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Our community includes creatives & artists who are amplifying bodily autonomy through their work, audiences who applaud these stories and collaborative organizational partners with shared goals. 

VOL. 27, LEARN:

FAT CHANCE

In Vol. 27, we’re exploring the intersection of reproductive justice and fatness.

It’s a tricky topic for many reasons. For starters, there’s the “F word.” Long used as a pejorative, many people in larger bodies prefer it to medicalized terms like “obese” or euphemisms like “curvy” or “fluffy.”

Of course, we have all been subject to damaging cultural messages about fatness, which combine to make it more difficult for fat people to access quality medical care, including reproductive care. Two important ways: Many higher-weight people are denied access to infertility treatment, and emergency contraception is far less effective for people living in fat bodies. 

Next month we’ll share our Vol. 27 short film selection “How to Carry Water,” a documentary that centers fat bodies, gently challenging its viewers to reconsider how they feel about fatness.

To set the mood, we’ve assembled a few resources for you to explore, from photos and videos to essays and articles. Dive in — the water’s warm.

XO,
the rePROFilm Team

Learn-Head
Fat people have sex, too, so why is it so hard to find contraception that works?

“Despite all the important discussions happening in the SCOTUS decision’s wake, there’s one conversation that’s gone vastly unreported: how the overturn of Roe v. Wade is disproportionally impacting people in larger bodies.” This story is a deep dive into the challenges fat people face in accessing contraception.

(Pop Sugar)

Weight, What? How Fatphobia Impacts Reproductive Care

This primer from a reproductive justice organization is a terrific overview of how fatphobia impacts medical care, including reproductive care.


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Urge)

Does my body matter if I’m not thin, young or a mom?

This post is for paid subscribers of Burnt Toast, the newsletter by anti-diet, body liberation journalist Virginia Sole-Smith. We share it here because you can still read the first few paragraphs without paying, plus this essay criscrosses its way through the intersections of fatness and reproductive justice. A choice excerpt: “Your body is inherently good and valuable, no matter what it weighs and no matter whether it has made a child. There is no contingency on that value. We cannot decide that some bodies get to matter and some bodies don’t.”

(Burnt Toast)

Some of our favorite fat TikTok creators

Some of the best TikTok accounts belong to fat athletes, like ice skater @bigbodyonice, Pilates practitioner Fat Body Pilates, roller skater @fat_quads, marathoner Latoya Shauntay Snell, and dancer Imani Lias. Fitness doesn’t make a body more valuable than it would be otherwise, but it’s powerful to watch fat people move through the world in unexpected ways. (TikTok)

Adipositivity (NSFW)

“How to Carry Water” follows a fat photographer who specializes in capturing fat bodies. Her forerunner: Substantia Jones, who has been focusing her lens on fat people (clothed and unclothed) for more than two decades. (Adipositivity) 

Inclusive language for higher-weight people

This primer may be useful if you’ve ever grasped for the right words to describe someone else’s body (or your own). Stick around for Ragan Chastain’s takedowns of the diet industry and a health-care system that often works against the interests of fat people. (The Weight and Health Care Newsletter) 

The body is not an apology

This spoken-word performance by artist and activist Sonya Renee Taylor is a fierce statement about the value of her body — and every body (including yours). If Taylor’s work resonates, you might check out her book “The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.”  (YouTube)

FURTHER READING

If the links above surprised you or stoked your curiosity and you want to learn more about fatness, bodily autonomy, and body liberation, here are a few more resources: 

OUR GENEROUS UNDERWRITERS

Thank you to our underwriters which enable us to bring you the rePRO Periodical for free, as well as compensate all of our storytellers and contributors. Learn how you can support this public media initiative.

George R. Tiller, M.D. Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Women’s Health
Stober Lafer Foundation

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