On September 18, Ragen will be a keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Weight Stigma Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. Checking the programme, the list of speakers is impressive. It includes at least 25 PhDs, 10 PhD and master’s candidates, and a large number of MAs, MScs, etc. Psychology and sociology are the most represented areas of study. All but a couple speakers currently hold or are pursuing advanced degrees, and most are employed in academia. Harriet Brown, journalist and author of Brave Girl Eating will also be giving a speech (for anyone who is curious, she holds a BA in English and MFA).
And then there is Ragen Chastain… Activist.
Token fat person.
Ragen’s lack of meaningful credentials becomes glaringly obvious when you stick her in a conference hall of academics. Seven years of college and nothing to show for it but a fake title she created for herself. Instead of being on an equal footing with the rest of the conference speakers, she is a professional fat blogger playing the part of the token superficially impressive fat person.
Any time you’re fat in public it’s activism.