As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting important work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world.
This week we are featuring three podcasts broadcasting from within fat activist themes. Their self-penned blurbs and links to listen are below.
If you’re one of the millions of people who are struggling to survive in a culture that’s obsessed with weight loss, the way a Rebel Eater lives her life might sound like a revolution. In this world, pizza is not the enemy, and we love the bodies we have right now! Hosted by Virgie Tovar, a writer and activist, and one of the nation’s leading speakers on weight-based discrimination and body image.
Friend of Marilyn (FOM) is a fat positive radio show. It provides counter programming to the normative discourses on fatness and obesity in our culture, hosting conversations in which accepted ideas and stereotypes about fatness are challenged. FOM believes that safe spaces for fat people are important, and the show is committed to providing a forum where fat people get to speak for themselves (not just have their lives thinsplained by others). Dr Cat Pausè presents a fat-friendly programme, with interviews, blog spotlights and news from around the Fatosphere.
We noticed an increase in fat visibility (shout out to fat babes on IG!) but a lack of spaces for fat folks — the intersections of fat women, fat trans and queer folks, and fat people of color — to tell their own stories in a conversational setting — a place to literally hear our voices.
Our little pod has grown from pop culture deep-dives and interviews with members of the Fatosphere into a down on the streets investigation of fatness in culture. We talk to activists, designers, writers, queer icons, and MORE and add their thoughts and experiences to our Fat Discussions.
We hope that our show is a fun, entertaining, body posi space entirely devoted to fat stories and femme perspectives.
Get in fatties, we’re doing a podcast!