I was invited to speak at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia last week. I was admittedly a little nervous about how Appalachia would receive my cheetah-print wearing California girl ways.
Verdict: LOVED Virginia. Everything from the "catfish matrimony" at Hollywood's (comprised of fried catfish, shrimp, and andouille sausage in a spicy cream sauce) to the $1 sale at Rescue Mission Thrift Store.
My talk, entitled "The Fierce Fat Girl's Guide to Revolutionary Politics, Fashion & Love," offered answers to questions like: Is peplum suitable for a queer, anti-racist dance party? (Answer: yes) And: How does one deconstruct fatphobia while on a date? (See below) I was interested in placing queer theorists like Jose Munoz in dialogue with critical race theorists like bell hooks to talk about things like plus-size fashion and fat-positive dating.
I'll be offering highlights of the lecture in a blog coming up this week.
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.