Latest posts by Leanda Lewis (see all)
- How You Can Challenge Fatphobia - August 27, 2018
- The Worst Fat Phobic Comments - August 12, 2018
- How To Deal With Weight Concern From Friends and Family - July 31, 2018
This week I’d like to discuss, what you can do to make a difference and how you can challenge fatphobia. Change she is a happening all the time, online is a hotbed of it. But so is real life. You don’t always need to do huge gestures to effect change, we can create wider change just by interacting in our daily lives. How you represent to friends and co-workers and your family can have a huge impact on their opinions and the opinions of others and so on. Because who better to learn from than your peers, buds, kids! So, here’s some things I did this week to be the mother fucking change I want to see.
– I didn’t apologise for being visible, not as a woman or as a fat person. I didn’t make myself small and quiet and scrape and avoid eye contact. I handled my shit this week (my kids saw that, my mates saw that, strangers saw that) the owners of Doritos saw that…. kidding, they obviously aren’t very fucking perceptive.
– I ate a cream egg in public, something a year or so ago I’d have died first before doing.
– I said no to a business request, because my time and vision are important and valid.
– I openly disagreed on some anti-feminist articles and language.
– I wore a crop top at 18 stone.
– I went out without make up, a lot. (For me it’s a deal, but for some it’s not. Keeping it personal to you is key.)
There are lots of things we can do on a regular basis, those things can also be, being kind to yourself, looking at our language that might negatively impact us and others. Giving yourself permission to just let go, or even have a heated debate. If it’s safe to do so call out fat shaming, fatphobia, diet talk in the office, jokes on weight and fat woman, weight loss praise above all else etc. Being big and being a feminist for me go hand in hand as woman are told we should look and behave a certain way. So that’s what I do to challenge and change that perception.