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7/24/13

That Time I Went Fatty Dipping

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Within the same week I was called a fat cow while stuck in traffic and was floating around in the sun with my tits out, holding a popsicle surrounded by beautiful fat people. One of those experiences made my middle finger sore and the other one still feels like a surreal dream. Because nobody wants to hear about how many times I used the f-word, I am going to tell you about the latter. Otherwise, neither me or you will believe it happened unless I document it.

I was vaguely aware of a fatkini party that a couple of my fat positive community friends were organizing. I pretty much planned on going but when someone reminded me of it at the Hot & Heavy reading and Jelly Roll, a size positive sexy dance party, I knew for sure I better drag my ass out of bed on a Sunday. Yes, my life is blessed by Miss Piggy herself because all those amazing fat positive things also happened.

On Sunday morning, I peeked out the window only to see clouds and dreariness. A few people bailed out on the Facebook event, having no faith in our Portland summer. I got ready anyway, slipping on my anchor print bikini and teasing my hair into a prize-worthy beehive. It wasn't long before the dorky weatherman was proven correct and the bright sun finally came out. Making it prime weather for a day at Sauvie Island.

Sauvie Island is a 33 square mile island in Oregon along the Columbia River and popular for pumpkin picking and old man balls. Because, on the north end of the island is a clothing optional beach. I had never ventured out to the nudey part of the beach. Before, this Sunday anyway.

Packed up with PBR and snacks and a short drive later, I arrived at the island. After driving past all the parking permit signs in front of markets before realizing that I should stop and buy one, I parked my car in the dusty gravel and hoped I would be able to find the fatkini party. A bunch of fashionable fatties would be easy to spot, right? Blinded by the bright sun and feet burning from the unforgiving sand, I practically sat on a blanket with the wrong group of people because I spotted a fat person.

Walking a little further, a pomped and eyelined blonde cutie in a pink zebra print bathing suit waved me down. People I recognize! The shock of freshly waxed crotches only took a few minutes to wear off. The beach I was warned about as a young adult was not the nightmare that was described to me. Not everyone was in their birthday suit and it was all very relaxed and freeing. I didn't get too free right away though.

Chatting and munching on our community food blanket. Yes, hanging out with us does mean there will be food. And that isn't just because we are fat, well probably part of it. We are just nice people who know how to have a good time. Tofurky sandwiches, bean dip, pistachios, generic brand oreos, we had it all. I took a few dips into the water, with my fatkini attached and chilled out on the beach. Eventually, most of us ended up in the water at the same time. All of us laughing and squealing when seaweed brushed against our legs, the remaining clothed ones decided we would go for it. A few struggled to get their soaking wet tops off and then we were all tits out! Like the mature adults we are, we screamed at our friend on the beach to look at us while we shook what our mama gave us. I think we were all yelling 'Titty time!" or "Boobies!" and just having the time of our lives. But it got better.

As we were all enjoying being fat mermaids and celebrating our bodies and friendship, a little boat came by. Boats were going back and forth all day, but this one was different. IT SOLD ICE CREAM. IT WAS AN ICE CREAM BOAT. We waved wildly at the boat, almost forgetting that we are all still boobalicious. I don't see that there was any way that the boat didn't notice us! A few of us ran back to the beach to grab cash. Totally unashamed of our cellulite, stretch marks and erect nipples, we happily purchased our ice cream bars and popsicles and waved our precious ice cream boat goodbye.

"Is this real?", we asked each other. It felt so wonderful and right. Wading around in the river with fat naked babes while eating sweet delicious frozen treats, we took a moment to recognize how revolutionary and lovely it all was. All of us have felt like I did when being harassed and my size being used as an insult by the guy in the car earlier in the week. We all knew what it felt like to be told that our bodies were wrong or open to objectification and abuse. We have all experienced body shame and been uncomfortable in our skin. We have all hidden and covered. But at that moment, none of it mattered. We felt brave and glorious. I feel like I can do anything with this body now. I can hop around a beach naked, wear whatever I want, be art and change the world.

58 ♥ COMMENTS ♥:

thekissypearl said...

I am so glad I am not the only person besides a 19 year old boy that uses the word "tits" ! PS: I wish there was a place where I could buy ice cream topless in Wisconsin while swimming! Totally jealous.

Nessbow said...

Wait. Hang on a minute. Did you say "ice-cream boat?" If so, one of my childhood dreams has come true.
This sounds like such an awesome adventure. Thanks so much for sharing.

Elena Davies said...

That sounds bloody magical! I want to float around with my girls out eating ice cream.

Lucy-Anne Elbery said...

OMG, ICECREAM BOAT!?!?! Sounds like the best day ever! x

Elsie Vega said...

Sounds like a great experience.

iamrunning said...

woooow, i wish i had been there!

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds like so much fun!

Chelsea Oller Shellenbarger said...

That sounds awesome. The time I visited a clothing optional swimming hole was so eye opening for me, but mine didn't have an ice cream boat.

Desirea Holton said...

Ice cream boat?! Goddanmit I love Oregon.

Shelby D said...

This is wonderful! It pretty much sounds like a dream. So much so, it makes me want to go to Sauvie island! (I live in WA, so not impossible)

Christina Yinger said...

fuck yes. love this!!

whitejenna said...

Yay! Good for you....My nude beach experience had no ice cream boats but was still glorious!

Carissa Lynn said...

This is amazing. Do love!! Can't imagine anything better than an ice cream boat for a spectacular swimming party!

Queen_Cunt said...

I love this story! It's like a dream come true!

Becky Bedbug said...

This sounds likethe most amazing thing ever!

Becky
xx

Just Me Leah said...

Beautiful story! When you hang out with people similar to you it's so freeing. Last weekend was spent with 3 other fat babes hanging out in not a lot of clothes because it was so hot, and it felt so right.


P.S. I need an ice cream boat!

thirties girl said...

This is so cool. Ice cream boat, fatty dipping with great people... sounds wonderful.

JennyOH said...

That is AWESOME. I want to go fatty dipping so bad. I hope someday to have a group of friends as great as this.

Melissa Caldwell said...

I know Sauvie Island... but have never ventured to the clothing optional section... (blush) :-)

Susannah Hogan said...

That sounds amazing!! In June my husband and I were on what would have been a second honey moon if we had every had a first one, but better late than never right? Anyway, we went to a waterfall and when we got there we realized we had left our bathing suits at the van. Well, we decided to go skinny dipping (or as I will now call it forever - fatty dipping!) I have never felt so wonderful as I did then. There was really something magical about being naked in the open water. Good vibes, man!

parfae said...

Everything about this makes me giddy all the way down to my toes.

Kayla Burns said...

This sounds amazing!

Kristin Wilson said...

I loved this story! So glad you got to take part in such a wonderful event.

jennyholiday said...

Ohh my gosh! This was just so so fun to read! You rule!! Xo

nikkiana said...

That's excellent! Sounds like so much fun!

ButtahLove said...

Such a cute story! I wish i was there!

Adrienne Bleiler said...

Yay Fat Dipping! And I love that you put stretch marks on your cartoon.

Rachele said...

Yes, I love stretch marks!

Rachele said...

I wish you could all have been there!

Rachele said...

It was! I recommend it to everyone.

Rachele said...

Thank Jenny! I just had to get it down before I forgot it.

Rachele said...

Me too! We are going to try and recreate it in a couple weeks. Let's hope the ice cream boat comes around!

Rachele said...

It was!

Rachele said...

Haha, that is awesome.

Rachele said...

It does feel amazing. What a great story! I bet it was romantic as hell too.

Rachele said...

Me either before that day! It isn't as frightening as I thought it would be. I think you should take advantage of it one day!

Rachele said...

They are amazing and I definitely count myself lucky!

Rachele said...

Thanks!

Rachele said...

It is the best. And I want to hang out with you! I could totally see us drinking a bottle of wine and talking about penises or something.

Rachele said...

It was totally surreal! I still can't believe it.

Rachele said...

Exactly!

Rachele said...

I don't think I can imagine anything better. Nope.

Rachele said...

Haha, we were pretty happy and then it just got better.

Rachele said...

Thanks!

Rachele said...

You should!

Rachele said...

I know, we are so quirky :)

Rachele said...

Damn! Every beach should have one.

Rachele said...

It totally was!

Rachele said...

Me too! Everyone should experience this.

Rachele said...

Very much so.

Rachele said...

We spotted it and freaked the hell out. I don't think I have been that excited for ice cream in a long time.

Rachele said...

Yes!

Rachele said...

Yep we say tits a lot. You could probably make it happen but it might make the neighbors uncomfortable ;)

Just Me Leah said...

That sounds like the perfect evening to me!

Megan Williams said...

I have been meaning to comment on this since I read it - this is happiness and wonderfulness dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts and then dipped in caramel. I was in Ocean City, MD this past week bobbing around in the water WILLING an ice cream boat to come by. If it had, I would have wriggled out of my suit then and there (not a nude beach)!

Susannah Hogan said...

It totally was romantic as hell!

Mills said...

This story has cheered me up no end. After a recent break up I have only just started feeling strong and positive again, I still get low dips but this just made me soooo happy. I wish you could come to the UK and get people together to do the same thing - I would SO be there, wild horses wouldn't stop me! But we'd probably have to go to a swimming pool as you all know England's generally renowned for cold rainy-ness. Thank you so much for your blog, I always take a look when I'm feeling crappy and it cheers me up so much. I really must take a picture to send in as I'd LOVE a Fat Babe portrait :) As an aspiring-wannabe-glamorous-big-retro-girl myself, you are an absolute inspiration to me. Thank you :) x

Hope said...

This is amazing Rachele. It sounds like you an awesome time!

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