Here’s the truth: fatphobia is systemic. Violence against fat people is perpetrated on airplanes, in restaurants, on the street, and even — especially — in doctor’s offices. Fat people struggle to be seen as people, because diet culture has scammed us all into believing that fatness is a problem that needs to be solved. Speaking up against fatphobia is really hard, especially when you are fat, and so used to having your words and wishes ignored. So, artist Jey Barnes and I created a resource zine aimed at helping people navigate rampant fatphobia, both online and in face-to-face settings.
How to Speak Up Against Fatphobia: Tips for Navigating Conversations That Dehumanize Fat People is a pay-what-you-can digital resource zine featuring:
- Tips for self-advocacy with medical care teams, especially doctors and nurses
- Tips for self-advocacy with friends and family
- Tips for speaking up against fatphobia on social media
- Resources and further reading, including work by Health At Every Size (HAES) professionals, relevant articles, books, and more
We want this zine to be as accessible as possible, so you can download it for FREE right now. If you’re able to pay and want to do so, we thank you for your generosity! Any purchases of the How to Speak Up Against Fatphobia resource zine will help me and Jey continue our respective creative work.
In case you aren’t familiar with Jey’s work, I highly recommend you check out their (MATURE, 18+) webcomic, Job Satisfaction, which is all about how the gig economy even affects demons and summoners. It’s a raucously funny, super sharp story; I wrote about it last year for The Beat and it’s still one of my faves.
Jey did the art for our resource zine, including this phenomenal front cover. Check it out below and please download/purchase the zine, read it, and share!