"Fat is Not a Feeling" Action for International Women's Day
Mar 8, 2015 — Dear Friends,
Over 15,000 people -- including you! -- have signed our petition telling Facebook that “Fat is Not a Feeling.” Thanks to your support, our campaign has been covered by Glamour, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and dozens of other news outlets around the world.
While Facebook hasn’t responded to our petition, I’m confident that if we continue to make our voices heard, they will.
That’s why I’m asking you today, on International Women’s Day, to take a moment to share this image on Facebook to let more people know about our fight: http://on.fb.me/1CQ7j2Y
Our petition is one of eight campaigns started by young women from around the world who are working with Endangered Bodies to get our message to Facebook. Some of us speak different languages and our experiences are a little different but we’ve all struggled with loving our bodies and being healthy in the face of harmful messages like the “Fat” emoticon.
#FatisNotaFeeling is truly an international movement. Inkeri, from Germany, joined the campaign because she struggled as a child to navigate all of society’s negative messages about weight and dieting. Mizheel from Mexico is on board because those same harmful ideas about body size made her go on an extreme, dangerous diet when she was just 12 years old. Daniela, who lives in Brazil, started her campaign because she is a survivor of bulimia and she doesn’t want other young women to go down the same road.
We know that "fat" is not a neutral word in our culture and is used as shorthand to express difficult feelings about the messages we're sent that connect body size with self worth. This emoticon only serves to perpetuate that connection.
The success of our campaign shows there are many who agree. Please help us tell the world that #FatIsNotaFeeling by sharing this image on Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1CQ7j2Y
Thanks again for your support and Happy International Women’s Day!
Catherine and Endangered Bodies
PS: You can check out what the Washington Post had to say about our campaign here: http://wapo.st/181mskp
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