Fatty and Friends Fellowship

Today I got to cross an item off my bucket list.  The amazing Jeanette DePatie, Julianne, Danielle, Patti, and Brad from the NAAFA-LA chapter braved the cold to have a bonfire on the beach. It was amazing.  We told funny family stories, we talked about fat activism, we took a break from the fat hate of the world and hung out on the beach (and now this blog will be short because I am, as they say in Texas, clean tuckered out.)

It made me remember how important fatty and friends fellowship is. The ability to be in a room and be totally comfortable, to know that you aren’t being judged, to be around people who face challenges similar to yours or, if they don’t, support you firm in the knowledge that society is messed up when it comes to people of size.

I really can’t explain my gratitude to everyone for giving me this little dream experience – it was just awesome and I hope that everyone who wants to have this kind of community finds it.  I highly recommend that you find some fat community in your area.  Go to meetup.com and search for fat meet-ups, or health at every size meet ups. Check local papers, start a meet-up of your own, get involved with discussion boards online.  The world is messed up and it’s great to find some pockets of comfort, friendship and hope!  If you have a group, please feel free to talk about it in the comments, or talk about what your group does that you really like and that helps. Yay Fatties and Friends!

If you are near CalTech I’ll be part of a panel on health and eating disorders tomorrow (Friday) at noon at Avery Hall.

If you are in Austin I’ll be teaching a fun dance workshop for all bodies and all abilities with Theresa Woodsong on March 10th at 10:30. Details are here!

The Austin Plus Size Clothing Swap and Sale – Camaraderie, Community, and Clothes – is on April 1st.  It includes free food, a cash bar, fun and games, a raffle for a one-of-a-kind gown and it supports GenAustin, SafePlace, and Austin Fairy Godmother.  Details  are here!

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4 thoughts on “Fatty and Friends Fellowship

  1. Dang girl…it was chilly enough in the Valley today and YOU went and hung out at the beach?! It’s anarchy! 😉 Hope you’re having a lovely time here on the left coast. Hopefully I’ll catch you next time.

  2. When are you coming to Pittsburgh, Ragen? Can you point me to anything that might help me facilitate having you here? I am a long time reader-lurker-fangirl. You are wonderful, and do keep up the work!

  3. I’m wondering the same as Sujata =) I’m bed dancing & working on hulu. I’m disabled by a relapse of Meniere’s & progressive rheumatoid, but continue to dance as I can. So take your time Ragen getting to Pittsburgh, my costumes need more work! Thanx for the new viewpoints!

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