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.
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
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.
My book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement is now out through HammerOn Press. To celebrate, we made a little video.
The latest Poor Lass is out, a necessary zine of real life stories by working class women.
This issue is themed Health and I have a contribution in it about being a working class psychotherapist.
Copies and info available at Poor Lass
I got quoted talking about doing therapy with sex workers as clients in Why we need to change the way we talk about sex work by Leonie Roderick in Dazed.
Scroll through #SWOU15 on Twitter for more accounts of the Sex Worker Open University conference, which took place in London in November.
I have been part of a group of people who have got together over the past year or so to produce a zine/pamphlet about accessing and surviving mental health services. It’s written from a broadly anarchist perspective and is intended to reach people who might normally feel disenfranchised. ‘Class struggle and mental health: Live to fight another day’ is also an attempt to bring mental health into focus within radical left and activist spaces.
You can download and read Class struggle and mental health: Live to fight another day for free.