Virgie Tovar returns for our 100th episode! The inimitable fat-acceptance activist shares what she's been up to in the 2 years since she first appeared on Food Psych (episode #45), why you can't be body-positive and actively pursue weight loss at the same time, how the history of the body-positive movement left it open for misinterpretation, why fat acceptance and body liberation are better terms for what we really want than body positivity, how people with thin privilege can help the movement for fat liberation (and how that helps *everyone*), how her relationship with sex has changed as a result of some big changes in her life, why "The American Dream" can be so oppressive and why stepping out of it has been so liberating for her, and lots more!
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist, and 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 designed to help those who are ready to break up with diet culture, and she started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. Find her online at VirgieTovar.com.
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- Virgie’s latest projects, including Babecamp, her online course that helps women break up with diet culture
Embracing body jiggle
Looking at diet culture and fatphobia through the lens of feminism
The problem with the shift of fat liberation and fat acceptance to mainstream body positivity
How the origin of the body image conversation lies in feminist and queer politics
The issues with “choice feminism”
How to have compassion for those pursuing weight loss while also calling bullshit
Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery
The importance of believing and listening to fat people about their experiences of oppression
The fear of letting go of the thin ideal, diet culture, and the diet mentality
How to find our own authentic happiness in spite of cultural ideals
Intuitive eating and liberating our relationship with food
The formula for healing
The path from intellectualism to embodiment
Sexual exploration and liberation
How to honor your genuine desires instead of merely following a narrative
Trauma and sexual pleasure
Creating space for transformation
Self-compassion and acceptance as the keys to healing
Some of the links below are affiliate links. Affiliates or not, we only recommend products and services that align with our values.
- Virgie’s column at Wear Your Voice Magazine
We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler
Fellow body image coach Isabel Foxen Duke
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Lindy West’s Food Psych episode
The Talkspace therapy app
Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley
- Flyover Fashion Fest
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