"Fat Activist" Speaks at Public Health School, Denounces "Thin Privilege"

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Barb May

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May 11, 2016, 9:18:46 AM5/11/16
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By Emily Zanotti

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health was a lot less
healthy this week.

In celebration of “International No Diet Day,” the school of public
health, together with the University of Minnesota’s School of Social
Work and its College of Food and Agriculture, invited Virgie Tovar,
a self-proclaimed “fat activist,” to instruct America’s future
nutritionists, dietitians and social workers on the finer points of
“fat oppression.”

Tovar’s talk, entitled “Dispelling Myths: Fat, Fatphobia, and
Challenging Social Stereotypes,” was designed to help students
understand that “fat phobia” is rampant in a “white, heteronormative
society” that is looking to actively oppress people with larger body
types. Society’s bias against fat people is, apparently, a form of
bigotry and discrimination, evident in everything from sexual
preferences to the size of seats on public transportation.

She even, reportedly, compared society’s anti-fat culture to so-called
“rape culture,” and chastised society for its obsession with what she
termed “thin privilege.”

According to Tovar, the students, who study public health (at one of
the top 10 schools for public health), shouldn’t push people they
deem overweight to shed pounds, even if it’s better overall for
health. “Weight loss is not a realistic goal for most people,” she
said, declaring that exercise and diet are “social constructs.” She
implored her audience to “lose hate, not weight” and rebel against
“diet culture.” (Diets are, of course, just a tool of the hetero-
normative Patriarchy.)

She did not specify how “losing hate” would have the same impact on,
say, your chances of dying of heart disease, but we assume she was
not referring to any scientific understanding of human anatomy or
disease.

No surprise, Tovar, who lists her occupation as “fat activist,” has a
Masters in Human Sexuality—with a focus on the “intersection of body
size, race and gender”—and taught at the University of California, at
Berkeley, where that is considered an actual academic field of study. Her expertise is wide-ranging.


.@virgietovar helps us navigate individuation in our relationships #DearVirgie https://t.co/KgAQzXxdU4 pic.twitter.com/F2VHhBYrHH

— WEARYOURVOICEMAG (@WearYourVoice) May 3, 2016




Is There Room for Women of Color in the Fat Movement? via @virgietovar https://t.co/YuwQb8Fi1n

— Cat Pausé (@FOMNZ) May 7, 2016




#TakeTheCake: Saint Mary Of The Chocolates https://t.co/gjPAPRmZZM @virgietovar. #Fatphobia #Eating pic.twitter.com/5dJrLEUsyM

— Ravishly (@ravishlydotcom) April 24, 2016


If you feel as though you’ve missed out on her speech at UMinn, for a
cool $100 you can take her four-week interactive course, called
“BabeCamp,” which will teach you how diet culture is ruining your
life. It’s not a real camp, though—it’s four interactive webinars and
a daily action email—but you do get a certificate at the end. No need
to get off the couch.

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Barb

Rudy Canoza

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May 12, 2016, 12:37:58 AM5/12/16
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On 5/10/2016 8:35 PM, Barb May wrote:
> [bullshit]

I thought you were on the dead leftists list?

So, you're a fatty, eh? Never quite tied you to that in the past.

Kerry Hass

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Dec 4, 2016, 4:30:04 PM12/4/16
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In article <n0060o$h2d$1...@news.albasani.net>
Berkeley...land of weirdos and democrats.

The Infamous Lady Veteran

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Dec 10, 2016, 9:38:56 PM12/10/16
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The agent of change will overrun the sticks in the mud.

LV

--

"Rode a tank, held a General's Rank
When the Blitzkrieg raged and the
bodies stank."

-------------The Rolling Stones
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McCray, Alban

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Dec 12, 2016, 1:52:14 AM12/12/16
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On 10 Dec 2016, The Infamous Lady Veteran <arm...@bigfoot.com> posted
some news:t0fp4clhrll01ansb...@4ax.com:
Yep. Trump already has them leaping from buildings and bridges. A
couple stroks of his pen and the tissue paper government of Barack Obama
will be ashes blowing in the wind.

The Infamous Lady Veteran

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Dec 12, 2016, 7:18:17 PM12/12/16
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He may try but he may be tried for treason before he gets the chance.
You do not conspire with another country to fix an election and walk
free.

LV

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"I rode a tank, held a General's Rank
When the Blitzkrieg raged and the
bodies stank."
---The Rolling Stones
-------------------------------------

Screw the trumpets and their orange
fuehrer! A trumpet is an in animate
object that only makes noise when it
is blown and its buttons are pressed.
Otherwise it is totally useless.

McCray, Alban

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Dec 13, 2016, 3:11:12 AM12/13/16
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On 12 Dec 2016, The Infamous Lady Veteran <arm...@bigfoot.com> posted
some news:lgfu4cho435k7mkhr...@4ax.com:
Oh? What's your evidence? An unfounded rumor from the CIA? A rogue
intelligence agency that doesn't operate on facts, only suppositions?
An agency who spies on American citizens and lies about it?

> You do not conspire with another country to fix an election and walk
> free.

Explain how a mechanical device with no network capabilities can be
hacked.

If you buy that loser lefty bullcrap, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'll
sell you cheap.

Weasel

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Dec 14, 2016, 6:41:25 PM12/14/16
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In article <lgfu4cho435k7mkhr...@4ax.com>
Treason for what? Kicking that liar Hillary Clinton's ass in a
public election where all states stand behind their results?

What's your evidence? A bunch of Democrat losers flapping their
beaks and some vindictive media speculation?

You got nothing, fatty.

The Infamous Lady Veteran

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Dec 15, 2016, 10:40:16 PM12/15/16
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On Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:37:17 +0100 (CET), "Weasel" <wea...@nanaimo.ca>
wrote:
I have Putin Meddling. I have refusal to show tax return. I have non
divestiture of his businesses into a blind trust. I have broken
promises to all the idiots who put him in office..

You got nothing, shithead.
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