The other day I got the following request from a lurker named Meredith:
I am taking a sociology class this summer that is looking at personal narratives, and our final project is to interview someone about a topic we would like to do some research about, and I would very much like to interview someone about how they got involved in fat activism. It would only be a 15-20 minute interview, and the interviewee’s identity would be kept confidential. I think that the fat acceptance movement is a social movement of real significance, and I am hoping that doing this paper could lead to further work in grad school.I was hoping that one of you might be willing to post a brief message asking if there are any people in the Boston area willing to speak with me briefly in the near future. You can include my email address as contact information.
It’s always a little weird to get a request like this from a random person — one doesn’t know what to do about it, since you don’t know whether they truly mean well (see: everyone’s understandable paranoia about the magazine’s request for BMI photos. Meredith was fully aware of and apologetic for this in her email). But, as it turns out, Meredith isn’t a random person; she’s a student working with frequent Shakesville and Pandagon commenter (and God of Biscuits) MAJeff. I still can’t vouch for Meredith personally, but I highly doubt that Jeff would be steering her wrong. (And she seems very nice.)
If you live in the Boston area and are willing to meet for a short interview, you can email Meredith at merramac at gmail dot com. If you’re dying to help out with her project and don’t live in Boston, you might as well shoot her an email too — maybe a phone interview would be of use.