The Porkerella Manifesto
[image description: black background with pink text: The Porkerella Manifesto, surrounded by cute cartoon pigs. below, a pink textbox with black text reads:
everyone has their own truths. here are a few of mine.
this is not by any means a complete or exhaustive list.
this is a work in progress as i constantly learn about
myself and get lovingly schooled on my biases by others..
below, a numbered list. text says:
1) Fat doesn’t live in a vacuum. Fat is classed. Fat is raced. Fat is gendered. Fat is queered. Fat is (dis)abled. Fat entangles with mental health. Fat mixes with social mobility. So our experiences of fat really depend on the rest of our realities. It is powerful to find common bonds in the struggles and triumphs we face as fat folks, but all of our different experiences matter.
2) Fat positive does not mean skinny negative. It means fat positive. If we want body autonomy we need to respect the body autonomy of all people. Just as some bodies are meant to be fat, some folks have metabolisms running so fast that they could power NYC. But your body is yours.
3) While I am fiercely body positive, I find myself more fiercely fat positive because I have spent a lot of my life being fat and recognize the amount of time and energy in the culture I live in that is focused on hating and eradicating fat bodies. While I will never deny the experiences some face for being ‘underweight’ or ‘looking anorexic’ when they are perfectly healthy, i cannot and will not let go of how important I feel it is to radically change society’s understanding of fatness.
4) Fat can be a state of mind, an identity. My fatness means I am consistently questioning beauty norms, fashion norms, recognizing how my body is a tool in capitalist systems such as the diet industry. My fatness means working to remove the constant need to judge people by their outsides as I was socialized to do. My fatness means unapologetic self-love.
5) Just as it is important not to fear the word ‘fat,’ it is important to take into consideration that some people who are descriptively fat might be triggered by the word. It is huuuuuugely (ha) loaded and for some is still a reminder for violence against their bodies.
6) There’s no such thing as a “real woman.” Anyone who chooses to identify as female is real. Your reality of being a woman does not get handed to you by having curves/being thin/having a vagina/being cisgendered/having breasts or whatever else.
7) Fatties can have eating disorders. So when you start hating on people with anorexia/bullimia you alienate people of ALL size who are healing from the damages of this mental health issue. It is important to meet your needs (e.g. not having to deal with the triggerfest that is thinspo) but when you start verbally abusing people and forget that it is a brain distortion, it’s just kinda mean. I have struggled with disordered eating at many weights and what helps me is love and knowing I don’t need to hate my body, not being shamed for how my brain works.
7) Everyone is fucking beautiful, one way or another.
signed, Captain Porkerella <3]
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