Virgie Tovar

Why Is It So Hard For A Fat Person To Find A Comfortable Place To Sit In San Francisco?

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It’s important to recognize that tiny or unsupportive seats (no matter how beautiful) send a silent but powerful message about who has the right to sit down. This message has strong ripple effects for a community that is already facing quite a bit of discrimination.

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Take The Cake: Why It’s Important to Preach To The Choir

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It takes a lot of ongoing effort, labor, and love to fight for justice and to question the culture. People in the “choir” opt out of fitting in or playing nice. We dedicate a lot of time to being conscientious citizens.

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Take The Cake: On International Women’s Day I Celebrate The 31% Stock Plummet of WW

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I can think of few things more worthy of celebrating on International Women’s Day than the slow and very public decline of a company that has capit

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Take The Cake: Diets Don't Work (But They Do Give People These 4 Things)

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Dieting is a socially sanctioned method of mentally high-tailing out of whatever is going on and keeping you entirely in your head, laser-focused on your next bite, your scale, your plate.

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Take The Cake: Fat People Deal With Fat Oppression In Different Ways

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2. Fat People Are In Survival Mode. I then moved onto a very basic reality: fatphobia is unjust, fat people are oppressed, fat people are being forced every, single day to navigate fatphobia while attempting to keep their dignity, heart, and spirit intact.

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Take The Cake: Reframing Jealousy

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Jealousy is such an interesting thing to me. As immediate and intense as it feels when it hits, it has always struck me as a secondary — a smokescreen for something else.

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Take The Cake: Revisiting the Fat Liberation Manifesto 46 Years Later

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A lot of people don’t know this, but fat activism has been around in the United States since the 1960s. Yes, it’s true!

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Take The Cake: Is Dumplin’ About Self-Acceptance Or Assimilation?

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Take The Cake: The BoPo-Washing Of Weight Watchers (& The Weight Loss Industry)

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How does a weight loss company sell weight loss products to people who don’t want to be fat but also don’t want to say they don’t want to be fat or identify as being on a diet? This question lives at the heart of what I’m going to call “BoPo-washing.” BoPo-washing is the new paradigm of companies using weight-neutral or body positive language in order to peddle products.

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Take The Cake: Who Is LuLu Roman?

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It’s hard to be fat in this culture (period), but it feels alchemical to me to watch these stars rise to the top — highly visible, on screens all over the world, navigating the entertainment industry and also regular everyday boring ol’ fatphobia as well.

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