Session 294: Understanding Anti-Fat Bias
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
In the recent news cycle, there have been a handful of videos trending that participate in Anti-Fat rhetoric. These pieces of media work to diminish the fat acceptance movement utilizing scare tactics like shame and ridicule under the guise of “tough love.” In actuality, these methods of behavior are rooted in fatphobia and highlight how much body shaming has been indoctrinated into all of us.
To discuss Anti-Fat bias more at length, this week I’m joined by Author, Advocate, and Yoga Teacher Jessamyn Stanley. As a Fat Black Femme navigating the predominantly white, able-bodied, cisgender world of Yoga, Jessamyn has spent her career breaking down barriers in the wellness industry and showing that all bodies are worthy. In our conversation, we discuss the importance of reclaiming the word Fat, the yoga industrial complex, the power of listening to the teacher that lives inside us all, and how practicing self-care and self-acceptance is an act of service to the community around you.
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