, aka Hanne Blank, .
How did you come to fat acceptance and fat rights?
I’m fat, smart, opinionated, and politically active, and have been all these things since I was a teenager. I don’t take well to being silenced or told that my ideas don’t matter. And I’ve always thought that behaving badly toward people because of some aspect of their physical body — whether that means their skin color, their height, their use of crutches, their weight, their gender expression, the scars on their skin, their gray hair, their biological sex, whatever — is generally unjustifiable, that whole “can’t tell a book by its cover” thing. For me as a progressive feminist, opposing the whole range of physical-body-based prejudices and stigmas is all of a piece. Fatness and fat rights happen to be two of my personal issues, so it’s a topic I can speak to from the inside. But fat politics are not separate from my overall politics of inclusion and human value.