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FatGirl Speaks 2004 Seeks Volunteers

The second annual "FatGirl Speaks; a Celebration of Size, Self and Sexuality" will be happening Saturday, May 8th 2004 @ the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Founded on progressive feminist principles of size positivity and the promotion of natural body diversity, this full-day festival will energize, empower, uplift and celebrate women of size and our allies!
The second annual "FatGirl Speaks; a Celebration of Size, Self and Sexuality" will be happening Saturday, May 8th 2004 @ the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Last year's show was a total blowout. We sold out the venue and turned away another 100 folks at the door. This year, our venue is larger, and we'll be having an on-site after party as well!

Founded on progressive feminist principles of size positivity and the promotion of natural body diversity, this full-day festival will energize, empower, uplift and celebrate women of size and our allies!

FatGirl Speaks will feature political and educational workshops, a FatGirl Fashion Show, an evening of spoken word, dance, performance art, live music and fun extras like a FatGirl kissing booth!

In addition to the immediate benefits of attending the event, our conference program will be presented in 'zine format and will serve as a long-term resource guide with both local and national resources for living large, loud and proud.

I'm writing here because we need a few things to help us with the planning process for this year's show:

1) Performers - Musicians, Spoken Word Artists, Dancers, DJ's, GoGo Girls, etc...

2) Volunteers - local fatgirls to get involved in the planning and production.

3) Sponsors - This year, in order to get a larger venue, we literally had to quadruple our rent. We'd like to get sponsors to help us so we don't have to charge the audience too much. We're working on getting non-profit status so we can give you a tax write-off. We're doing the resource guide in 'zine format again, but we're getting pricing for full color glossy so we can include artwork and give our sponsors full color ads as well. And based on last year's attendance of 500 people (plus the 100 others who would have liked to have attended), we're estimating 800 fiesty fatgirls in the audience who will benefit from hearing about you, and vice-versa!

4) Fundraisers - locals and non-locals alike, who would be willing to help plan and put on fundraisers for the FatGirl Speaks show in Portland or elsewhere.

5) Hospitality - folks who have homes they're willing to share with out of town guests or performers, with comfortable sleeping accommodations for people of size.

Please contact Stacy Bias at info@fatgirlspeaks.com or see http://www.fatgirlspeaks.com for more information on getting involved!

homepage: homepage: http://www.fatgirlspeaks.com
address: address: PO BOX 13782, Portland OR 97213-0782


No thank you 17.Sep.2003 13:11

PoohNTigger

"fun extras like a FatGirl kissing booth!"

Thanks for the info, but I think I'll pass.

Have a good time however and enjoy, It's just not my cup of tea.

*sigh* 17.Sep.2003 17:13

Stacy

I'll never understand why people feel the need to comment if the comments they have to add aren't positive. Did I ask for your blessing? Nope. Do I care if it's your cup of tea? Nope. This is a celebration of women of size, and the last thing any of us need is people coming in with this sort of attitude declaring, yet again, that since we don't meet that arbitrary physical ideal set forth by the media and the diet industry, that we're "not your cup of tea." -- We get it. Thank you. Daily. In huge, steaming pile-of-crap doses. Spoon fed by every jenny craig commercial, by every subway commercial with people holding pants 3 times their size, by every "new report" on the "epidemic of obesity" telling us that we're worthless, slovenly creatures with no benefit to society. To you and anyone else who wants to comment to this with something similar --- save your breath, man. It's redundant.

Spoiled for life 17.Sep.2003 19:58

Got my hands full

Thank godess for big girls :o)~

Health news 18.Sep.2003 06:48

Dr. Death

Uh, obesity is a serious health problem. The WHO has stated that it will be the most serious health problem in the West over the coming decades. Size acceptance is great, but stuffing your face with soda pop, potato chips, french fries and all the other sugar and fat filled crap that Western consumers gorge on is not a good thing. Belittling "news reports" about this issue as if it's some conspiracy to make you feel bad.. yeah, that's pretty good. I guess smokers and heroin users are oppressed too, right?

Stereotypical Much? 18.Sep.2003 19:10

Stacy info@fatgirlspeaks.com

The very fact that you choose to fill your comments with crass generalizations of fat folk like "stuffing your face with soda pop, potato chips, french fries and all the other sugar and fat filled crap that Western consumers gorge on" tells me that you're just the kind of dangerous narrow mind that is helping to create the "epidemic" in the first place.

What do you think is going to happen if the whole world goes spinning even further into a blind, terrified spiral of self-loathing? We're going to rush to ridiculous mutiliations of our bodies (gastric bypass, where your body is literally incapable of getting the nutrients it needs without massive amounts of "supplements", and where absolutely NO data on the long-term effects of this surgery exist), pack ourselves into yo-yo diet centers where we drop 10 pounds and gain back 20, we're going to see a massive increase in eating disorders, a massive increase in body-image induced suicides and the world is JUST GOING TO GET FATTER.

The fact is - there are a LOT of people out there who are "technically" obese who are actually very healthy people. Fitness and fatness are NOT mutually exclusive, and the world needs to understand that concept. I have a vegan friend who rides her bike everywhere she goes, is on a variety of sports teams and is VERY physically fit and VERY active, and she's still fat. She will be for the rest of her life. It's just who she is and where her body falls, even when she's eating well and being physically active. A LOT of people out there are like that - genetically predispositioned towards greater body mass, and they are healthy, strong and fit.

And aside from which, thinness is not a guarantee of fitness. How many thin folks do you know that can't jog a block without being winded?? It's not a matter of size. It's a matter of healthful activity and its frequency. Some fat folks are out of shape. Some are healthy. Some thin folks are out of shape. Some are healthy. Some folks, if they increase the amount of healthful activity, will drop pounds. Some won't.

The point of this show is to tell people that, regardless of your size, you are a PERSON OF VALUE, who has EVERY RIGHT to feel good about yourself. I think it is RIDICULOUS to judge an event with such a positive message, and the 600 people who came to the event last year agree with me. And understand me -- HEAR THIS -- the *only* effective platform for permanent positive change is a good sense of self and a positive self-esteem. Self-loathing is NOT a good motivator, and if you "Dr Death", want to see the world change for the better - try telling someone that they have value, try telling someone that you care for them, that they are worth something, that they are talented, beautiful, intelligent, warm, compassionate, kind, gifted --- See how much further that gets you, and them, than a snarky media-drone undereducated comment.


... and another thing 19.Sep.2003 07:52

Stacy

it *is* a conspiracy to make us feel bad. The diet industry is a TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. Drug makers, surgeons and weight loss centers make more money the more dissatisfied and unhappy we are with ourselves. The first rule of marketing is to *create a need* and then to *fill it*, and if someone is happy with themselves, there's no *need*, and so there's nothing to fill, and that person won't run out to by drugs like xenical which leaves oily residue in your underwear because your body literally can't process any fats that are being consumed, even healthy fats -- or have bariatric surgery which literally is a partial disembowelment and makes the stomach the size of a single banana and makes it physically impossible to nourish your body in the way that it needs to be nourished to ensure healthful longevity without popping loads of supplement pills every single day, throwing up if you eat even a tiny bit more than what your stomach can hold, and/or possibly killing you on the table due to complications from this very complex surgery.

Read the book Body Wars. Expand your viewpoint. Be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

*gasp* 19.Sep.2003 18:10

Krissy

Wow, I thought this was a place where people are educated and enlightened and tolerant. Not to mention, questioning of how the media manipulates us every day. I cannot believe the sizeist sterotypical shat that came out of Mr. Death's keyboard. I am a fat girl who seldom drinks soda (root beer at a movie) is a vegan, never goes to fast food places, hardly ever eats potato chips and hates popcorn. Not that I should need to tell you one single thing of what I eat!!!

Do you not know thin people who eat terribly? Do you feel the need to judge and ridicule them?
In the midst of "allies", man, I am ready to give up.(But, I won't!) Disgusting.

Western consumers... Gorge On! 03.Oct.2003 13:29

what Dr. Death said

Dr Death didn't make any crass generalizations of fat folk. He made them about western consumers.

The skinny people that gorge on soda pop, potato chips, french fries and all the other sugar and fat filled crap don't have anything to do with OBESITY.
He said, "The WHO has stated that it, (obesity) will be the most serious health problem in the West over the coming decades"

He was questioning your "belittling (of) news reports about this issue as if it's some conspiracy to make you feel bad."

I don't know if you were guilty of that accusation, but PLEASE READ AND THINK CAREFULLY before you respond. You're less likely to be dismissed. You're more likely to get your message across. And you're more likely to get some help.

Yawn. 03.Oct.2003 13:35

bleh

Hah ha. This is hilarious. People who find fatties unattractive will now be labeled "sizeist." LOL!

sounds great! 16.Oct.2003 21:22

jenny gs! fatassfemme@yahoo.com

hey stacy and krissy, this sounds wonderful and of course i want to be involved! i'm e-mailing both of you right now (for different reasons).