Fat Chat

Monday, March 1, 2021
5:30pm - 7pm
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Hey! We need to talk!

It’s time to have a candid and open conversation about how fatphobia and body shaming impact us. In an age of body positivity we still can’t seem to shake negative stereotypes and harmful microaggressions.

Join us at Fat Chat, where we have a discussion with Samantha Nock, Athena Affan and Caleb Luna, breaking down the narrative of body positivity and inviting folks to join us in fat acceptance. Moderated by jaye simpson.

Speaker Bios:

Athena is a fat, bi, Afro-Caribbean woman, living and working with gratitude on the unceded and stolen lands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. For over a decade she has worked in non-profit agencies supporting women survivors of violence and trauma in her community. She is a guiding collective member of Fat Panic!: an alliance of people of all sizes who are committed to working towards a society in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body, for any reason. She loves science fiction and is a dog-owner, a student, a partner, and a parent of two young children.

Samantha is an apihtaw’kos’an poet, writer, and beadwork artist from Treaty 8 territory in Northeast British Columbia, the traditional lands of the Dunne-zaa, Cree, and Saulteaux peoples. Her family is originally from Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak) in Northern Saskatchewan, Treaty 10 territory. At present, Samantha is an uninvited visitor on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. You can follow Samantha on Twitter (@sammymarie) and on Instagram (@2broke4bingo).

Caleb Luna is a fat queer (of color) critical theorist, artist, and performance scholar. As a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, their research focuses on the intersections of race, sexuality and size within the ongoing settler colonization of North America. As an activist political thinker, they are interested in engaging embodied difference as a generative resource toward fatter understandings of collective freedom. Writings & updates can be found online at caleb-luna.com

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