Fat Bodies Can Do All The Things

by Sarah on February 19, 2014

I went rock climbing tonight with a friend, and I had her take pictures, but I was debating whether or not to put them up on Facebook.

I was worried that it was narcissistic or that I was just trying to make my life look super-cool or whatever. And then I also start to obsess over whether or not I was trying to prove something to someone(s).

And those are probably in there too, but I ended up posting the pictures for an entirely different reason.

Which is?

I posted them because I have a fat body, and I have never seen images of people who looked like me at the top of rock climbing walls.

So it felt quietly important if, even just to my friends, I said, “hey, look. Here’s a fat body doing this thing that society would like us to think fat bodies shouldn’t be able to do.”

Because it’s important to see positive representations of people who look like oneself. And if not in the media, at least in the social media.

And now I’m posting them on my blog.

Because I can.

fat rock climbing

Sarah Goshman rock climbing

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Ali November 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Again I like your attitude. If you want to do something, just do it and don’t care what anyone else thinks 🙂 your body will adapt to it, that’s what bodies do!


Marialena March 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

This is wonderful and so are you. You look so happy on that wall. Thank you for sharing!


Noga February 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm

looks like a fun thing to do! (we have a climbing wall right where I live, but I never dared to climb it…)


Erin February 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

You are fabulous. Love it.


Kate February 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Yay this & yay you!!

(Also, we should go rock-climbing! I’ve only tried it a couple times, but it is fun!)


Paulita February 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

this is so great! YES!


Havi Brooks February 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Love love love heart heart heart yes yes yes


Karen J February 20, 2014 at 9:05 am

yeahYeah Yeah – “Be the Change…”

🙂 🙂 🙂


Jay Piltser February 20, 2014 at 12:12 am

This is awesome!

I am a climber and have a very similar body shape. It causes a lot of trouble for my self esteem and identity as an active healthy person to also not look like all the other active people that I see.

Thank you for posting this.


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