The user registration system has been broken since May, 2011. Since this problem still hasn't been fixed, it's currently not possible to register as a new member.
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;
- 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 weight 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 weight loss dieters, weight loss pill-takers and/or weight loss surgery survivors. BFB is not a place for the discussion of weight loss dieting ("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.
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 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.
Please confirm somewhere in your application that you're in favor of size acceptance. Generic applications are assumed to be marketing bots (computer programs that pretend to be people in order to post marketing materials in private forums) and are rejected. You don't have to write a 500 word essay, but a few full sentences would be nice.
Joining BFB makes you a commentator and gives you access to the forums. If you just want to learn more about fat acceptance, then you can read our front page posts and the many fine blogs on the Fatophere feeds that we link to on the top left. There's a lot of publicly available content available on fat acceptance and HAES, including archives of Shapely Prose and Junkfood Science, two excellent blogs that are no longer active. I'd also strongly recommend The Fat Nutritionist, The Rotund, Two Whole Cakes, Red No. 3, Live Once, Juicy, Dances with Fat, and Not Blue at All.