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Hi friend,

This week on Patreon, I've shared an excerpt from the book I'm working on (working title: Body Liberation for Business) about balancing SEO – search engine optimization – and respectful wording.
The full excerpt is available to the Supporter level and up.
In the Body Liberation Blanket Fort, open to all Patreon supporters, we've been doing body doubling events with great success. It's like sitting in a room with supportive and fun colleagues, except that everyone gets their own space, temperature and music.
A follow-up:
Reader Brandy Morris replied to last week's letter with a great point that I'm sharing with permission:
"One thing I've been doing is encouraging providers that ARE welcoming and inclusive but not really saying so on their website, to specifically state they respect and welcome people in larger bodies. It's like, my B stamp of approval hahahaha. 
I did it with a bed store that customized my mattress to help support me and my physiotherapist who has, over 5 sessions, NEVER spoken about my weight, suggested I was hard to work with, or treated me differently than anyone else in her practice.
Funnily enough, I did mention HAES as a place she could read more and when she wrote back, she even told me the principles that spoke to her most when she read it. Now THAT is a rare and welcome outcome!"
Allyship opportunity:
Last chance to send an encouraging note to Dragon! (See this past letter for details.) I'll bundle them all up on February 10 and send them on to her.
Please send your cards and letters to Dragon at 14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3 #324, Renton, WA 90858 USA.
Now, on to this week's letter:
Here's one simple action you can take to help end discrimination against fat bodies this week: Stick your neck out.
Quite often these days, thin (usually white) folks feel the need to message me and tell me about how they were going to speak up about this harmful action or that piece of fragility, but they didn't, because they knew I'd say something.
Please don't tell me this, and please don't do this. It's scary for everyone to speak up; I don't have some magical speaking-truth-to-power ability that you don't. (Though I do have the privilege of a good support network, a therapist and the lack of a corporate job to get fired from.)
If you're a thin white person afraid to stand up to thin white people because you're worried about damaging your professional and social networks, just think about how much higher the stakes are when fat folks speak out. We run that same risk, plus the risk of being blackballed, harassed, doxxed and more.
For example, many of my clients are in the Health at Every Size® community. When I stick my neck out there to fight for the rights of fat people to healthcare and human dignity, I risk all of those things from the paragraph above. (And if you think I'm exaggerating about the consequences, I was doxxed a few years ago by someone in my Facebook friends list who didn't like what I had to say about including fat people in eating disorder treatment.)
Every thin person who uses me as a human shield and battleax -- who sits there and watches while I fight -- also increases my risk. If you're not at least backing me up, no one else will either.
Stop letting fat folks fight all our battles alone. The least you can do is join us.
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Thank you to new Patreon supporters Dallas, Melissa James, Christy Brown, Ama Warnock, Ali Owens, Tara Johnson, Isabelle Vrod, Chrysilla , Patricia Ryan, Sarah Bates, Chrissy Gardiner, Shannon Pickard, Zee, Destiny Aman, Hope Morris, Meredith Whipple, Anna Xu, Angie, Julia Kimmel, Bailey Abbot, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Clare Blakely, Janell Colley, Whitney Scott, and Janell Colley!

The Conversation


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“I have always been overweight. I was a 'chunky' kid, a 'heavy-set' teenager, and now a 'plus-size' woman, but really I have always just been fat. 
I think part of the stigma and shame associated with that word has always made loving myself more difficult than it needed to be. 
When I started to use the word fat as a self-descriptor, people would actually gasp as if I had cursed or said something self-hating. If I said, 'I’m too fat to do that,' people would interject and say things like, 'No you're not fat, you're beautiful,' and I'd be so confused. 
Being fat does not mean ugly, or incapable, or undesirable. It is an adjective. 
I stopped associating the word fat and the idea of fatness with being unattractive because I realized that not only had people been using it as a weapon against me, but I was using it as a weapon against myself. 
Just like my hair or my skin, my fatness is something that cannot be avoided. It contributes to my experiences in the same ways that being black or having an Afro does. 
Using the word fat as a weapon has always been an attempt at treating someone poorly just because they are different than you. I don't accept that. 
I am fat and demand to be treated as any other person with any other body type.” » Diamond Wynn

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