I will be giving a talk entitled "Constructing and Performing the Fat Bitch: Irreverence as Queer Cultural Production" at the Q Center in Seattle at the University of Washington on Tuesday April 22 from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. This paper places fat icons like Miss Piggy and #bitchface selfies on Instagram in conversation with queer theorist Jose Munoz' idea of "queer cultural production" as discussed in his book Cruising Utopia: the Then and There of Queer Futurity (NYU Press 2009).
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Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.