Our Roots

Feedists for Fat Liberation began in Fall 2020 as a collective of like-minded feedists who felt that, for too long, feedism has ignored the call to fat liberation. In addition, this group felt that the negative perceptions of feedism in fat liberation spaces contributed to the lack of involvement of feedists in movement work. This group of liberation-minded feedists felt that it was time to begin seriously exploring how to integrate feedism and fat liberation, because both are naturally intertwined. We hosted our first community gathering in December 2021. The support and response from the feedist community was incredibly powerful. It was clear that there were countless other feedists aligned with this work. Our work is only just beginning, but we are proud of our roots!

FFL aligns all of our work and actions with the following guiding principles

Connection

Feedism and fat liberation are fundamentally connected with one another

Feedism cannot be enjoyed outside of fat liberation, and feedists are natural allies to the Fat Liberation movement. Envisioning a world where there is liberation for all must include feedist identifying people, and fat liberation offers a framework to support this.

Health

Health has no bearing or involvement with this movement

We reject the medical-industrial complex and healthism in all forms. Health status has no bearing a person’s humanity and worth.

Centering

The most marginalized fat voices will be centered

This includes infinifat people, superfat people, sex workers, fat QTBIPOC, fat BIPOC, fat disabled, and fat queer voices.

Justice

Feedism and fat liberation intersect with other justice movements

In supporting greater understanding between feedist and fat liberation communities, we will take an intersectional approach that considers feedism/fat liberation as they intersect with other justice movements.

Story

We recognize that each person has a story and that story is sacred

We will meet people where they are in their feedism/fat liberation journey.

Shame-Free

We are committed to creating a space that is free from shame, judgement, hostility, coercion, and fear

We are committed to eliminating anti-fat bias/fatmisia in feedist spaces, while also working toward making fat liberation a feedist-positive space.

Meet FFL’s Organizing Team

Dozens of volunteers work on FFL project teams. Here are some of the folks currently serving on FFL’s 7- to 10-member core organizing team.

Isicera

Isicera is a mixed, trans, queer, midfat, mutual gainer, neurodivergent artist of spirit. Although Isicera created content in the feedist community for decades, she self isolated in response to some of the less savory behaviors that showed up there. She got more involved in the fight for fat liberation in the last half decade, investing her skills in both art and organization for the greater good. Isicera approaches justice from the perspective that when people are oppressed, we are all denied access to the world in which people are empowered to share their gifts.

Laura

Laura is a white, cis, lesbian, femme, and has been a feedist for as long as she can remember. After a lifetime of trying to repress her feedist sexuality (and a few failed self-made attempts at conversion therapy), she embraced this aspect of her identity. Laura is committed to abolition and transformative justice, and she believes in applying these principles to the feedism community. It is possible to create new worlds outside of current systems of harm and oppression, and this is also true for our feedist community.

Sally

Sally is a queer, white, cis, superfat elder who has been part of the fat liberation movement since the late 1980s. Although feedism has fueled her fantasies since adolescence, Sally feared being ostracized by the fat lib movement, and so was a closeted feedist until fall 2020. She is stepping into her truth and working to build a bridge between feedism and fat lib in order to create a world where the two are united in common purpose.

Patrick

Patrick has been fat all his adult life, a feedist since before he had words for the term, interested in justice causes since he watched his dad’s union get ready to strike in the 90s, and a member of the internet fat kink community since the days of dial-up. He co-hosted the Horngry 4 More Podcast and has contributed multiple articles to Horngry Magazine, along with organizing 50+ person community meetups in the San Francisco Bay Area in the days before COVID. Now he lives in Northern New Mexico and works in government. Within fat liberation, his interests are finding common cause between the fat lib and feedism communities and getting more people who look like him involved.

David

David is a black, cis, straight feedist from the UK. Despite having feedist inclinations for as long as he can remember, it took him a long time to understand what being a feedist meant and it took meeting other feedists to truly acknowledge and embrace that part of his identity. Introduced to Fat Liberation through Sofie Hagen’s book ‘Happy Fat’ in 2019, David created the website ‘Growing Horizons’ to educate new feedists and bridge the gap between feedists and the fat liberation movement, which brought him into contact with FFL. Together with FFL, David is committed to smashing the stigma that exists around feedism outside of the community and building greater awareness of fat liberation within the community.

Wood

To come

Becky

Becky (they/them) is a neurodivergent, genderqueer, polyam and pansexual feedist; a fantastically fat human. Ultimately they strive towards radical love both in their life and through action to improve the world. Feedism has struck a chord of importance in their life for generally as long as they can remember.

Beyond that some things they enjoy include improvisational cooking (and being very extra about it), absurd humor, the wide spectrum of colors in the universe, art museums, all fancy cheese, getting lost in nature, enjoying and finding resonance with a myriad of music, making art and creative writing, offbeat comics, and informing themselves and others in terms of fat liberation.

Juniper

To come