The Board of Directors of NAAFA is considering changing the organization’s name so as to make it easier to obtain corporate funding. They are soliciting input, so I urge all of you who have an opinion to let them know how you feel.
Ragen over at Dances With Fat has a pretty good essay on what the change would mean to her, plus there are lots of great comments.
My guess is that the new name will use the word “size” as a stand-in. Size rights is a valid phrase for what NAAFA is fighting for, but NAAFA’s main focus has always been on fatties, not on short-statured folks, for example. And the term “size” doesn’t just mean fatness, it means all sizes. If that’s the direction that the name changing goes, I think there will eventually be a change in emphasis as well.
The comments on Ragen’s blog post are in favor of keeping the word “fat”, and I agree that that makes the most sense if NAAFA is going to be a grass roots organization. But if it wants to go more corporate, a name change might help. NAAFA still does good things – their new Orange County chapter is quite active and it’s fun to read about their doings – but they’re a far cry from the glory days of the 1990s. Maybe a name change is good . . . or maybe the fight against a name change will reenergize their membership.