016 - Disrupting Fatphobia
Sep 10, 2020
"You can love your own body and start to choose to love it more, but it doesn't mean you still don't have fatphobia or that you're not just judging other people who have fat..." - Amanda
When I say the word "fat" or if you hear someone call someone fat, how does that make you feel? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Are you offended?
If so, then is it because your definition of fat is bad?
When did you decide fat was an insult? Fat does not have to mean "bad". Fat is just a descriptor word like tall, short, thin, curvy, angular... words can have power, but only in the meaning you give them.
In today's episode:
- Amanda brings on Tammy Cook, a mom of 3 to discuss how, as a fat woman, she is choosing to take up space and to live her life to the fullest, with as much joy and pleasure as possible.
- Tammy shares how this can be challenging while living in a world that would prefer her to stay hidden or shrink into a more socially acceptable body. It has been her life long journey to feel worthy to live a life of fulfilment at any size.
- Amanda and Tammy discuss that even though the self-love and body love movement is fantastic in getting everyone to find more beauty in their bodies, it has left where it originated from; the unique issues that fat people face in society.
- The two talk about disrupting "fatphobia" and the reclaiming of the insult "fat" as a normal word and about the diet pressure trauma many people have faced from a young age.
- They discuss the societal led dehumanization of people in larger bodies, by making them believe there is something inherently wrong with them (which there isn't), or that if something is wrong, then that it's their fault and that they are lazy. This ignores so many other factors, which are explored in the episode.
- Amanda and Tammy also go over some small forms of "fuck you" that you can do as a larger person to help destroy stigma in society against you and to alleviate the stigma you, yourself may hold against you.