Dangerous Compassions

my body is a very smart lady

my body

Crazy fat liberation is important to me.  I want to live in a world where I’m respected unconditionally.  My body is a very smart lady.  But it shouldn’t need to be smart or pretty or healthy or anything in particular, to be respected.

You could understand me or not understand me–doesn’t matter.  You could totally miss the miracle: my brilliance, kindness, rich experiences, complexity, language skill, cooking skill, permaculture magic, zine prowess.  My voice, beauty, ancestors, homeland, family, service!  Everything!  Wouldn’t matter–respecting me would be contingent on none of that.

Reality is complex, and it takes more effort to understand nuance, but it’s worth it.

I was interviewed about the intersection of fat liberation and radical mental health, and the interview was published two days ago.  The interviewer is brilliant and curious.

That org is MadFreedom, who I didn’t know about.  They do radical mental health, but the side of advocacy for psychiatric survivors, laws, politics.  While the Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective is mostly for emotional support.

Here is the link to the interview.  Please read, if you get the chance.


I made this art, a triptych, which is a form I love.  Three arts speak to one another, and comprise one over-arching art at the same time. They can go on altars, so maybe if you want to worship the goddess of taking away car keys.

This piece “my body is a very smart lady” is about addiction, family, Mother God, love, bodily knowledge and healing, somatic work, radical mental health, self-respect, and how pretty green and pink look together.
my body is a very smart lady

Thank you for seeing my art and helping me have a good life.  I can do everything I need to do, including make the art I need to make.

By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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