In Our Own Words: A Fat Activist History

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Raised by 47 people in 69 months
Help me give fat activists the opportunity to share their history, wisdom and advice in their own words to anyone who has internet access. Every little bit helps so donate what you can and please consider letting your friends know about the project on Facebook, twitter, etc.

Our society talks about fat people, wages war on fat people, and dictates to fat people what's "good" for us. Rarely are we talked to; rarer still are we given a place or a voice in discussions about us.

The fat rights movement has existed since the 1960's and we deserve to speak for ourselves, in our own words. That's what this project is about.

Through the Fat Acceptance and Health At Every Size Communities I have had the opportunity to meet some of my fat activism heroes and hear their stories, wisdom and advice. It inspired me, and I want to give everyone that opportunity.

For this project I am interviewing fat activists, starting in the 60's and moving forward in time to create a verbal history that is accessible, free of charge, to anyone who has access to the internet.

The first phase of this project will cost $5,000 including travel, equipment, editing, etc. I'm going to start immediately and keep going as funds come in. There are lots of ways you can help.

First, you can donate to the project. If you are donating less than $5 (every little bit helps!) or prefer another payment option just e-mail me at ragen at danceswithfat dot org and I'll set you up.

No money? No problem - you can still help in major ways:

Pass this page on to your friends through e-mail, blog, social media, carrier pigeon, whatever!

If you know of a (or are a) fat activist who would like to be interviewed for this project, I would love to hear from you at ragen at danceswithfat dot org.

If you want to be updated as new videos go up, join the project e-mail list at

I've received questions about diversity and inclusion in the project and I want to address that. It is very important to me to make this project inclusive of people of color, people with disabilities, queer people, trans* people, and men all of whom often find themselves under-represented in fat activism.

The first phase is created to primarily include people who were active from the 1960's through the 1980s, future phases will focus on activists from the 1980s through today. From the beginning of my research I've been looking for activists from the above communities, sometimes with limited success. My process has, to this point, centered around asking people who were active at that time for suggestions and my hope is that by starting the project with the group that I have, others may feel more comfortable to become involved, or those who I haven't found may find the project.

I intend to continue to diligently and proactively work to find members of these communities and I welcome suggestions for activists to whom I should reach out, or ways to more successfully reach out to activists in these communities.

Some of the amazing activists who have already agreed to be interviewed are:

Barbara Bruno
Bill Fabrey
Cathy Miller
Deb Burgard
Harry Minot
Jessica May
Jon Robison
Judi Richardson
Juicy D. Light
Linda Bacon
Lynn McAfee
Lynn Ellen Marcus
Marilyn Wann
Ronda Bokram
Susan Huddis Koppleman
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$2,715 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 69 months
Created July 7, 2013
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53 months ago
Karen Hickman
62 months ago

You go get them Ragen!! Happy to help in my own little way..

Alex Carter
62 months ago

Hi Ragen: I love your work. I was one of the contributors to Shadow on a Tightrope many years ago, and I hope this project takes flight. Rock on with your amazing self.

Cynthia Englert
63 months ago

Valuable work and very necessary!

Kait LaPorte
63 months ago

Thanks for doing this awesome work!

Rebecca Jane Weinstein
63 months ago

Just a token, but it's in the spirit of being a wealthier person next time.

Eileen (Kelly) Ross
64 months ago

Glad to help, 40 years and counting since I first read Vivien Mayers literature, life changing. I'm now 62 and my life went a whole lot better than I could have imagined before Fat Liberation.

Lily O'Hara
65 months ago

Brilliant project Ragen. I look forward to seeing it come to life.

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