This article first appeared on Plus Mommy and has been republished with permission.
It’s important to recognize that tiny or unsupportive seats (no matter how beautiful) send a silent but powerful message about who has the right to sit down. This message has strong ripple effects for a community that is already facing quite a bit of discrimination.
It takes a lot of ongoing effort, labor, and love to fight for justice and to question the culture. People in the “choir” opt out of fitting in or playing nice. We dedicate a lot of time to being conscientious citizens.
Fat positivity creates room for fat people to be seen with full humanity — not as failed thin people, but as complete and precious.
When it comes to plus-size fashion, we’re all outsiders to this world — a world that makes amazing garments in our size and welcomes us with open arms full of bubbly water and tiny cakes.
2. Fat People Are In Survival Mode. I then moved onto a very basic reality: fatphobia is unjust, fat people are oppressed, fat people are being forced every, single day to navigate fatphobia while attempting to keep their dignity, heart, and spirit intact.
A lot of people don’t know this, but fat activism has been around in the United States since the 1960s. Yes, it’s true!
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving my body. I don’t have to choose between being fat and beautiful, I can be both.
I hadn't been to a club like this one — the kind full of straight men who are probably homophobic and at least a little coercive, who smell like Old Spice deodorant and have enough disposable income to keep an open tab (the kind of men I'd been taught were "a catch") — for a very, very long time. I tried to remember exactly how long. A decade? More?
I’m very aware of the fact that I’m fat — trust me. I’ve had this body for longer than you’ve been familiar with it.