In terms her own move toward body liberation, Evette's thinking was molded through Black feminism and writers and thinkers such as Joan Morgan, Alice Walker, bell hooks and Patricia Hill-Collins. When she made the crucial connection between body size and liberation she found the fat blogosphere and followed the work of Lesley Kinzel, Marianne Kirby and others who were writing publicly about body size. In this episode, Jana and Evette discuss making concrete links between race and body size and Evette talks about coming into feminism in grad school and exiting her indoctrination of body shame. She articulates taking a Black Feminism Theory and Praxis seminar in grad school and the resulting a-ha moments being able to connect and apply this thinking to her life and experiences. Evette describes the importance of this unlearning and how it leads to the emotional process of coming to body positivity.
Jana asks Evette about experiencing joy and staying emotionally and mentally healthy in order to do her best work. Evette takes breaks and chooses not to engage in online discourse unless it directly relates to work. She also has created boundaries around her time to make sure that she's present for her life outside of work. Evette talks about her close relationship with water and valuing and cultivating close friendships as a means of pleasure and comfort. Her advice or tips to staying emotionally healthy in a fatphobic culture extend to simple tools such as eliminating dieting and scales in the home as these are compulsions that can dictate your emotional state around your body.
Evette's One Cool Thing is obsessed with Will Smith's Instagram right now because it's so joyful and creative. She also has by extension begun to watch Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith's show on facebook and she loves it! Evette talks about loving the Dear Sugars podcast and the hashtag #ResistanceGeneologies on twitter! Follow it! Jana's One Cool Thing is the book The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor. It's an another amazing book that everyone ought to read.
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