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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.

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.

centerofrestorativeexercise:

Free for download Disability Etiquette

A great resource for businesses, schools, organizations, staff training and disability awareness programs. You don’t have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet provides tips for you to follow that will help create positive interactions and raise everyone’s comfort levels.

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thehappyfatgirl:

I have started having conversations with my 6 year old already about loving herself first. It is one of the most important things I can teach her. 

Girls face so many challenges and people are constantly telling them they can’t do things, they can’t be funny, they can’t run the companies. My advice is just not to focus on anyone telling you that you can’t do anything or the politics of your situation. Just think about your art, or that thing you want to do.

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darshanapathak:

I miss the mermaid parade already ~

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Just click.

Our friends Tinne and Colette are trailblazers.

Watch the videos. Contribute if you can, signal boost either way. 

Just a few details to lure you in:

Our half hour documentary film will consist of three narratives: Esraa, an activist against sexual harassment, Abdullah, a tuk-tuk driver, and an Egyptian lawyer. 

Esraa is a 26 year old Egyptian woman, who challenges social norms by performing in storytelling theater pieces about sexual harassment, as well as participating in anti-sexual harassment protests and events. 

Abdullah is a 28 year old tuk tuk driver from a working class neighborhood in Cairo. As 8 out of 10 women experience sexual harassment in public transportation, we will observe daily life in the city through the eyes of Abdullah and get his social circle’s perspective on the issue. 

We are currently confirming our third character, an Egyptian lawyer at a prominent women’s right organization. We will document her work on one of her court cases where she defends a victim of sexual harassment. 

Check out our teaser video for a glimpse of what the documentary will be like!

4417:

hi everyone! i’m sorry to make this post again, but i still haven’t found any place to live for college and i really desperately need one.

my name’s claire, i’m an 18 year old lesbian trans girl, and i’ll be moving out to olympia to attend the evergreen state college by the end of this month (my first class starts on september 30, orientation week starts on september 20 but i can miss that if i need to). and as of now i will be homeless once i get there unless i can find a safe place to live.

i dont have any way to afford the on-campus housing at the college, so thats why i’ve been looking for housing off-campus. i really want a permanent place to live for the school year, but honestly i’d be happy to stay at a place even if it was just for a month or two (though that would mean i’d be in the same situation i am now within a month or two, so it wouldn’t be ideal).

i can afford to pay $300-450 a month for rent and utilities, and am able to provide for my own food and transportation. i’m able-bodied so i dont require any disability accommodations of that sort, and i dont have any food or pet allergies either.

if you think you have a place for me to live, or if you need any other info from me, please send me a message (my askbox is linked to on this post). and thanks so so much for taking the time to read this post.

please signal boost if you can.

fatbodypolitics:

thenonbinarytrekkietransition:

http://www.gofundme.com/ec5b1w

I will be eternal grateful if you can donate. 

Please donate / share this fund. Every dollar helps!

transtamlen:

female penises exist.
male vaginas exist.
genderless genitals exist.
“female bodied” and “male bodied” does not specify sex characteristics so you all can stop pretending it does. thank you.

callmeoutis:

this is a good time to remind you not to call the police on someone having a panic attack or an autistic person having a meltdown or someone with a psychiatric disorder that is “acting crazy” save a life don’t do it

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