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Revised membership text

I've recently rewritten the text that appears when people apply for BFB membership, and since it's only visible to them, I'm reprinting it here to let people know about it, and for discussion.

This piece, I suppose, serves as our membership standard. It used to be a couple of breezy paragraphs that focused on not dieting. Now, it talks a little more on what we do and who we'd like to have as members, and I guess it's a bit more serious as well.

My vision of what BFB could be (and already is) is this: an international community of people who are in favor of fat acceptance, including some people professionally involved in social justice, health, and sociology, that is tolerant of differing politics and points of view (but still debates them!) and that offers information on and critiques of fatness in the media, and occasionally of academic and scientific work as well.

BFB is an all volunteer operation that does not do advertising, so it's a community of equals; members and administrators all contribute. Hopefully members will continue to have informative and insightful pieces to add to the front page. It would be wonderful if qualified people would occasionally contribute critiques of the "all fatties are doomed!!!!!!" medical studies that are always appearing in the news, too.

Also, I know that there are many people out there who might occasionally feel inspired to write an interesting blog post on fat acceptance and who would like it to appear on the fatophere, but who don't have the time or inclination to maintain an active blog that focuses on the topic. (I was this person for years!) If this describes you, then by all means join BFB and contribute a front page post occasionally.

Oh - and I also want to thank the regulars who through their dedication, intelligence, and insight have kept BFB going through slow times and troll attacks.

Okay.. on to the text.

...and now that you've made it through the hard stuff, a little bit of explanation.

What BFB is
Big Fat Blog (BFB) is a site devoted to fat acceptance. We publicize and comment on issues that affect social justice for fat people:

  • Media trends and reporting;
  • Medical research;
  • Societal issues;
  • Stereotypes;
  • Body size in history and anthropology;
  • Fat people's experiences in the world, both positive and negative;
  • Social justice and fat activism.

BFB also has forums that are only accessible to members.
Whether you're just getting into fat acceptance or are a seasoned activist, a HAES-friendly professional, or an ally, we welcome your participation. We welcome people of all backgrounds, orientations, abilities, political persuasions, etc.

What Fat Acceptance is
Fat acceptance has two parts: the political and the personal. Politically, we seek to expose and oppose prejudice and discrimination against fat people. Personally, we accept our bodies and reject the idea that weigh loss is a positive goal. We address health and fitness directly, not by using weight as a proxy for health.
Some of us exercise regularly and pay attention to nutrition. That's called Health at Every Size, or HAES, and it often has a bit of weight loss as a side effect. We do not think that deliberate weight change is safe or effective for most people.

What BFB Isn't
BFB isn't a dating site. We don't care if you're attracted to fat people or not. If you need medical, legal, or psychological advice, BFB can't provide it. BFB isn't an open forum; it's for people of a specific ideological persuasion. We enjoy a good debate, but we are not interested in debating whether the basic tenets of fat acceptance are valid nor whether fat people who are self accepting have a right to exist.
Most BFB members are former dieters, weight loss pill-takers and/or weight loss surgery survivors. BFB is not a place for diet talk. When we do discuss deliberate weight loss, it's generally to provide a counterpoint to the common assumption that weight loss and weight loss methods are always beneficial or harmless.

Grey Areas
If you are in favor of fat acceptance but don't practice it in your own life, then we ask you not to discuss your weight loss attempts on BFB. As always, weight loss evangelists will be unceremoniously booted.
If you're not a fat acceptance person but want to write a guest post espousing a point of view or introducing an idea that might be interesting for us to discuss, then by all means, send it to the administrators via the contact form and we'll consider publishing it. No guarantees.

You should take a moment to read our Community Guidelines as these guidelines are enforced! Also, please read our Privacy Policy to learn what information we keep on record.
You must be at least 18 years of age to register. Your application will not necessarily be accepted. Thanks to our pet trolls, our membership coordinator is grumpy and occasionally paranoid, and turns down applicants who fail to convince her that they'd make good additions to BFB.

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CarrieP's picture
January 22nd, 2011 | Link | This is right on the money.

This is right on the money. Great job Dee!!

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