“Does it get any easier? Or does it just get harder the more vocal you get?”

A faded photo of three fat feminine people in dresses at a tea party table. They look like they're disagreeing or annoyed. Text on top says, "Ask Lindley: The group I run is fatphobic and I don't know how to fix it!"

Reader M. asks,

“Does it get any easier? Or does it just get harder the more vocal you get? I had a situation in which my admin team of my local athletic group, all thin or smallfat women with the exception of me, did not back me up when I called out some inspiration porn with a picture of a fat woman attached (her face not showing, of course).

I got my hand slapped and told “I’ve had people tell me that they’re put off by your ‘bigger advocacy.’ Be mindful to not put off others who see differently.”

So, does it get easier, or is it just getting knocked down again and again?”

Read my answer to M.:

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Hi there! I'm Lindley. I create artwork that celebrates the unique beauty of bodies that fall outside conventional "beauty" standards at Body Liberation Photography. I'm also the creator of Body Liberation Stock and the Body Love Shop, a curated central resource for body-friendly artwork and products. Find all my work here at bodyliberationphotos.com.