Friday, 19 June 2020

Guerrilla activism

I’m not good with the taking down bullies kind of activism. But I’ve been drafting up this list of different ways that someone can be a fat activist… and, for myself, I really like the idea of indirect guerrilla warfare.

Like over at pluseyes tumblr there was a post about stickering. “…print a whole ton of stickers to easily peel off and slam onto an offending billboard/poster/etc…”

Or NAAFA LA is doing a “Bookmark Project: Print and put size-positive bookmarks in diet and/or self-help books, fashion or fit magazines and anywhere else!”  (When I contacted the LA branch of NAAFA, they awesomely gave me a copy of the PDF for their Bookmark Project so that I can share it with any of you that want to participate in their project.)

Or Operation Beautiful: “The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or ‘Fat Talk’”… by positing body positive notes in public.  An example would be a post-it that says “Your beautiful at any size” posted in a bathroom or changing room or any other place a stranger might stumble across it.

With the advent of social media, letter writing campaigns seem kinda out of date.  But I still think pamphlets that we can pass out to friends/family or mail to doctors and legislators would be useful.  One of my many side projects is trying to write such pamphlets… but it’s a work in progress.

I am of the opinion that there are MANY ways to be an activist and small impacts have a cumulative affect.  We’re chipping away at a China-sized wall.  Every voice makes us louder and every project makes us stronger.

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