In this episode of Fearless Rebelle Radio, I chat with Virgie Tovar – Author, Speaker and Activist – on the roots of diet culture, the relationship between weight-loss culture and social oppressions, the role of internalized sexism as it relates to self-worth and why body positivity is a social justice issue.
In this episode, we chat about:
- How Virgie got into fat activism and feminism and how it saved her life
- The experiences and women who inspired her to write the book Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion and create Babecamp
- The history of diet culture and it’s relationship to sexuality and morality
- The relationship between weight-loss culture and social oppressions, such as sexism, racism and classism
- What the normalization of dieting behavior looks like in our society
- Dieting as a language and the symbolism of and what it means to people
- Diet culture in the workplace and how to deal with co-workers who are invested in it
- How feelings of inferiority are often at the root of our dieting and weight-focused behaviours
- The relationship between inferiority and internalized sexism
- Why dieting is addictive and difficult to abandon because of the drama and high it gives us
- Plus so much more!
Links mentioned in the show:
- Babecamp + Curvy Cupid program with Virgie Tovar and Krista Niles
- Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion by Virgie Tovar
- Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity, by Sander L. Gilman
Connect with Virgie:
Website | Babecamp | Instagram | Dear Virgie: Wear Your Voice Mag column | Take the Cake – column for Ravishly
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