All Bodies on Bikes: Virtual Screening and Q&A
Thursday, May 20 — Virtual Lunch 'n!
All Bodies on Bikes is a film about body size, weight, inclusion, and the experience of two fat riders. A film from Shimano (a bike-part manufacturer, and leading bicycle brand): "Filmed in the summer of 2020 using COVID-19 safety precautions, All Bodies on Bikes dives headfirst into hard conversations about society’s obsession with weight, growing up fat, and issues of disordered eating. It also explores how the bicycle community can bring people together to support one another. "
We're super excited to be hosting a Q&A with documentary film stars Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky. Joning the pair are:
- Zeppelin Zeerip - Director,
- Nick Legan - Road Brand Manager from Shimano.
Tickets are free, and you help us by registering. The film will be shown promptly at 12:00 pm, (or you can watch it on your own now), and the Q&A session will start at 12:15 pm. Join us for a fun lunch diversion, then get out and ride!
Thursday, May 20: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Screening and Virtual Q&A via Zoom
Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky are bike riders on a mission - a mission to change the perception of who rides bikes. All Bodies on Bikes, a Shimano Originals film, follows Kailey and Marley on a two-day bikepacking trip along the Corvallis to Coast Trail, a 65-mile route through the gorgeous Oregon Coast Range. The pair, who both self-identify as fat, bond over their love of bicycle adventure and their shared desire to build a more welcoming and diverse cycling community.
Marley Blonsky & Kailey Kornhauser, featured in the Shimano film All Bodies on Bikes, self-identify as fat cyclists. To help facilitate discussion around the film, they assembled this guide and included resources for further exploration. Read on for a introduction to the material: (Courtesy of Marly Blonsky)
Glossary (of words to both use and not use)
Fat - Marley & Kailey both identify as fat women and intentionally use this language to describe themselves. Words only have the power we give them. As Kailey says in the film, the word fat has been used for a long time to mean “ugly, lazy, stupid, not worthy of love” and it is our goal to reclaim this word as a neutral descriptor of our bodies, similar to how we use “blonde”, “short” or “tall” as descriptive words. Fatness is simply one aspect of our bodies and deserves to be described as that - simple and unimportant.
We also intentionally do not use any of the common euphemisms for fat - curvy, overweight, fluffy, thick, voluptuous, big-boned, etc. and ask that you don’t either.
Fat Spectrum - As with many things in life, identity exists along a continuum and is not a binary. Within the fat world there exists a fat spectrum, which we first heard articulated on the “Fat Lip Podcast.” We find thinking about fatness and our identities within this framework to be helpful, as it recognizes relative levels of privilege, even within a marginalized community.
Marley and Kailey both identify as small to mid-fats and recognize the privilege that comes along with that designation, including the ability to ride a standard bicycle and fit into standard clothing sizes.
PLEASE DON’T USE:
Obese/Obesity - The word “obese” comes from the latin word obesus, which literally means “having eaten oneself fat,” which inherently blames fat people for their bodies. We kindly request that you do not use these words. These are medical terms that have been used to pathologize fat people and do not serve a purpose in this dialogue.
Overweight - Similar to the previous words, we ask that overweight not be used. It implies that there is an ideal weight and that one can either be over or under, and we would prefer to use neutral language.
Discussions around weight, body type, and body size can be emotionally fraught and sensitive topics for many people. We recommend establishing ground rules at the beginning of conversations and encourage the group to keep themselves accountable.
We kindly suggest the following:
Fat is not a bad word.
No diet talk, either of your own or others.
Be aware of the spectrum of sizes and shapes the human body comes in and recognize that you may live with size privilege.
No body shaming.
Beware of coded language or phrases. Some examples of this are
Calling someone brave for wearing a swimsuit or outfit
Congratulating someone on losing weight
Assuming a person is a beginner because of their body size
Sharing words of encouragement only to people in larger bodies
Celebrate your body for what it can do, not what it can’t.