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Feminism in 2018: Body Image & Fat Phobia

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Hove

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Feminism in 2018: Body Image & Fat Phobia

An event open to all self-idenitified women.

Welcome to part 2 of a 3-part series on modern feminism and the struggles that are particularly affecting women's lives: our relationship with food, our bodies, and our sexuality.

Join daughter and mother Emily and Jan Holden of I eat what I need in an interactive workshop. Please bring a notebook and pen with you. The workshop will involve sharing your own experiences within small groups, and listening to other women share their stories. To make this sharing safe, we have asked for only (self-identified) women to attend.

Our first event on Diet Culture and Disordered Eating will be on 3rd May.

Our third event on #metoo and the Subjugation of the Feminine will be on 5th July.

As we dive into body image issues and fat phoba, we will explore these questions together:

In what ways has the fear of fat become internalised?

Do you remember how old you were when you began to believe that your weight was intrinsically linked to your human worth? That something unspoken had been agreed, by almost everyone: that fatness was wrong and that good bodies were small bodies... This belief, so pervasive it almost feels like it's in the ether, has settled into our collective and individual consciousness as a deep seated fear. A fear that our bodies are unruly, untamable, that we take up too much space on this earth. A fear and a shame: we are sorry, so very sorry, that our bodies don't conform. THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY. Our bodies are not designed to fit within the moulds that society and culture has built for us. Our bodies are diverse, juicy and fluid. They ebb and flow like the tides. They cannot, and will not, conform to a standard.


What is it like to live in a fat body in a culture that demonises fatness?

Unlike other aspects of ourselves, our body shape and size is something very public. We have all encountered fat phobia - perhaps directly, witnessed in the street, or in the media. It may come as a barbed comment. As a subtle form of exclusion. As 'banter' or humour. How does this affect us, whatever our body size? What happens to our physical and mental health when both external and internal messages keep telling us the same mantra: that we do not have permission to exist as we are, now.


Why is it so hard for women to accept their bodies as they are, now?

When we don't take ownership of our physicality, our bodies, what happens to the rest of us? What is disembodiment, and why is it so dangerous? How can we reclaim our home on this planet - the body - and inhabit it more fully, more joyfully, and more comfortably - whatever our size? Is it possible to ever fully let go of the 'weight loss dream'? What if we feel extremely uncomfortable in our fat body? How could we possibly accept our bodies if we don't feel healthy and comfortable in them?

So many questions... and we're so excited to explore them together! Mum and I have been in many different body shapes and sizes over our lives. We've been fat, we've been thin, and we've been many things in between. Let's talk, laugh, and share. We want to challenge these limiting beliefs that have us going round in circles of guilt, shame and self-disgust.

Let Emily and Jan teach you the feminine path to behaviour change, which is not only sustainable, gentle and kind - it actually works.


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