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Fat Activist, Virgie and editor of  Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012), Virgie Tovar  is one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. Her important writings address the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics and have been featured on pivotal mainstream media outlets including: The New York Times, Huffington Post, MTV, Yahoo Health, and The San Francisco Chronicle . Currently, Tovar is hosting the 2015 Sister Spit tour from March 31 – April 15, with stops in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Humboldt, Portland, San Diego, Oakland and more – updates can be checked at the RADAR Productions website This organization was created in 2003 by writer Michelle Tea to “give voice to innovative writers and artists whose work authentically reflect’s the queer community’s diverse experience”.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 9.37.14 PMBeyond knowing that such a fat shaming societal structure exists, it is important to examine the roots of the current fat phobia epidemic. When discussing this topic, Virgie posits: “People who hate fat people are the same people who hate women, hate people of color, hate gay people. 

“Fat” is just the current catchall word for all the things that we as a culture are afraid of: women’s rights, people refusing to acquiesce to cultural pressures of conformity, fear of mortality. They see body love as a move toward people taking charge of their lives and choosing what they want to do, no matter what the culture says… People have invested a lot of time and a lot of resources into this game that says “thin wins.” So when people see exceptions to that rule, they feel personally invalidated, personally stolen from, personally affronted.” -via Yahoo Health

Virgie importantly and powerfully asserts a sentiment during this interview that provides an integral ending note to leave our insightful readers to consider: “The [national] war on obesity has pretty much given a “fat police” deputy badge to every American.”  It is time, dear readers, to burn your badges, re-claim/own your body, and wear your voices proudly every day just as this inspiring revolutionary has chosen to do for herself and the world at large!

 

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Being raised in New England, the west coast has always felt like a breath of progressive, laid-back, open-minded, fashion-forward air to my free-spirited soul, which is what drew me to California. Escaping the more cookie-cutter traditional white picket fence life, has led me on an adventurous journey toward self-love and acceptance, and ultimately body positivity! I am in Oakland, because I moved to the Bay Area for graduate school to become a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and after exploring different city options, I discovered that the eclectic, unique, and honest vibe of Oakland resonated with my funky spirit and style! My role in WYV as Senior Columnist is producing weekly articles on Body Positive Fashion, Fat Acceptance, and many of my other passions such as social justice, childcare, and chronic illness advocacy. Of course I'm constantly being inspired by my very diverse (fashionably and otherwise) Oakland peers, local business owners, and fat/body positive activists! Come follow my photographic adventures on my instagram: @somewhere_under_the_rainbow

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