In terms of fat liberation and her body, 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 and size. 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 and race. She articulates taking a Black feminism theory and praxis seminar in grad school and the a-ha moment of being able to connect and apply this thinking to her life and experiences. Evette describes the importance of this unlearning process 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 discusses taking breaks and not engaging in online discourse unless it directly relates to work. She also has created boundaries around her time to make sure that she's present outside of work. Evette talks about her close relationship with water and valuing and cultivating close friendships. Her advice or tips 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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