Virgie will be joining a power mob of some of the finest names in fat activism this August 22-23 as part of the Fat Activism Conference. Register now and get access to web-based workshops and Virgie's key note, entitled #LoseHateNotWeight, Here's the description:
In 2008 I made a decision to stop hating my body when I realized that I might live my whole life wishing I had eaten that cake, gone on that date or worn that skin tight pencil skirt and crop top. When people say they want to lose weight they often mean "I want to be respected. I want to be loved. I want to be seen. I want liberation from fear and self-loathing." Weight loss culture will NEVER give us those things because it is founded on fear/hate based systems like sexism, racism, classism and ableism. Enter #LoseHateNotWeight, my philosophy on de-centering self-hate and re-centering self-love. Self hate is an ideology that we were taught so we would stay in line. Self love is a practice based in the ideas that health is holistic, self-love is infinite, and your body is yours. In this keynote you will learn exactly why weight-based notions of health and worth aren't fun, sexy or sustainable and why #LoseHateNotWeight is the hottest thing since Nutella!
You SO don't wanna miss this conference! There are two ABSURDLY amazing options for registration: a suggested $39 for unlimited access and a pay what you can option. When you register you support the work of creating space for this discussion and the activists who work hard to put an end to body shame and fatphobia. Do it, ghurl!
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.