A LIVE ONLINE CONVERSATION WITH JOY ARLENE RENEE COX AND BIANCA I. LAUREANO
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About the Event
To live in a body at the intersection of fat, Black, and female is to be on the margins. From concern-trolling—I just want you to be healthy—to outright attacks, fat Black bodies that fall outside dominant constructs of beauty and wellness are subjected to healthism, racism, and misogynoir. As a body justice advocate and leader Dr. Joy Arlene Renee Cox believes that the spaces carved out by third-wave feminism and the fat liberation movement fail at achieving true inclusivity and intersectionality. She believes that fat Black women need to create their own safe spaces and community—instead of tirelessly working to educate, chastise, and strive against dominant groups.
Dr. Cox’s latest book, Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own, breaks down the myths, stereotypes, tropes, and outright lies we’ve been sold about race, body size, belonging, and health. In her work, Dr. Cox explores belonging, resistance, and acceptance—informed by personal history, community stories, and extensive research. Dr. Cox also offers ways that fat Black women and girls can reclaim space, create a rich community, and dismantle the institutionally ingrained myths about race, size, gender, and worth that deny fat Black women their selfhood.
Join educator and sexologist Bianca I. Laureano for a conversation with Dr. Cox about how to reject the myths and lies that hold back fat Black women, and ways for their communities to flourish. Please note that this talk/conversation will be hosted live online and includes an audience Q&A. Instructions on how to join the conversation will be included in your event confirmation email. If you need additional assistance finding or joining the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.