Marquisele Mercedes

is creating cultural criticism and odes to fatness in an anti-fat world.

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About Marquisele Mercedes

Hello! I’m Marquisele Mercedes (she/her) and this is Fattening, a space for those who are interested in learning about anti-fatness in culture and the sciences. I go by Mikey and I'm a writer, educator, and doctoral student from the Bronx. I’m currently based in Rhode Island while I complete my PhD in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences from Brown University’s School of Public Health. 

I started writing online because I wanted to encourage a critical conversation about anti-fatness in the sciences, but was unable to overcome roadblocks that boiled down to “this is not important” and “you don’t have the clout needed to talk about this”. I initially found a home at Medium.com, where I was a frequently featured and curated writer. After my 2020 article “The Unbearable Whiteness and Fatphobia of “Anti-Diet” Dietitians” went viral, I started to realize that there was space for me to push for real change in how we talk and think about fatness and health as long as I was ready to make that space for myself. Now, I write frequently about fat politics and race/ism in the sciences and culture, often with a particular emphasis on the public health space. My work is heavily influenced by fat liberation activism and my experiences as a fat woman of color in the academy and backed by scientific evidence and critical analysis. 

This Patreon—a space I like to call Fattening—is an important step in carving out space for myself amidst the fatphobic noise, as well as making space for others to learn and challenge their internalized biases. This is strictly a space for real talk and the learning and growing that comes with that.

On this page, I:
  • Share essays that blend my personal experiences, research, and analyses of societal anti-fatness (often in public health) 
  • Post miniature slide deck lessons on the nature of fat stigma in various domains 
  • Elevate readings and media that I find particularly conducive to my (and hopefully your!) writing
  • And connect with supporters of my work!

I hope you’ll decide to join me!

-Mikey 

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