Updated: Fat Air Travel–TSA Pat-downs, She-Wees, and Southwest’s Customer of Size Policy

A little over a year ago my friend Alison and I recorded an episode about air travel as a superfat, and it was fun and there was lots of important info in it, but there has been a little change in policy at Southwest that affects how Customer of Size works, so I wanted to

Episode 40: Give Me Fat Serenity–Listener Petrina and Overeaters Anonymous

Give Me Fat Serenity–Petrina and Overeaters Anonymous Petrina was taught when she was young that her body was a problem, so she spent much of her life trying to solve it. That pursuit of thinness led her through incredible personal turmoil and culminated in seven years in the rooms of Overeaters Anonymous. What she found

Episode 39: Pretty Hurts–BlackEyedBliss’s Inspiring Fat Burlesque

/Warning: This episode is about fat burlesque, but it’s probably not work safe–there’s some humorous discussion of a simulated sex act, so maybe don’t listen to this one at your desk unless you’re wearing headphones! Episode 39: Pretty Hurts–BlackEyedBliss’s Inspiring Fat Burlesque Society would like us to think that fat people aren’t sexual beings–that we’re

Episode 38: I’m Gonna Keep Enjoying My Life–Infinifat Mom Deanna on Universal Fat Experiences and Raising Body Positive Teens

I’m Gonna Keep Enjoying My Life–Infinifat Mom Deanna on Universal Fat Experiences and Raising Body Positive Teens Deanna is an infinifat mom, but her size doesn’t stop her from having a happy life and raising happy kids. Today Deanna and I had a long chat about existing in this world in a body that makes

Episode 37: Overcoming Shame–Pod Listener Angel Finds Her Freedom

Overcoming Shame–Pod Listener Angel Finds Her Freedom I have to tell you that I’ve been having some mixed feelings now that we’re at the end of #infinifatshionfebruary. I just wasn’t sure that what I’ve been trying to do was really getting through to anyone, but then I met Angel. She emailed me on Monday, and

Episode 36: #Infinifatshionfebruary: Why Clothes Matter

Infinifatshionfebruary: Why Clothes Matter Plus fashion is a booming industry, and every year more and more retailers are getting with the program and offering plus options. And slowly (very slowly) more of these retailers are beginning to offer extended plus sizes, which is very exciting and gratifying for people who wear above a 24. Unfortunately,

Episode 35: Fat Positives – Favorable Representations of Fat People in Entertainment

Fat Positives – Favorable Representations of Fat People in Entertainment I’ve done a lot of talking on The Fat Lip about negative portrayals of fat people and about entertainment that just doesn’t get it right when it comes to fatness. But there are also many cases of positive representation of fat people in media today–probably

Episode 34: New Year, New (Old) Gripes about Fat in the Media

New Year, New (Old) Gripes This wouldn’t be The Fat Lip if I weren’t mouthing off about something, and today (and it seems like always) I have a lot to say about fat stories that are happening around us. Get ready for our first gripes of the new year! In this episode I’m addressing the

Episode 33: Holiday Table Advocacy–How to Stand Up to Fatphobia at Your Holiday Table

Ah, the holiday meal. Who doesn’t love turkey and mashed potatoes and pie and your great aunt Laura side-eying you for eating said pie? You go along to get a long,  try not to hope Laura catches laryngitis, and you come out of your holiday gathering only a little worse for wear. But why should

Episode 32: A Better Sports Bra for Plus Sizes? Jasmine Kent Needs Your Help

Jasmine Kent is not plus sized, but when she was crafting her thesis for her Master’s in Industrial Design, she wanted to fill a gap in the activewear market and give a wider range of sizes access to a better sports bra. She spoke with biomechanical researchers at Hanes and is collecting survey data from

Episode 31: Get a Second Opinion–On Fat Pregnancy and Delivery

Doctors often tell us that being fat is an obstacle to having children. Many doctors tell fat people to lose weight before even attempting to start a family because even if they DO get pregnant, they will likely be unable to carry the baby to term otherwise. But fat people get pregnant and deliver healthy

Episode 30: Today in Fatness-Fall 2017 edition

From time to time we like to check in on what’s going on in fat news, and there are a few subjects to touch on this fall. This is Today in Fatness–Fall 2017 edition. In this episode I talk about This is Us’s fat lead character, Kate and her evolution since the last time we

Episode 29: It’s Been a Rough Month–Experiencing Fatphobia in Medical Care

I’ve been involved in fat acceptance for over 15 years, and on my best day I can raise all kinds of hell about misinformation and fatphobia in medical care. But on my worst day, when I’m the one who is sick and vulnerable and on the wrong end of a doctor’s weight-related lecturing, it’s a

A Mattress Made Specifically for Fat People?! My Big Fig Mattress Experience (Sponsored)

I’m sure many fat people can relate when I say that I have a very fraught relationship with mattresses. It has always just seemed like beds weren’t made with fat bodies in mind. They sag or the materials scrunch up or sometimes they just break entirely. I’ve just never been perfectly happy with any mattress

Episode 28: Seeing Herself–How One Listener’s Social Media Presence is A Tool In Her Recovery

Like many fat women–more than we could even count–Nush is in recovery from a near lifetime of disordered eating. But she’s finding her own way by using social media. Nush’s insta is a beautiful collage of selfies and outfit photos that are for her more than anyone. When she looks at these photos she can