In May, Team Oasis had the pleasure of meeting Lindsey Averill, feminist activist, scholar, and filmmaker. Averill, a PhD candidate at Florida Atlantic University, is currently working on her first documentary. Fattitude explores representations of overweight people in popular culture, which often include unflattering stereotypes, discrimination, and ridicule. Through interviews with scholars and activists, Fattitude reveals to viewers that every body is worthy of love, pleasure, and acceptance.
Ms. Averill shared the Fattitude trailer, as well as unreleased clips. After viewing, we spoke passionately about the objectification of women’s bodies, the false correlation between thinness and health, and even fatkinis. It was evident to all in attendance that cultural perceptions of body image need to be examined and discussed openly, regardless of the reactions of others.
Fattitude is an ambitious project currently in its post-production stages. Fundraising efforts have already generated over $44,000; however, costs have proven to be higher than anticipated. Here is what we ask of you:
- View the trailer at: http://www.fattitudethemovie.com/
- Help spread the word! Discuss Fattitude with friends, family, and co-workers.
- Follow Fattitude on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- If you feel compelled to give, make a tax-deductible donation.
Just this past weekend, body shaming made national news. We cannot wait for Fattitude to change minds and hearts. What are your thoughts?