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.