Katie McCrindle : Creating Safe and Brave Spaces
Today on the show, I’m so excited to have Katie McCrindle on as my guest. Katie McCrindle (she/they) is a Body Liberation Counsellor, Registered Social Worker and Fat Activist who lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario. She identifies as fat as a way of reclaiming the word and situating herself in a political identity. She believes that every body is inherently worthy, and those whose bodies are considered “larger” deserve to proudly take up space in this society which is both overtly and insidiously fat-phobic. Katie is passionate about body/fat liberation and about creating fat community, both online and off, and believes that the body holds wisdom if you can figure out how to listen. Katie loves weird dancing, being in nature, and cuddling with her cat, Luna.
Katie and I met in 2019 and began working collaboratively to form the Be Abundant workshop series, which was a size exclusive space for folks in bigger/ps/fat bodies. For us, creating that network and community was a big way for us to step into our work feeling more confident in what we had to offer in the world of body liberation.
In this episode Katie and I discuss Fat activism and the co-opting of the term “body positive”, we walk about size exclusive spaces and community creation and Body Image feelings in the “re-opening”world.
If the part of the conversation about having some difficult body image feelings as we come back together in person resonated, and you want to know more about our workshop Coping with the new new normal , make sure to sign up for my newsletter, or to follow me on Instagram. The workshop runs Wednesday Nov 24th 7-9pm est, and is available for replay, but it will be edited to not include group discussion, so come live if you can. Check out the event here
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