Wear Your Voice assembled this reading list to help people learn more about fatphobia and its interconnected oppressions.
Dismantling fatphobia, white supremacy and other oppressions is foundational to the work that we create at Wear Your Voice. We believe that various systems of power are interconnected and therefore we must tackle them as such. Anti-fatness is a pervasive and deadly threat to our society and it is closely linked to white supremacy—more specifically anti-Blackness—ableism, and capitalism.
While some of our pieces explore how fatphobia is a form of abuse, linked to state-sanctioned violence, and colonialism, other pieces analyze how fat people are represented in pop-culture and some celebrate fatness in beautiful and affirming ways.
We assembled this reading list to offer our readers a comprehensive look at the wide variety of work that we have done on this vast topic, and we hope that it can be used as an educational resource as well as one to help people undo their internalized fatphobia.
COMMENTING ON WEIGHT LOSS ISN’T THE COMPLIMENT YOU THINK IT IS by Sherronda J. Brown
THERE’S A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND YOU CHUCKLEFUCKS ARE STILL BEING FATPHOBIC by Clarkisha Kent
FAT STUDIES, BODY AND DESIRABILITY POLITICS: A READING LIST by Da’Shaun Harrison
FORCING CHILDREN TO LOSE WEIGHT IS CHILD ABUSE by Da’Shaun Harrison
HONORING THE FAT BLACK WOMEN WHO SHAPED MUSIC FOR GENERATIONS by Sydneysky G.
CANKLES AND HIP DIPS: HOW BULLSHIT BUZZWORDS ARE WEAPONIZED TO MAKE US HATE OUR BODIES by Stephanie Leguichard
DIET CULTURE AND WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS ARE A SCAM by Da’Shaun Harrison
WITHIN A WHITE SUPREMACIST SYSTEM, ERIC GARNER’S TRUE CRIME WAS BEING FAT by Sherronda J. Brown
FAT PEOPLE DESERVE TO GLORIFY OUR BODIES by Sherronda J. Brown
I AM WHAT THEY FEAR: HEALING FROM EATING DISORDERS WHILE FAT by Ana Velasquez
‘THE CIRCLE’ ON HOW WE TREAT BLACK WOMEN AND FAT PEOPLE ONLINE by Clarkisha Kent
IT’S TIME FOR PCOS ADVOCACY TO EMBRACE FAT ACTIVISM by Nadia Mohd Rasidi
HOW ‘QUEEN & SLIM’ MISTREATS FAT BLACK FOLKS by Da’Shaun Harrison
FAT BLACK WOMEN DESERVE FULFILLING, ENJOYABLE SEX WITHOUT COMPROMISE by Ashleigh Nicole Tribble
HOW POSTPARTUM BODIES ARE AFFECTED BY FATPHOBIA by Shia Diefotze
FAT PEOPLE MUST BECOME A PRIORITY TO THE LEFT by Da’Shaun Harrison
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF FATPHOBIA: A CONVERSATION WITH SAMANTHA IRBY by Sherronda J. Brown
UNRAVELING THE FATPHOBIA BEHIND THE CRITICISMS OF LIZZO by Sydneysky G.
WE NEED TO BANISH WHITE SUPREMACY FROM EATING DISORDERS TREATMENT by Gloria Oladipo
HOW MAINSTREAM BODY POSITIVITY HAS FAILED US by Sherronda J. Brown
MY FITNESS JOURNEY DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS by Sherronda J. Brown
WHY FAT HUMANITY IS NOT GOVERNED BY FUCKABILITY by Sherronda J. Brown
#BODYPOSITIVEWEEK: BODY POSITIVITY DOESN’T EXIST WITHOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER by Hunter Shackelford
FUCK YOU, PAY ME: REPARATIONS FOR FAT BLACK BITCHES AND EVERYTHING WE PROVIDE by Hunter Shackelford