You Have the Right to Remain Fat is on the Amelia Bloomer List!
The Amelia Bloomer List is a project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. Since 2002, the Amelia Bloomer Project has created an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18.
Books I have a crush on that are also on the list in the category of young adult non-fiction:
Abdulali, Sohaila. What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape
Dahlqvist, Anna. It's Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation
Edim, Glory, ed. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Evans, Claire L. Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
Quintero, Isabel. Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. Illus. by Zeke Peña
Reyes, Barbara Jane. Invocation to Daughters
Richards, Cecile. Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead
Shraya, Vivek. I’m Afraid of Men
Thanks to the members of the 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project committee, Katelyn Browne (co-chair), University of Northern Iowa (IA); Kelsey Keyes (co-chair), Boise State University (ID); Madison Bishop, Plymouth Public Library (MA); Kelly Dickinson, National Cathedral School (DC); Silvia Lin Hanick, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) (NY); Natasha Forrester Campbell, Multnomah County Library (OR); Caitie Morphew, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Melissa Nemitz, West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System (NJ); Leila Roy, Lyman Community Library (ME); and Ally Watkins, First Regional Library (MS).
In 8 weeks, I'll be in the woods of Sausalito, California with about 30 babes leading Camp Thunder Thighs. It's my reimagining of the concept of Fat Camp.
Instead of scales, there will be s'mores.
Instead of punitive exercise, there will be jiggling.
Instead of calorie-counting, there will be patriarchy-smashing.
I'm beyond, beyond that I'll be doing this work alongside an excellent human and fellow Taurus, Bayley.
Bayley Van is a full time fashion fatty. She rocks fat fashion from the classroom to the club. When she isn’t in class, working in schools with disabled adults, or painting faces at the public library she up-cycles bags, purses, tins, and pill bottles.
I asked Bayley to join me at CTT because (1) she is a total empath, smart, crafty psychic witch (ask her about plant identification!) whose skills and perspective I knew would come in handy during a weekend dedicated to hard conversations and deep feelings, (2) I wanted people in the Camp Thunder Thighs community to meet her, and (3) I couldn't imagine doing this work without someone so radically honest, kind, generous and creative.
I'm excited you'll get to meet her on June 28th, kick off day for Camp Thunder Thighs. There are 2 spots left. So if you're dreaming of making friends while hanging out by a bunch of trees, the Pacific Ocean, birds (I am sure I saw an eagle that last time I was there!), coyotes, and some otters, register really soon.
Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.