A Facilitated Group Reading of Fat Positive Literature
Do you have a stack of fat positive books you’re eager to read?
I know I do.
Actually, I’ve got two… a physical one and a mental one. And I bet you do, too.
So many amazing texts exist that were written by fantastic people unapologetically choosing to live their best fat lives! I want to read each and every one of them because these books are chock full of pearls of wisdom, stories that let you know you’re not alone out here, and analyses that can help you expand your fat politic.
But no matter how much I love and enjoy these books, sometimes I get stuck. I’ll finish it and have gotten so much out of it, but somehow feel like something is missing.
Or I won’t finish it because I just really need someone who understands what I’m talking about to talk about it.
And then there are those times that I’m straight up intimidated by the author, the subject matter, or what the reviews have told me I’m getting ready to get into.
So that’s why I’ve decided to launch the Fat Freedom Group Read.
What’s a Fat Freedom Group Read?
Well, it’s basically a Book Club… with a twist!
Instead of committing to join an ongoing thing, you only have to choose to read along with us for one book at a time.
We’ll have an easy-to-stick-with schedule that allows space for fitting the reading in while living your life, live group calls where we process what we’ve read in community, and an accompanying Discord chat server for connection in between the calls.
How does it work?
If you’re familiar with how traditional Book Clubs work, this is a bit like that. If you haven’t been a Book Clubber in the past, here’s what I mean:
I choose the text we’re diving into, set the pacing, and facilitate live discussion calls along the way.
You decide if you want to participate this read, get yourself a copy of the text (library copies or ebooks are both valid!), read along with our schedule best you can, and show up for group calls if you’re available and have capacity.
Together, we digest, process, and move forward with knowledge into action.
The text for this Group Read is “The Body is Not an Apology” (2nd edition) by Sonya Renee Taylor
The Reading and Live Call Schedule
We kick off our Group Read officially on Monday, April 19.
Our text for this Group Read contains 5 chapters, so we will have 2 weeks to read each of them, capped off with a live call biweekly on Fridays at 12pm Eastern Time for 90 minutes.
The schedule looks like this:
|Text to Read||Live Call Date|
|Foreword, Prologue, and Chapter 1||April 30|
|Chapter 2||May 14|
|Chapter 3||May 28|
|Chapter 4||June 11|
|Chapter 5, Conclusion, and Endnotes||June 25|
|Wrap Up Celebration||July 9|
The Fat Freedom Group Read is a virtual experience led by me, Tiana Dodson, Body Liberation Coach.
I’m a fat, queer, biracial, parent, and certified holistic health coach who’s out to destroy the belief that you have to be skinny to be happy and healthy.
I’ve been fat my whole life. And with that, negative body image, constant dieting, and the work I’ve done to find my way into partnership with my own body as a base, I guide feminine-of-center people to reconnect with their bodies, destigmatize fatness, and learn about the harms of health being a measure of worth. I’ve been doing this work and focusing on these issues for the past several years. I’m also suffering from the same anxieties and am well practiced at finding grace and space in my own life using my resourcefulness and creativity.
In an effort to be as financially inclusive as possible, I am asking you to make your monthly investment as a payment from the heart. That means you choose your price by checking in with yourself about what you have to offer, what is sustainable for you, and what feels right in order to be in this relationship with me.
I also have needs to sustain on my end because doing this work is neither free nor easy. What that means is that I have created several different price points for you that help me continue to bring my work to the world. No tier differs from the other as far as content or access is concerned, it is simply a sliding price scale to accommodate you and your financial situation.
So, first, I want you to make the conscious choice to take part. You get to choose if this is for you by imagining yourself being supported in this way and what possibilities may come from it. And if that feels good, then come join us!
Now comes your action step. Here is where you take an honest look at your financial situation and feel into what the best, realistic monthly contribution for you is. Whatever that number is, I’m not going to judge or question it. I trust that your contribution is made in good faith and I can’t wait to welcome you into the group!
C + A
- This amount will cover my costs for systems I will use to run the group and time I spend on administration. It is partially subsidized by the top tier.
C + A + F
- This amount will cover my costs for systems I will use to run the group and time I spend on administration, as well as compensate me for group facilitation.
- This amount will cover costs, admin, and facilitation, as well as help cover my costs in relation to members paying the minimum subscription amount.
*Split payment options are available for every tier.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know this space is for me?
Basically, this is for you if anything I said above totally resonates. But to be more specific:
You know this is for you if you’re ready to get off the dieting bandwagon but are having trouble doing so, know that you need guidance to get you moving in the right direction toward body acceptance, and want to surround yourself with like-minded fat positive friends to boot.
What if I'm not fat?
Not a problem!
This space is fat-centered, which means that though my message is for any and everyone who wants to work toward body liberation for themselves and others, people in larger bodies will be given the most attention.
This doesn’t mean you will not be able to ask questions or participate.
This only means that fat people will have priority in this space because making space for the most marginalized of us makes more room for all of us.
I'm in recovery from mental health issues and/or an eating disorder. Is this space safe for me?
First, it’s important for you to know that I am not a mental health or medical professional. I endeavor to stay in my lane and refer out when I am not.
However, this space is virtual and flexible, which means that you are given the runway and trust to take care of yourself.
If you have specific questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s chat.
What kind of accessibility options are offered?
All meetings will be hosted via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. You will need internet access in order to attend the calls with your computer or mobile device.
However, if internet is not available in your area or at the time of the calls, Zoom provides both local and toll free phone numbers so that you can call in to meetings.
If you need closed captioning or screen reader support, please let me know in advance by emailing me at email@example.com.
Calls will not be recorded.
What if I can't make the calls on Fridays at 12pm Eastern? Will calls be recorded?
In order to respect the privacy of group members, calls will NOT be recorded.
Thus, if you just can’t make it for whatever reason, you will simply miss the call. You are, however, welcome to come late and leave early if that works for you.
You will, however, have access to a Discord chat server that you can dive into at any time to share your breakthroughs, thoughts, and questions, as well as if you need support.
What is your refund policy?
I deal with the question of refunds on an individual basis. If you have further questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a question that wasn't answered here. Help!
Still got questions? No problem! Send me an email at email@example.com. Let’s chat!