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You Have the Right to Remain Fat: A Conversation with Virgie Tovar and Bia...

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California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street

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Author, body image expert, and fat-fashionista, Virgie Tovar is on a mission to eradicate diet culture and to build respect for all body types. Writing at the intersections of size, identity, sexuality, and politics, Virgie sees being fat as a human rights issue.

She examines how body shame, fat phobia, and dieting are symptoms of a larger cultural problem influenced by our history of unresolved racism, misogyny, and classism. She sees fat phobia as an ideology of bigotry that positions fat people as naturally inferior and a sign of immortality.

Through her messages on fat positivity, unapologetic living, and her own phenomenal fashion sense, Virgie shows us how to assert body autonomy in a culture that doesn’t want us to.

Join educator and sexologist Bianca Laureano for a conversation with Virgie about the revolutionary action of embracing the magic of our own bodies just as they are.

Virgie Tovar is a San Francisco-based author and activist, and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, founded Babecamp, edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion, and authored the nonfiction book You Have the Right to Remain Fat. Her writing has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, NPR, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and BUST.

Bianca I Laureano, MA2, CSE is an award-winning educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist. She is a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), The LatiNegrxs Project, and hosts LatinoSexuality.com. Her most recent project is ANTE UP! a virtual freedom school for justice workers offering professional development. She has written several curricula that focus on communities of color: What’s the REAL DEAL about Love and Solidarity? (2015) and Communication MixTape: Speak On It Vol 1. (2017) and wrote the sexual and reproductive justice discussion guide for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published in 2018. Bianca has been on the board of CLAGS, the LGBTQ Center at CUNY, and The Black Girl Project. She currently resides in Oakland, CA with her core partner G and is an AASECT certified sexuality educator (and soon to be a supervisor at the end of 2018). Find out more about Bianca at her website BiancaLaureano.com.

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