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The Fatosphere's RSS Feeds

You may have noticed that the look of BFB's front page has changed a little over the past week. We've added links to Notes from the Fatophere, Fat Liberation, and Fierce, Freethinking Fatties at the top left (just click on the little icons - right click, control-click or option-click to open them in a new window or new tab) and a live Notes from the Fatosphere feed at the bottom left, under the recent front page comments. This is because BFB is part of a large and vibrant community of feeds and blogs that share our mission.

RSS Feeds are collections of blogs that are syndicated - grouped together - so that they can be read in a continuous stream. FatFu started compiling Notes from the Fatosphere in 2007. Today, it's hosted by Bri, and it's the oldest, largest, and most popular fatosphere feed. "Notes from the Fatosphere" is what people usually mean when they say "the Fatosphere." Over the years, however, other fat acceptance feeds have been created. The two I'm familiar with (both started by BFB members, actually) are Fierce, Freethinking Fatties and Fat Liberation.

Many of the Fatosphere's best and most popular blogs: Shapely Prose, The Rotund, and the Fatshionista blog, for example, are/were written by people who wear their leftward political bent on their sleeves. However, fat acceptance also has a libertarian contingent. Over the years, people who are outspokenly religious and/or politically conservative have felt a bit out of place in the fatosphere, and they (along with her fellow libertarians) have found a home on Big Liberty's Fat Liberation Feed.

The strict "no diet talk" rule on the Fatosphere and its "deliberate weight loss is always a bad idea" corollary are not universally agreed upon in the fat acceptance movement. Atchka's and company's blog, Fierce Freethinking Fatties (also featuring BFB regular Vesta) allows a little more leeway on these issues than the rest of the Fatosphere. FFF also has an energetic, activist bent. FFF hosts a whole suite of fat acceptance feeds, and we've linked to the aggregate feed on the sidebar.

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richie79's picture
richie79
January 28th, 2011 | Link | The RSS links to the feeds

The RSS links to the feeds are very helpful, particularly as they're actually surprisingly difficult to find in a hurry with Google. My only real issue is with the 'Notes' widget - regardless of which browser I use, it seems to force all the text right down the page unless I maximise the window, which if I'm viewing BFB at work I don't necessarily want to do (put mildly, I don't think my colleagues would understand). Also it makes it difficult to view on a mobile phone (another way I tend to read BFB), and hugely increases the load time and data allowance required.

"What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right" - Albert Einstein

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DeeLeigh
January 29th, 2011 | Link | Thanks for your comments,

Thanks for your comments, Richie. We'll try to find something more compact and well behaved.

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