Queers

Visit this group
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i made these for you. [04 Mar 2008|09:08pm]

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bay area fat dykes [20 Feb 2008|03:14pm]

hey folks,

there's an email list for fat dykes in the sf bay area, for posts about events and items of interests to the local fat and queer communities.

traffic averages about one message per day.

to join, send a blank email to: ba-fatdykes-subscribe@groups.queernet.org

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The MA anti-size discrimination bill [16 Aug 2007|07:33am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

If you live (or have lived) in the state of Massachusetts, you can help get this bill passed. Read below. Thanks to Susan Stinson for the info!

Change the World in Two Minutes

“Passing the San Francisco height/weight legislation rocked! It was the most important project I have ever been involved with. We worked together and made history! San Francisco became the third city in the country where weight discrimination is illegal meaning people of all sizes have the same rights to get a job, go to the theater in a seat that fits and receive discrimination-free medical care.”
-Sondra Solovay

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You have an amazing chance to make legislative change right now, not just for one city, but for the entire state of Massachusetts . Not only can you help guarantee equality for people of all sizes in Massachusetts , it is likely that others sates could follow that lead. Please make the time to advance equality for people of all sizes. It is unlikely that you will ever again have the chance to have such a big impact with such a small amount of work.

A hearing will be held in September to see if Massachusetts should outlaw height and weight discrimination. There is already legislative support for this, which normally is that hardest part. The date is not yet set for the hearing.

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New Figure 8 zine! [15 Aug 2007|03:02pm]

Issue 4 is here! 


~ The truth about that new diet drug Alli

~ Activist profiles, including an interveiw with fat map/zine maker 6060842
and fat anime maker renatamcfarland(thanks for the rad cover art, Sarah!)

~ Fat Indie Clothes

~ Fat people not allowed to adopt

~ Fat Inspiration 

~ Fat History

And lots more Fat Lib and Chub Love Revolution!!

You can get one HERE


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[06 Jul 2007|01:16pm]

i think a lot of people in here are queer so

dyke riotCollapse )
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fat-positive internet resources? [14 May 2007|10:53pm]

a new friend of mine is a overall nice guy and very committed passionate activist...but, he's a skinny straight white cisgendered male, and by virtue of being raised in a culture that glorifies this stuff, he occasionally forgets to check his privilege. last time we hung out he made some comments that made me uncomfortable, particularly about skinny vegans (though he did justify his cheese consumption because he has 'a weight problem,' which i appreciated for some reason). anyway, i have a chance to call him out on this, via email (he lives a few states away), and since it's hard for me to talk about sizeism issues without getting very self-righteous and long winded, i figured links to websites would be a good idea. so please, share yr favourites, ones you wish all yr skinny friends/relatives/coworkers/etc knew and followed. thanks so much in advance!

x-posted where appropriate.
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International No Diet Day Event - May 6 in LA [02 May 2007|10:53am]

The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is celebrating International No-Diet Day by throwing a free, Universal No-Diet Day Meet and Greet on May 6, 2007, from 2-5 pm in Santa Monica, California. Our Universal No-Diet Day Meet and Greet will feature pro-bodily-diversity educational booths, raffles for fabulous prizes, and some cosmically-delicious snacks.
Mind-candy, yummy snacks, and friendly company, all for free!
Those of you who are tired of the diet rigmarole, who value their bodies as is, and who want to meet like-minded folks, COME BY AND SAY HELLO! All body shapes, sizes, abilities, and functions enthusiastically welcomed!
Location of the Meet and Greet: 815 Ashland Ave. -- Rec Room / Santa Monica, CA 90405. For more info, please call 1.888.NAAFALA or visit www.naafala.org

x-posted a lot! (please spread the word!)
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