We are excited to have Virgie Tovar on the pod today! Virgie is the author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat. She is one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image, and the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women break up with diet culture. She holds a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. In 2012 Tovar edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, published by Seal Press. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign.
Tovar was the recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism in 2018. She pens a weekly column called Take the Cake and is a contributor for Forbes.com. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco.
In this episode, we’ll talk about:
- Virgie’s experiences with fatphobia
- Virgie’s road to radical self acceptance
- Intersections between diet culture and sexism, race, and classism
- How fat people can advocate for themselves in medical settings
- & MORE!
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