11 August 2010

This is what a fat activist looks like

Being an activist means that I make stuff and I do stuff. Often this is about fat, but it's also about zines, the internet, films, academia, sex, all kinds of things. My fat and queer body is central to my cultural production, I cannot deny it even though, like many people, my body is often mediated by a screen, a mouse and a keyboard. My friend Sara Davidmann, who also happens to be an excellent photographer, took some pictures of me in a nest of some of the things I have made. That's me in the picture, pulling things I've made out of my cunt, my body. Here I am: fat, queer, a thinking, critical and productive citizen, "the obese". This is what a fat activist looks like, I'm one of many different kinds of fat activist.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

You rock, and I'm in love with your shoes.

Notblueatall said...

Oh my gosh! You amaze me! I love what you're wearing, too! Great picture and seriously: MORE! Thanks for being you, you rock my socks!

FemmeForever said...

I'm very impressed with your thighs. Actually your entire body seems to be cellulite-free. You go girl.

Charlotte Cooper said...

FemmeForever: I'm guessing this is a compliment, however being cellulite-free is not something I aspire to or care about. Why is that good? What do you mean that my thighs are impressive?

Anonymous said...

Am I allowed to say that I am amazingly jealous of your fabulous figure? Because it is fabulous, and it makes me feel rather underendowed. I wish my rack was that awesome.

Miriam Heddy said...

I adore your socks and shoes and general kick-ass style.

Samantha Hyatt said...

Ha, I love the tag "big fat wobbly bodies". Because I love big fat wobbly bodies, mine included, and I don't get to see enough of them due to the public fear of the idea. Anyway, thank you for posting this. Love it :) (Got here via Shakesville, by the by.)

lilacsigil said...

I love seeing photos of fat people online that they themselves have chosen to present - it's such a refreshing antidote to the pathologised headless fattie of newspaper scares. You rock, and so do your socks!

elne said...

awesome! and while i cannot approve of your sneaker come pumps, the coolness of your socks does salve my offense :P
you are one gorgeous awesome lady and someone i look up to.

as an aside, i am passionate about the fat acceptance movement, but as a thin person (recovered from anorexia) i wonder where that leaves me within the movement? can i be part of it?

Charlotte Cooper said...

I'm really depressed by comments here referring to jealousy of my body, or talking about my body being 'cellulite-free' as though that was a virtue. It makes me think that people don't understand my writing here about fat at all.

Let me state this clearly:

All bodies are good bodies, your body is as good as mine, don't waste your time being jealous of my body.

Bodies that resemble a cultural norm in some way are no better than bodies that do not resemble any norms.

Charlotte Cooper said...

elne: I think that if you're interested in fat stuff then you should pursue that interest. I think it's good to build a diverse fat community where many different perspectives are present. I think you should join in.

Anonymous said...

Those are some ROCKIN' socks!

This is a really well put-together picture. Very awesome.

morriganscrow said...

This fab picture works on so many levels - the way good art should.
It looks great, the messages are many, and clearly articulated, the model (your good self) is wonderfully alive and gutsy, the various props are thought-provoking as is your posture and action, and the issues being addressed are in urgent need of more public exposure.
Thank-you for creating this, it's brilliant.

alice said...

When I first saw this, I thought it was a pic of you during an installation piece. And I was transfixed by seeing boobs like mine (in an awesome bra). So strange when our cultural library of body images has shrunk so slantedly.

Anyway, this has opened up the idea of being a big fat wobbly body in public all the time, even if I'm not quite as full of commentary or elegant composition. :)

Anonymous said...

When I saw this image this is what I thought:

It looks like you have given birth to, and are embracing, all these different aspects of who you are. You look down at your creations as you continue to care for and nourish the ideas therein.

I am sorry that you get hate mail. You should only get loving an supportive email. Thank you so much for all your hard work and courage. It has inspired and helped guide me out of the self-hate. xoxoxo.

Alina from Toronto

Dr Charlotte Cooper said...

Thanks Alina.