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Read and Reflect Through a Body Liberation Lens

What’s a Fat Freedom Group Read?

Well, it’s a Book Club done differently! But, to be more specific…

A Fat Freedom Group Read is simply a community to read and reflect on books through the lens of body liberation.

Most book clubs are set up where the idea is to “read this whole book this month and then meet us for one hour to talk about the entire thing.”

There’s no company to keep you focused on the reading along the way. There’s no help to really process through what you’ve read. And there’s no way you’ll be able to get deep into the text, the experience, or the learning in a single meeting!

Plus, if life did its thing and got in the way of your reading, you’re left with the feeling that there’s no reason for you to even join the club for the discussion at the end.

Photo of an inquisitive fat reader

What we do instead:

A Fat Freedom Group Read is organized so that finishing the reading isn’t the only goal of joining us.

  • We go slow with an easy-to-stick-with schedule that allows space for fitting the reading in while living your life.
  • We make space for processing with periodic live group calls where we discuss what we’ve read in community.
  • We have reflection prompts to help you dig deeper into what you’ve read and how it applies to you and your life.
  • And, for all the “aha!” moments and “this made me feel something and I need to share” excitement, we’ve got an accompanying online community space for connection and sharing in between the calls.

How does it work?

Liberatory work IS NOT Solitary work

What can you expect from the space?

Fat Freedom Group Reads tend to attract groups of people that are called to read these texts that can be really difficult to get through alone. They are folks who are interested in destigmatizing fatness, looking for community, and wanting to learn (and unlearn) from these books while being able to discuss them with other people doing the same.

The folks who come through the door are at different points in their own journey toward body liberation. This means that sometimes people could use words or ask questions that can feel harmful or hurtful, make negative judgments of themselves or others, or not understand how cultural conditioning or bias can show up.

Group Readers are folks who are interested in destigmatizing fatness, looking for community, and wanting to learn (and unlearn) oppressive social conditioning.

Thus, I facilitate the space as a place of learning and am there to help guide the discussion in a liberatory direction. I am committed to holding space for exploration, critique, and analysis, but will not tolerate blatant harm or disrespect.

In turn, I expect that every person who decides to enter the space is prepared to take care of themselves best they can, ask for what they need, and work toward being kind so that we can all have the most productive conversation possible.

However, if you are someone who needs more individualized support, then this space may not be for you. I trust you to make the best decision for yourself. You can check out the FAQs for more information.

The text for this Group Read is “Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto” by Tricia Hersey, the Nap Bishop

Is this book about fatness?

Not exactly… but it’s a feature, not a bug. When I choose texts to include in the Fat Freedom Group Read, I look for ones that have the potential to make wide cultural impacts. 

Even though a book doesn’t expressly discuss fatness, fat experience, nor have a fat politic whatsoever (and may actually run counter to fat politics altogether), it’s still a useful text to read because fat people are not a monolith.

Fat people are not a monolith and no fat person is ONLY fat.

Additionally, fat liberation is a movement that intersects with other movements for liberation. No fat person is ONLY fat. That’s why it’s important to explore texts not only about the fat experience but also around experiences that fat people have living in the world due to their other identities.

The Reading and Live Call Schedule

We kick off our Group Read officially on Monday, January 29, 2024.

You will have 2 weeks to read each section, receiving questions to help you digest the reading midway, 24/7 access to our online community space, and capped off with a biweekly live call on Saturdays at 12pm Eastern Time for 90 minutes.

The schedule looks like this:

 

Text to Read
Live Call Date
Preface and Introduction
February 10
Part 1
February 24
Part 2
March 9
Part 3
March 23
Part 4
April 6
Wrap Up Celebration
April 20

Your Facilitators

The Fat Freedom Group Read is a virtual experience led by me, Tiana Dodson, Body Liberation Facilitator. 

I’m a fat, queer, biracial (Black and Chamorro), 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 experience, 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 as someone suffering these same anxieties and access limitations. This is what makes me well practiced at finding grace and space in my own life using my resourcefulness and creativity. Let’s work together to find that for you.

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This Group Read will be co-facilitated by Greta Lax, Coach, Consultant, Facilitator, DEI and Intercultural Development. 

Greta Lax (she/her) is a white, cisgender, neurodivergent woman with disabilities. Professionally, she is a coach, consultant and facilitator, focused on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through intercultural development. 

She brings a unique mix of training and experience in corporate, education, and research spanning multiple industries and disciplines, with an educational foundation in industrial-organizational psychology, and a lens deeply informed by more than a decade working for and alongside historically marginalized communities.

Greta helps clients awaken their unique lens on the world, better understand how our lenses can differ and impact our thoughts and behaviors, and build a mindset and foundation of knowledge and skills so they can be more effective learners and leaders supporting the work of DEI strategy, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and liberation.

You can read more about Greta on her website, or follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Your Investment

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 tiered pricing 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!

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:

Fat Freedom is for every body.

This means that if you are a person with a body, Fat Freedom is for you. It doesn’t matter if that body is fat, thin, or in between, fat phobia and weight stigma negatively affects us all.

Thus, this is for you because you want to unlearn the conditioning that keeps you from living your best fat life in the body you have today.

Also, you’re someone who is prepared to take care of youself best you can, ask for what you need, and work toward being kind.

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.

Will there be affinity groups for people with marginalized identities?

As a multiply marginalized person, I understand the desire and need for affinity groups. We will review this possibility once we know how many folks show up and what their needs are.

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 tiana@tianadodson.com. 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.

You will NOT be required to speak, share video, look at the screen during the call, or apologize for doing/not doing any of these things. I encourage you to show up in ways that are most comfortable to you.

Calls will have live captions that are auto-generated.

If you need other support not mentioned here, please let me know in advance by emailing me at tiana@tianadodson.com or by including that information in the space available on the check out page.

Calls will not be recorded.

What if I can't make the calls on Saturdays 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 an online community space that you can dive into at any time to share your breakthroughs, thoughts, questions, and reach out if you need support. Additionally, reflection prompts for each Reading Section will be available there as well.

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 tiana@tianadodson.com.

I have a question that wasn't answered here. Help!

Still got questions? No problem! Send me an email at tiana@tianadodson.com. Let’s chat!