I first met Isy Morgenmuffel through her gentle, smart, kind and funny comics and came to admire her as a dynamic force in alternative housing, community organising and food.
Isy has just published Eat Like It Matters: Food Choice, Nutrition and Wellbeing in a Capitalist Food System. This is a small publication with big implications.
Isy is rare in the field of dietetics and nutrition in that she integrates health at every size principles into her work. With this work she deepens an analysis of food and wellbeing under capitalism with HAES and she does the necessary work of encouraging vegans in the left to engage with their own fatphobia. It’s accessible and beautifully made.
I am really thrilled to have contributed a small piece to this book.
Get a copy of Eat Like It Matters via Active Distribution.
Issue 2 of You’re Not My Dad is now available.
This is a collaboration between Simon Murphy and I, where we explore our autistic world.
It’s free. Get in touch if you would like a paper copy, or read the online version (.pdf, 5.8mb).
The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has acquired Miranda July’s Joanie 4 Jackie collection of around 300 videos, documentation and press materials. I am in one of those videos, recorded about 20 years ago.
Find out more in this article from The New York Times: Miranda July Shares Her Vintage Feminist Film Archive
You’re Not My Dad! is a zine about autism by Simon Murphy and me. It came about because we wanted something that relctected our experiences of autism, something that wasn’t geared towards parents or professionals. We’ve ended up making something that we hope reflects how we see autistic culture in the UK, something funny and serious.
Paper copies are available whilst stocks last. Contact me for details. Otherwise, check out the digital version: You’re Not My Dad 1 (5.4mb)
All back issues of Poor Lass, a zine of working class women’s voices, have now been digitised and are available to download for free.
Online Issues – Poor Lass
I wrote a piece for The Guardian about fat and language in aid of Body Language, which is taking place at The Wellcome Collection, and at which I am presenting and dancing.
The rhetoric around obesity is toxic. So I created a new language for fat people
Some of the things mentioned in the article, some things not mentioned which relate to the event:
My book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement
My zine, Fat Activist Vernacular.
Another zine, The Blob, created specially for the Wellcome Collection event, which you can download for free.
Beats for the dance I am performing, But Is It Healthy?
A blog post about the whole thing, How to Killjoy an Obesity display one #BodySpectacular at a time.
I’m really happy to have some of my work included in the workbook for Let’s Mobilise: What is Feminist Pedagogy? a gathering that will take place in Gothenburg 12-14 October.
You can download copies of the workbook from the project’s website:
Rare footage of fat feminist activists from the 1970s is now available to watch online, via a reader of my blog. Marge Dean’s 1979 Fat Underground film makes use of earlier material from 1975. Find out more about this historic artifact.
Dr Bethan Evans and I have contributed a chapter to this book. We argue that Arts and Health should incorporate queer activism, especially when working with fat people.
The book is very expensive but our chapter is available online for free thanks to funding by the University of Liverpool.
Evans, B. and Cooper, C. (2016) ‘Reframing Fatness: Critiquing ‘Obesity” in Whitehead, A. and Woods, A., eds., The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
More information about the book.
I am talking about Research Justice at Emergenc(i)es Bristol in June. This is part of the Antiuniversity Now festival.
Fat Activism and Research Justice
Sunday 12 June, 1-2.30pm
Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW