reclaim fat

Around 60% of adults are overweight. 35% are obese. 25% of children are overweight or obese.

You are no longer the minority in western countries. You are not oppressed. it is damn right offensive to compare your struggles to that of the lgbt+ community.

You have to face the music we are under an obesity crisis so stop trying to reclaim the word fat and destroy the negative connotations directed at it. It has negative meaning because being fat//obese is NOT a good thing and comes with many related health risks. 

-Cheshire Cat

An ode to We, larger than Average Women

To the women
Who do not feel large enough
to truly reclaim the word Fat, but feel
not quite thin enough that the label doesn’t apply to them,

To the in-betweeners
Who know the struggle of finding
“Almost plus sized” clothing

Who know that you can either pay
19.99 for a dress that won’t button over your chest

Or 69.99 for one that fits your hips
and leaves you “gapping”
(If you’ve been there, you know)

To the women who cannot decide whether to shrink or grow
Who feel like their ample still
Means not enough

To the mothers,
the women whose bodies are
A universe, a
Blackhole working in reverse
Pushing out newborn planets
and that once
Did not exist
Rather than constantly
sucking them in

To the women who are always
Sucking it in
I know what it’s like
To wear spanx as a second skin

To the ones who want to say
“Fuck your beauty standards” -
But don’t even feel glamorous enough to be fetishized.

To we, the curvaceous
The thicker but not /damn thick/

To the ones yearning to FIT -
Into those jeans, into this life

You don’t have to keep
holding your breath -
Inhale, being full is not a sin.

Living in this stretched skin,
Is holy.

You are a goddess.
We. are. holy.

All of this soft
And marked
And /More Than/

To the ones spilling out of box
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,
and You
are the only beholder that matters.

When we only depict ‘flattering’ fat bodies, we undermine what it is to reclaim fatness

I aim to create a series of paintings that depict fat bodies without screaming about it. Images that depict fat bodies without pandering to the Good Fatty Bad Fatty trope. Images of fat bodies how we see ourselves everyday. 

Fat Acceptance will only come with increased visibility of ALL fat bodies.

Please submit images of contorted fat bodies, curled up in a ball, rolls on show, lying down and being subjected to gravity, images shot from below. 

I will then create a series of images to be shown at my Degree Show in the summer, it would mean the world if you could contribute!

Only I will see original images, I will not post them here or show them to anyone. The paintings will be stylised (feel free to censor your face if you are too nervous to send them normally, bodies are the focus and likenesses will be made but arent 100% necessary)


Just a friendly reminder that Rebel Wilson used the n word in her comedy, until people in the US reacted negatively, and that she compared using the n word to reclaiming the word "fat"

“In America, you really can’t say the N-word. I learned that very quickly. I did some standup when I first got to LA. I used that word. It didn’t go down well.” Her improvised jokes often get censored, too; she keeps a folder on set in which she writes them down, keeping tabs on what gets cut. “In Pitch Perfect 2, when I disgrace the Bellas, I said: ‘Well, it’s not like my vagina queefed the N-word.’ They all laughed and then gasped. It never went in.”

She likens the reclaiming of racist terms to her own reappropriation of the word “fat”. At the University of New South Wales, where she studied law and arts, she took a module on comedy and power. On one of her first sketch shows on Australian TV, she created Fat Mandi who, like her character in Pitch Perfect, owns the F-word so that the other “twig bitches don’t say it behind my back”. “If you reclaim a pejorative word, it can no longer be offensive to you. There is power in that.”

NOT the same thing. She gets NO say in reclaiming the n word.

I just wanna say that if youre chubby or fluffy or overweight or obese you do not have to reclaim the word fat. If that word makes you uncomfortable that is totally okay and you do not have to identify with it in any way.

smaller fat ppl who reclaim the world fat is so COMPLICATED for me

like im not sure its entirely a bad thing to destigmatize and maybe even expand the boundaries of fatness but

whenever ppl who are so much less fat than me use fat to describe themselves bc my fat experience is so impacted by a handful of very specific things they dont experience, it can be frustrating
when smaller fat people are still experiencing a level of thin privilege i dont have access to while also simultaneously implicitly acting as if our experiences are similar or even comparable, as if theyre exempt from the possibility of perpetuating fat hated against me, as if their work around fatness is done while people my size, close to my size and larger are bearing the brunt of fat stigma and we are the ones dying because of lack of access but ok

i am glad more and more people are becoming comfortable or even proud of their bodies, and that fatness is becoming more and more socially acceptable, but i worry that this is not actually doing the work of liberating the fattest people, those most vulnerable to fat hatred and stigma

please dont act like because you have a small belly, or maybe because you were made to feel monstrously fat by your family your whole life even though maybe you werent that fat, or you dont fit in clothes at american apparel or maybe forever 21 but you do at target or maybe even asos, and that you claim fatness that i can or should trust you. smaller fat people still have work to do.