Popaganda’s GLAMOUR season makes its debut this week—with an anti-weight-loss infomercial for the ages. In the first episode, host Carmen Rios talks to feminist activists and academics about how diet culture is fueling the kyriarchy, and how all of us can escape its clutches.
Virgie Tovar—the founder of Babecamp and author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat and the forthcoming The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, breaks down the politics of fat positivity. Caroline Dooner, author and founder of The Fuck-It Diet, weighs in on the danger of dieting. Sabrina Strings, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, unpacks the racist roots of diet culture, and the continued racist implications of our society’s narrow definition of beauty. And Kimberly Dark—professor and author, most recently, of Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old: A Makeover for Self & Society, lays bare the reverberations, individually and socially, of walking away from body shame and judgement.
It’s probably not news to Popaganda listeners that our world has a whole lot of opinions about women’s bodies. But in this episode, Carmen digs even deeper—exploring the racist and sexist ideas that perpetuate unrealistic and unhealthy beauty standards for women and girls, and unpacking the impact the diet culture we subsequently live in shapes their lives. She also challenges listeners to envision a world beyond diet culture, and helps chart a course out of it. After this episode, you’ll be ready to say goodbye to all of the expectations our society has saddled you with—and start looking at your reflection from a new, feminist perspective.
Hungry for more content like this? Luckily, literally everyone in this episode has written a book about smashing diet culture! It’s not too late to put The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy; Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old: A Makeover for Self & Society; You Have the Right to Remain Fat; and Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia on your holiday wish list.
Caroline also passed on some book recommendations during our interview: “I highly recommend the book Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of weight and health and diet,” she said. “It’s a really, really good book.”
If you’re looking for more podcasts, newsletters and resources about building a better relationship with food, click here to get initiated into The F*ck It Diet.
Craving some IRL guidance as you kick off your own journey away from dieting? Go to Babecamp! You can also RSVP to take up more space by stretching with Kimberly at one of her Yoga is for Every Body retreats.
I hope you’ll take everyone’s advice and diversify your social media feed. In fact, the folks in this episode can provide you with some first follows in the right direction. Go lurk Virgie, Kimberly and Caroline on Instagram.
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