Fat Liberation Manifesto

Fat Liberation Manifesto

Creator: Judy Freespirit, Aldebaran, The Fat Underground

Year: 1973

Links: [June Mazer Lesbian Archives] [Fat Underground Video]

Via June Mazer Lesbian Archives: “The Fat Liberation Manifesto expressed the demands of the first feminist Fat Liberation organization, the Fat Underground. Formed in 1973 by radical therapists Judy Freespirit and
Sara Golda Bracha Fishman, it took a revolutionary stance against the harmful practices of the diet industry and medical professionals. They linked their struggle to be treated with dignity to the struggles of oppressed people around the world. As Freespirit wrote, “In the beginning, people giggled when we talked about Fat Liberation. Now . . . there are hundreds of thousands of fat activists and allies all over the world.”

Judy Freespirit grew up in a working class Jewish family in Detroit and survived sexual abuse from her father. At the age of five, her Mother began to pressure her to diet. She survived by becoming an activist, writer, and dancer. In the 1970s, she joined the women’s liberation movement and came out as a lesbian. This item is from her papers at the Mazer.”

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