Body Image: Fat Shaming & The Thin Epidemic
Check out my TEDxYorkU talk on fat shaming, fat euphemisms, and the thin epidemic.
“I’m a big bright shining (or burning according to the day!) star and I’m gonna shine forever!”
Jill Andrew’s lively body image talk addresses fat shaming, fat euphemisms i.e. “plus”), and strategies to address what she calls the pervasive “thin epidemic.” Jill draws a parallel between ‘fatness’ and ‘blackness’ as disruptions to dominant thin centric/Eurocentric body ideals. Key message: “Fat is a description not a prescription, nor an invitation for hate!”
Caution: talk includes a hilarious sense of humour and some language not suitable for children.
Speaker :A columnist, educator, and media consultant on female body image, PhD candidate Jill (Ji!!) Andrew speaks regularly on body acceptance. Andrew is founder/director of BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival, Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser, co-founder of FatinTheCity.com a plus-size fashion ‘fatshion’ blog, and the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards. Her reflections on race, gender,’ and size analysis through a feminist, fat studies lens is a crowd favourite on-air and in print.
Jill’s awards include the Michele Landsberg Media Activism Award, the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grant, and York University’s Patrick Solomon Memorial Award in Urban Diversity. In 2010, she was also 1 of 120 women across Canada selected to participate in Canada’s inaugural Governor General Women’s Conference. Most recently, she was inducted into Humber College School of Social & Community Services’ Hall of Inspiration as an Alumnus of Distinction.