Call For Papers – Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Oppression

Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Oppression, edited by Ariane Prohaska and Jeannine A. Gailey

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 200-250 word abstract and a current CV to Ariane Prohaska ( or Jeannine Gailey ( by December 15th, 2017.  Any questions about the topic can also be directed to these e-mails.

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society explores issues around fat oppression. The editors invite papers on a variety of topics that address, for example, fatness as a dimension of inequality (e.g. discrimination in jobs, education, and public spaces) that intersects with other inequalities (race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, etc.), the theorizing of fat/fatness or “obesity” as deviant and the consequences on the physical/mental health of fat people, and violence against fat people.

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Stereotypes of fat people and their consequences
  • Fat children: bullying, stigma, and outcomes
  • Intimate partner violence and fat bodies
  • Fat oppression in medicine/pharmaceutical industry
  • Sexual assault/rape of fat bodies
  • Media representations of fat people
  • The history of fat oppression
  • Public policy and fat bodies
  • The diet industry and fat bodies
  • Fat activism
  • Resilience in the face of fat oppression

Final submissions should be between 3000-6000 words, including all notes and references, and should be received by April 1, 2018. If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your essay, you will need to receive permission to do so from the artists/copyright holders of the image(s).  All authors will need to sign a form that transfers copyright of their article to the publisher, Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Fat Studies is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Content includes original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Articles critically examine representations of fat in health and medical sciences, the Health at Every Size model, the pharmaceutical industry, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature, pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism.

Fat Studies
 is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat Studies advocates equality for all people regardless of body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat Studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. Fat Studies is similar to academic disciplines that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, or age.


See The Fattitude Movie Premiere in New York and California!


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Have you been waiting to see Fattitude the Movie?!?

Tickets are available NOW for NY and CA Premieres!

Brooklyn, NY Premiere

BEDA Fattitude Premiere

Sponsored by and benefiting BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association)

Brooklyn, NY – November 02, 2017 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – $30 per person

United Artists Court Street 12 & RPX, 106 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


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Los Angeles Premiere



Screening at the LA Femme International Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA – October 21, 2017 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – $10 per person
1000 W Olympic Blvd., Lose Angeles, CA 90015


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Fearless Fatshion Review: Society Plus Anne Lace Skirt

Society+ Size TagSAVINGS!

** Society+ just launched a skirt sale and is offering Fattitude fans  an exclusive code for an additional 10% off!

Code: fatittude10skirt



Fattitude Communications and Social Media Diva, Melissa Mazza, had the delight of trying on and sharing with Fattitude fans, the Society+ Anne Lace skirt in White.

Launched in 2015, Society+ is a plus size e-commerce Society+ Logoretailer and lifestyle brand focused on body positivity and plus size fashion!  Society+ shows diverse models, offers up to size 32/5X and all items are true to size – an all-around unapologetic, cutting-edge brand we adore!

First of all – I love this brand and the movement it embodies, and it’s an honor to be able to blog about this piece from Society+!  Their website is chock full of fresh fatshion inspiration from some of your fav bloggers, and diverse models from around the world – because representation matters!  I can’t express how much I love being able to see, before buying, what a piece looks like on a body shape/size similar to mine!

The piece I received is the white Anne Lace skirt. It’s a high-quality, 2-layer pencil skirt with zippered back and thick elastic waistband.  I was a little worried about the length, since I’m only 5’1″, but hiking the waistband up higher on my body gave me the perfect length I was looking for.  The skirt is comfortable, has the perfect amount of stretch, easy to dress up or down, and the delicate lacy details are so classy! I dressed-up and dressed-down the piece, so you can see how versatile this skirt is.

Society+ Anne Lace Skirt with Black Top To dress-up, I paired the skirt with a black mesh cape top, patent leather pumps and a chunky necklace.  I would totally wear this on a date or out for drinks with my girlfriends!

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For a more casual look, I simply paired the skirt with a grey tank, denim jacket and some comfy athletic flats.  A totally easy to pull together look that is cute and comfortable!

Society+ Anne Lace Skirt

Melissa in Society+ Anne Lace


















Dressed up or down, I am loving my new skirt!  I can’t wait to share more items with you all in the future!

XO Melissa


*This blog post is the opinion of a particular Fattitude intern – and does not necessarily reflect the position of Fattitude, Inc.

Talking Body Love, Media Sizism and Weirdos With Jen Ponton!

We had the great pleasure of chatting and giggling with the very lovely and multi-talented actress and body love activist, Jen Ponton.  Jen is most commonly recognized for her work on “30 Rock”, “Orange is the New Black” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – and hopefully many more leading roles in the near future!

Jen found her love and refuge in school plays and dance as a young girl, and received such joy in making people laugh.  After attaining her theatre degree, she transitioned to TV with the desire to tell bigger stories that could impact more people.  In finding the body love and fat acceptance communities, Jen says she found the most wonderful, dynamic, justice-seeking, compassionate, badass people she’s ever known – and we think she is all of those things and more!

Here’s the inside scoop from our conversation with Jen Ponton! Make sure to support her on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out her adorable series, “The Weirdos Next Door.

When and how did you find body positivity and fat acceptance?

My fat acceptance & body love journey started when I was in my mid 20s. I was maybe 23 or 24.  I had spent all my life up to that point being where most fat people find themselves – self-loathing, feeling undeserving of love, constantly dieting, starving myself, abusing my body- it was bad news bears. My first step, honestly, was meeting and then dating my now-husband, who is also fat and comes from a family of size (I am from a family of very thin WASPs).  Early conversations with him were really illuminating, and gently encouraged me to love my body.  It was the first time I’d ever heard that. It helped – and it even took me out of the cycle of dieting and eased my food issues.

During that time, I was primed to find the blog circle called the Fat-O-Sphere.  It included blogs helmed by (mostly) women who are now prolific writers – Kate Harding, Marianne Kirby, Lesley Kinzel, Melissa McEwan of Shakesville.  I was fascinated and so ready; I read their archives for months and months, and there I learned about fat acceptance, health at every size, and the insidious diet industry’s influence in funding research that points to fat equaling morbidity.  It molded me into a new person who really owned myself and truly loved my body, ate intuitively, and moved my body because joy not because getting skinny.

Has acting strengthened your own love and acceptance of your body?

It didn’t used to – it used make it glaringly clear to me that I wasn’t like everyone else and that something was wrong with me.  My costumes were often frumpy and unbecoming, while all the other actresses (many of whom were very slim) played romantic leads and got to look adorable and lovely.  I found this to be true especially in musical theatre. Being a fat actor is a weird fun-house mirror, because you LIVE inside the sizist media skew that we’re all subject to.  For us it isn’t just a magazine or a movie, it’s literally our entire demographic and world.  In the years since I started pursuing television and film, the paradigm shifted.  I started relishing the opportunity to play fat characters, because I could really humanize them and connect in a real way. In addition, I loved getting cast in non-size-specific roles – it allowed me to say, “Great, this is a normal person. Her size has nothing to do with this script.”  From there, it was just being a person, showing someone’s humanity – even if she happened to be a size 22.  I find that getting to be a visible representative of our community is a gift that I love to give, but also one that comes right back to me in spades and enhances my own body positivity.

What is the most body positive role you’ve had opportunity to play and why?

This season, I did a guest star on my beloved Hulu show, Deadbeat – and I got to play the most delicious character ever!  She was an English Duchess who died while her nude portrait was being done, and since I played her ghost, the entire episode is ‘TV Naked’ (i.e. pasties and nude shorts with censor bars and a CGI navel – movie magic!). Duchess Beatrix was also a total freak-a-leek, so all she does for the entire episode is hit on Pac (Tyler Labine) with the creepiest, raunchiest come-ons that may have ever escaped my lips.  She is hot and KNOWS she’s hot, and while Pac is turned off by her, it’s more because she’s a creep than because of her body.  What he lacks in interest, Clyde (Kal Penn) makes up for – he sees her painting and talks about what a babe she is.  It’s such a great depiction of a confident and sexy fat woman who sees what she wants and goes right for it.

Is it harder to be a plus size actress?

I really don’t think so.  I think it’s enormously difficult to be a fat actress who doesn’t love her body and is uncomfortable in her own skin; that base level of self-loathing with a scoop of feeling disenfranchised on top of it is just a recipe for misery.  I think if you ARE confident in your body and truly have a healthy relationship with yourself, being a fat actress can be much easier.  We’re still a distant minority in this business, and television and film are really starting to come around and tell stories about people who look like us. The best is yet to come, for sure.

Do you think plus size representation is important to the body positive movement?

ABSOLUTELY.  We normalize what we see every day. (As Hannibal Lecter says, “We covet what we see every day.”)  Part of feeling so icky and alien in our bodies is because nothing we take in reflects fat people in a human way – period.  What little we DO see of fat people in print and entertainment is meant as a punchline or a sad sack or someone’s pitiful ‘before’ photo.  How are we supposed to feed that to our subconscious for a lifetime and take anything good away from it?  To change the game for fat people, we MUST be represented in humane ways across the board. We must see our pictures, our characters, our stories everywhere, and it’s vitally important that they be featured in a way that doesn’t have our happiness, success or sense of worthiness be contingent upon changing our bodies.

What’s next for you professionally? What can we expect to see you in?

I’ve got a lot of stuff on Netflix that premiered this year, so if you haven’t yet binge-watched this season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Orange is the New Black”, or Hulu’s “Deadbeat” – you’ll find me there! Also, a film in which I star, “Love on the Run”, recently released and is available on Amazon and iTunes. As for what’s next, I’m tackling sizism in content creation, too – writing a couple of awesome scripts with badass, sexy fat characters.  Why wait for everyone else to wake up? I’m excited to get these stories out there to lead the way!


Call for Papers: Visual Fat Studies

Attention Fattitude Fans: Call for Papers – Visual Fat Studies

FKW // Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur

No. 62, Spring 2017, Submission deadline: October 20, 2016

In 2030, almost half of all Europeans will be fat — according to the striking yet simplistic forecast issued by the WHO at the 2015 European Congress on Obesity in Prague. For some time, the message has spread in the Global North that obesity, adiposity, overweight, etc. threaten to deform the healthy (i.e., slim) nation’s body like a contagious virus. Read More

Fattitude loves YONA New York

Recently Fattitude creator Lindsey, and communications coordinator Melissa, had the awesome treat of trying on and sharing with Fattitude fans two new items from Yona New York!  Yona New York is a Brooklyn made line that offers sophisticated, effortless fashions in sizes 14-24.

As an official sponsor of Full Figure Fashion Week, Yona New York is currently offering 25% off your entire order through July 4, 2016! Use promo code: FFFWEEK25
You can check them out on Facebook as well! Read More

Open Casting Call: Don’t Talk To Irene


Greetings Fattitude Fans!

We were asked to share an open casting call for a brand new feature film by writer/director Pat Mills, “Don’t Talk to Irene”.

It’s a body positive story (dark comedy meets teen dance movie) that should be a lot of fun!

The filmmakers are currently seeking their lead actress – could it be you or someone you know?

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