WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

RBI focuses on using expressive writing, design-oriented work, photography, media, research, and community input to fuel fat positive, body acceptance, discussion, and outreach. Our goal is to redefine the way we view and think about body image, size, fat, discrimination, health, fitness, wellness, mental/chronic illness, stigma, and other related topics.

We are constantly redefining our own perspectives, and therefore tend to write a lot about our personal experiences. Many followers and contributors are living with anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, and a variety of other body image disorders or mental illnesses, so please be respectful and remember that health applies differently to everyone. Any and all potentially triggering content will be prefaced with a trigger warning.

RBI supports all races, genders, classes, and sizes. We try our best to make this a safe space for everyone. If we are not doing our job or checking our privilege, we invite you to please inform us.

Some of the artwork you see here has been created by our founder or moderators, some sourced when applicable. Please be kind enough to source this blog whenever you share it's content.

We are not health professionals. Any and all advice provided on this blog is supported only by our own research, studies, and personal experiences; nothing more.

This blog is part of the Safe Space Network.
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chubby-bunnies:

This was taken Sept. 8, 2014, the morning I had a bilateral mastectomy. Now, I’m fat, flat and fabulous, kicking cancer’s ass all day, every day. 

I’m Meghan, 26, and I love new friends. ilfaitbonvivre.tumblr.com

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The appeal to fairness and equity is of course logical. Most thoughtful people agree that discrimination just isn’t okay and should not be tolerated. However, appeals to fairness have proven surprisingly uncompelling to most people when it comes to fat rights. The main reason appears to be that most people believe that fatness is a personal choice, a result of poor lifestyle habits, and that individuals deserve to hold responsibility for their choice. After all, the argument goes, if fat people want to escape discrimination, they should just lose weight – and thinner people should not have to absorb the costs of someone else’s fatness, whether it’s about sitting in a cramped seat or the taxes incurred from health care costs. In effect, this attitude often justifies more discrimination, with the belief that the unfair treatment may motivate people to lose weight.  

~Linda Bacon, co-author of Body Respect, at the 2009 NAAFA conference

Oh, btw, such discrimination is more likely to make someone fatter, not thinner (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20891/abstract)

(via loniemc)

I don’t even care if discrimination makes people fatter. Discrimination is wrong period. All people deserve their humanity.

(via fatbodypolitics)

chavisory:

Okay, literally everything and everyone in my life needs attention or money. 

But the first-ever anthology of writing by autistic people of color needs money within the next two days to meet its fundraising goal.  Please give if you are able!  And, like, want to read this sure-to-be-amazing book, which I do.

fatbodypolitics:

fuckyeahkoyczan:

Troll - Shane Koyczan

Beautiful and important.

queeerbabe:

ok so i cut these leggings that were to small into a crop top pls enjoy my beauty

gimptips:

wheeliewifee:

My response to the ableist bullshit from Ken Jennings, and the necklace D made for me as a result ;)

buy it here!

black-australia:

MisSpelled is about five girls who mysteriously acquire magical abilities and how they learn to deal with them and one another. It’s funny and dramatic and tons of fun for you and your friends! It features an all women of color cast and celebrates different body sizes.

We are gearing into our kickstarter phase and need support from you!

Binge Watch Our Show

Promologue

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Please spread the word! MisSpelled needs you! 

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Seriously, I just watched all those videos (took me less than 30 min BTW) and felt like I NEEDED to have these lovely ladies on my TV again. Watch, Share, donate if you can!  - Liz

mybigfatthesis:

TUMBLR. This has been the most RIDICULOUS semester I have had to date. I have been in a dark editing hole for the past semester taking little breaks so I avoid my complete transformation into a  naked mole rat (the fiercest of the mole rats).

But back to the point at hand: this has been a semester of battles. A battle to prove that A) a film about fat folks is VALID and worth creating B) a battle to create a film thesis in a film PROGRAM and C) starting a project from scratch after the institution finally accepted a drastic change in my thesis.

It’s been rough y’all.
BUT I wanted to share with you all what I’ve created: a short film about the importance of fat visibility.I want to especially thank the AMAZING women featured in this film:

There are many more women who have been interviewed and many more folks that I would like to interview so I am still keeping my eye on the prize: the feature length documentary about Fatshionista! LJ + Plus Size Blogging + Body Positivity. There are just so many stories to tell and more of a ruckus to create.

After being told time and time again that fat bodies don’t matter (even from my institution) I’m presenting it on my own terms.

I will be crowdfunding in the coming months to continue the second round of production so don’t fret—there shall be more hot and fierce fatties on the big screen for you! Share it, like it, and tell me what you want to see more of!

ALSO if you haven’t seen it, check out another awesome fat-focused documentary: FATTITUDE! Donate to THEIR kickstarter because if we can have 20,000 remakes of the same, tired ol’ blockbuster. Why can’t we have a flood of uplifting films about fat bodies? You can find their Kickstarter here.

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prozac-panda:

I was sick of feeling so insecure about my recent psoriasis flare-up. So for the first time, instead of hiding and hating my own skin, I decided to embrace my flaws and wear my spots with pride. Turning my spots into leopard print with a little artwork.

Beautiful

Listening to the timbre of the conversations at the Dane County Farmers Market, one of the largest in the country, you’d think the topic was vaccination or Gaza. “What exactly is in this scone?” “Are your emus happy? How much space do they have to roam free?” “When you say ‘flour’ on the label, what kind of flour is that?”

Yet food pantries remain full of the same canned pumpkin and expired boxed meals they always have. Obese people are shamed and told what to eat, while people deemed skinny enough to have an eating disorder are also shamed for not taking care of their “health.” There is a serious disconnect here that should tell anyone who’s paying attention that this is not about justice or health in any form––it is about vanity.

When asking the server how the animal being served was prepared, no one seems to wonder whether that server has basic health insurance or whether that server is affected by the fact that the restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of sexual harassment and lowest rates of pay. When waxing poetic about the “salt of the Earth” farmers from which they buy their unpasteurized milk, no one seems to worry that an estimated 10 percent of American farm workers are children. When pearl-clutching over the things we “don’t know” about GMOs, as Kavin pointed out, no one seems to be concerned about their presence in groceries found at Price Rite––only products sold at Whole Foods.

If you are not as concerned about the people handing you your food in the restaurant as you are about the pigs on the farm where it was grown, your approach is classist….If you start telling someone all about your new trendy diet or asking them about theirs without knowing if they have an eating disorder that may be triggered by your prattle, your approach is ableist. If you tsk-tsk at people who are overweight for what they are eating and claim you’re concerned about their health, yet you’re not actively campaigning to make healthy food more accessible and affordable, your approach is sickening and I don’t want you in my activism.

navigatethestream:

Mz 007- Important 

I’ve listened to this at least 10 times since reading about it on For Harriet yesterday. 

I’m so here for a fat black woman declaring herself important, exuding self confidence, and owning her truth.

Here for this movement!  

fatleopard:

DVRK PARTY PT1 

"i always hated that there were no models that looked like me , then it hit me . I look like me " - Snap 

DVRK PARTY IS A CREATIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN @kidnapsnap  AND fatleopard 

Styled by @kidnapsnap  

Creative Direction - @kidnapsnap   and fatleopard

Graphic design and photography by fatleopard

Makeup by Chiamaka Ekweghariri

MORE ON FOREVERFATLEOPARD.COM

buttahlove:

A good friend of mine treated me out to a late birthday dinner (which I always gladly accept) and I decided to try something different: wear a floral crown AND pink. I usually turn away from pastel colors cuz I thought I would look silly in it, yet I always adore seeing it on other people of all ages and sizes. I’ve always wanted to look and feel like a “girly girl” and I surely did that night.

This is the Loretta Lace Dress from SWAK and it’s so perfectly femme! It’s a little hard to see, but it has a sweetheart neckline (which I love) and the dress has some stretch to it, so it’s quite forgiving. I also love the length of the dress for my 5’5 height…not too long and not too short. And to top it all off, my dear friend Amber gifted me with this lovely floral headcrown for my birthday (thx boo!)! Everything just flowed seamlessly together and I felt lovely. I may have been “overdressed” for a simple dinner, however it feels good to try something new and play with your looks time to time. It does wonders for your self-esteem.

Loretta Lace Dress (also comes in gray & white)- SWAK
Floral Headcrown- Gifted from Amber

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marsofbrooklyn:

journolist:

Parents of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis Share Their Loss at the United Nations

Sitting in meetings in the United Nation’s ornate Wilson Palace by the shores of Lake Geneva in the shadow of the Alps seems an odd place to discuss racial discrimination in the United States.

But the problems of racial discrimination quickly hit home at an event earlier this week that hosted the parents of Travon Martin and Jordan Davis, two unarmed young black men killed by armed white men claiming to be acting in self-defense. Made all the more powerful as it came on the heels of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., their affecting and often harrowing testimony immediately erased the distance between Switzerland and the United States. It made the discrimination present and underscored the importance of the work being done here at the U.N.’s review of the U.S. record of racial discrimination.

Read more here

YASSS!!! The world needs call the US out on its shit!!!

iridessence:

I think my face has a sort of sensationalizing effect on my pictures, and that’s okay usually because I love my face and it’s great. But I wanted to take some pictures without it because I want other fat and/or black people to relate. The “pretty face” fat thing is still a large issue within the body positive community.

Beautiful-faced fat people are so important, but our revered presence tends to alienate those who feel they don’t make the face cut. The same applies to fat people with medium to smaller bodies on the spectrum, and I realize that that’s where I fit in these days. I don’t deny that privilege that I have, but I hope people larger than me still see some features they can relate to. Not to mention, when we do see very personal pictures of nude fat bodies, they’re overwhelmingly white.

Anyway, I saw a post involving feelingswithbrandy and pardonmewhileipanic that spoke on an issue about representation of fat-related features on bodies that people feel they alone have because they don’t see it documented frequently, if ever, in the body and fat positive community.

It got me thinking that I wanted to show myself to other fat and/or black people in hopes that they can relate. I usually wear clothes because I like style, but I wanted to serve a slightly different purpose. So here’s a series of pictures of my body with some large deposits of back fat and some visible deposits of side/under boob fat or whatever it is. I cropped out my butt because too many fetish-having asshats lurk, and I’m sure they’ll still get to these but at least not all of me.

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