You Have the Right to Remain Fat: A Conversation with Virgie Tovar

Wed Jul 10
California Institute of Integral Studies - CIIS
07:00 PM
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Author, body image expert, and fat-fashionista, Virgie Tovar is on a mission to eradicate diet culture and to build respect for all body types. Writing at the intersections of size, identity, sexuality, and politics, Virgie sees being fat as a human rights issue.
She examines how body shame, fat phobia, and dieting are symptoms of a larger cultural problem influenced by our history of unresolved racism, misogyny, and classism. She sees fat phobia as an ideology of bigotry that positions fat people as naturally inferior and a sign of immortality.
Through her messages on fat positivity, unapologetic living, and her own phenomenal fashion sense, Virgie shows us how to assert body autonomy in a culture that doesn’t want us to.
Join Virgie for a conversation on the revolutionary action of embracing the magic of our own bodies just as they are.
Virgie Tovar is a San Francisco-based author and activist, and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, founded Babecamp, edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion, and authored the nonfiction book You Have the Right to Remain Fat. Her writing has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, NPR, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and BUST. 


  1. California Institute of Integral Studies - CIIS 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA