12 minutes | May 28th 2019

Episode 19: Author Virgie Tovar Talks Weight Discrimination and Cannabis

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No matter where you live in America, the marginalization of people - based on their appearance, age, beliefs - persists, and distorts the way we treat one another. Virgie Tovar, the author of “You Have the Right to Remain Fat,” is seeking to change that. Virgie travels all over the country speaking about body image and the effects of weight based discrimination, as well as providing online and in-person mentoring. Virgie also happens to be a fan of what she calls “Ye Oldie cannabis.” In this episode we’re going to learn about how the history of fat activism curiously parallels the cannabis industry, hear some of Virgie’s wild experiences with cannabis and discover how it influences both her work and her identity. “What weed does is it allows me to kind of like settle into my body and as a fat person who has been taught to feel disembodied, it's a powerful experience," she says. For more information about Virgie’s work, including her online course Lose Hate Not Weight Babecamp, her Camp Thunder Thighs retreat and her upcoming book Flawless: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, check out https://www.virgietovar.com/
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