Make #fatactivism your new year resolution

Happy 2016 from HammerOn!

We are excited for the official launch of Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement on Monday.

If you want to tweet about the book please use the #fatactivism hashtag.

Fat Activists the Chubsters dance in a group
The Chubsters – Image by Christa Holka

You can still pre-order the book here and we will promptly pop a copy in the post for you.

Books will also be on sale at the official launch event next Friday 8 January 2016 at Gay’s the Word, 66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB, 6.30-9pm.

On Monday we will reveal another amazing film, made by Emma Thatcher and starring Charlotte, exploring the history of Fat Activism in London.

Participants at the Fattylympics do an activity
Fattylympics – Image by Simon Murphy

Until you get your copy of Charlotte’s book, enjoy these words from the introduction.

‘Fat people are a fact of life, part of the fabric of humanity. There is evidence that we have existed for many thousands of years. We are here. There are many who would prefer fat people not to exist, but we are here regardless of whether or not we are allowed or supposed to be here. Fat people are as valuable as anyone else and our existence reveals important things about how societies operate.

A Queer and Trans Fat Activist Timeline
A Queer and Trans Fat Activist Timeline – Image by Charlotte Cooper

As a psychotherapist, I am interested in the ways in which people might grow towards hopes and dreams, express agency, by which I mean the capacity to choose and act independently, even within restrictive social contexts; to really live.

I see activism as a strategy for developing what Judith Butler calls “liveable lives” in contexts that are extremely trying, as well as creating social change.

How can and do fat people try to make liveable lives for ourselves and others? That’s basically what this book is about.’