Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old by Kimberly Dark with Natalie Boero


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I am going to be gushing about this one for a long time!!!

For this week's discussion I talked with Natalie Boero about Kimberly Dark's Fat, Pretty and Soon to Be Old. Natalie wrote the article about me that was recently in Women Who Podcast Magazine and I asked her if she wanted to spend some time with me on this show. If you've been in body liberation circles for a bit, you will recognize Natalie as the author of Killer Fat (which normally always gets a reference in most current body acceptance books), so needless to say I am a little excited she came on. In our discussion we covered:

  • Natalie's fat activist journey including the Padded Lilys, studying fat in academia and how feminism treats anti-fat work
  • What fat activism could do better
  • Natalie's bad fat day
  • Being fit and fat
  • Fat and pretty/Fat and old identities
  • How this book is a sociological memoir
  • Radical cultural change comes from recognizing intersectionalities
  • Why changing structures is more important than calling out micro aggressions
  • Fat people and airplanes
  • The impact of Shadow on a Tightrope on Natalie's story
  • Body positivity in relation to fat activism

Keep reading everyone!


Natalie's Twitter

Natalie's Instagram

Natalie's San Jose State University Page

Killer Fat: Media, Medicine and Morals in the American "Obesity Epidemic"

The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Body and Embodiment

Show mentions

Flying While Fat FB Page

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Fat as a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

Damaged Like Me by Kimberly Dark

Natalie's Book Recommendations

Shadow on a Tightrope edited by Lisa Schoenfielder and Barb Wieser

Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings

Fat Studies Reader edited by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay

Health at Every Size by Lindo Bacon

Body Respect by Lindo Bacon

Fat Activism by Charlotte Cooper

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Fat Girl Book Club Links

Your Better Body Image Checklist

The Better Body Image FB Group

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