24 January 2013

Graduating as Dr Fat

That orangey dot in the middle of the picture is me onstage being given my Doctorate at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The photo was taken yesterday. I am about to be 'capped,' that is, to have a fancy velvet hat put on my head, which marks my formal entry into the upper ranks of academia.

At the point that this picture is being taken, the Vice President is reading out the title of my thesis: 'Fat Activism: A Queer Autoethnography.' What you can't see is me beaming with delight that the words 'fat,' 'queer' and 'activism' are being treated with extreme gravitas to a large auditorium packed with people. I'm glad that these magic words were spoken and acknowledged in this really formal setting. Fat queer activism – not a joke!


11 comments:

Kitt said...

Congratulations on the formal graduation! Bravo for being so committed to a fantastic and fascinating area of study. Thank you world for Dr. Charlotte Cooper.

Twistie said...

Congratulations, Dr. Fat!

Any time we can get the words 'fat' 'queer' and 'activism' said seriously is a very good day, indeed.

blissing said...

Congratulations! And thanks for being out there.

living400lbs said...

Congratulations!

The Real Cie said...

Sorry if this comment duplicates. I was having trouble signing into Wordpress. I just want to congratulate you on your wonderful accomplishment!

Dr Charlotte Cooper said...

Thank you very much.

Veronica said...

Wow, congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Charlotte this fat fifty seven year old female needs to tip her hat to you. I have had a life time of pain starting on the play ground because of my weight.

Hopefully your work will help spare a new generation of people this particular taste of hell.

Thank you!

Dr Charlotte Cooper said...

I'm sorry to hear it Anonymous.

Angela Meadows said...

Well done! You are an inspiration. Thank you for paving the way.

Dr Charlotte Cooper said...

Thanks.