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Fat Activist Vernacular

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This hefty zine is a list of words and their definitions, a bit like a dictionary but a lot less formal.

It's about how fat activists like me see the world. It's an invitation for you to see things through our eyes too.

"When you talk about fat people the language of power is the language of medicine and public health. But the words I have collected here are words that subvert that power. They offer a glimpse of a subculture."

Some examples:

Disease
It has become a popular view amongst obesity experts, that being fat is a disease. Some of them think it is contagious. This is part of the on-going project to medicalise and control fat people, which they depend on for a living and for their status as experts.

Doctor
The boss of you and everything.

Draw attention upwards
Wear a piece of jewellery, a scarf, a fancy collar, or have huge hair to direct attention upwards towards your face and hope that people don't notice your apparently awful body. Pernicious and pathetic fashion advice of yesteryear.

Drugs
A million goldmines will erupt for whichever corporation finds the magic pill that makes fat people thin and keeps them coming back for more. The race is already on. Meanwhile, weight loss drugs have significant side effects including feeling wired, getting an eating disorder, major organ failure, pants-shitting, impaired cognition and death. Some need injecting a couple of times a day and at the moment you are unlikely to lose a lot of weight on any of them.

Dummies
Fat dummies are used by health professionals and firefighters, and possibly others, to train people in how to handle fat people. They use dummies instead of talking to fat people.

A5, 86 pages, card cover.

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