Welcome back to Episode 7 of the Untamed Podcast with guest Virgie Tovar.
Virgie 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 started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching “Female Sexuality” at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host “The Virgie Show” (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is a former plus size style writer for BuzzFeed. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. She lives in San Francisco.
(photo credit: Shameless Photography www.shamelessphoto.com)
3:15 Special Announcement – WORK WITH ME! (www.lueats.com)
6:00 Virgie’s Bio
7:42 Virgie Introduces Herself and Her Work in the World
10:05 How Virgie Got Started in Fat Activism
12:20 Virgie’s Experience with Dieting and Starvation
18:10 Virgie Discovers Feminism and Other Experiences that Changed Her Body Relationship
21:52 Born Fat? And Body Size Boot Strapping
24:49 Contrived Identities and Social Constructs
25:58 Identifying Body Size Bigotry
27:35 Minority Stress Theory and Fat Discrimination
32:47 Dismantling Internalized Fatphobia, Diet Culture and Female Unhappiness
41:11 You Deserve to Live Life on Your Terms
46:45 The Relationship Between Religion, Dieting and Sex
56:20 Health Concern as Bigotry
66:00 Virgie Answers the Untamed Closing Questions
72:15 One Word UN Words
73:45 How to Learn More and Stay Connected with Virgie
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Lu Uhrich is the host and producer of the Untamed Podcast. She is also the founder of LU|EATS,LLC (www.lueats.com) where she works one-on-one with clients as an Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor and Life Coach.
Photography by Sam Interrante
Intro/Outro Music by Shoyei
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