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CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: FEMINISM AND FAT

  • The Melba Spiegletent 35 Johnston Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia (map)

Did you know there was a fat acceptance movement? Or that fat activists campaign for the right to reclaim the word “fat”, demand better “fatshion” and advocate for social acceptance of good health at any size?

This month’s CLF will be a recap of one of their most powerful shows: Feminism and Fat. It was one of those knock out topics, because the discussion ranged across body acceptance and positivity, bodily autonomy, fashion, and the policing of women’s appearances – to name just a few. Not only do we direct a lot of hatred at ourselves for being “too fat” but there’s a strong misogynist streak in social commentary around what women’s bodies should look like. Cherchez have invited some great thinkers from the movement to come and talk us through these issues and hopefully shed some light on a topic that is rarely looked at from this angle in the mainstream media.

The amazing host for this month is Jiselle Hanna. Jiselle is the producer of 3CR’s Accent of Women, and has looked extensively at the issues of fat consciousness and body image, particularly, the intersections with race and sexuality. Jiselle will be joined by three amazing panelists:

– Jenny Lee: feminist, academic, writer, activist
– Elyse Lithgow: feminist, Instagram devotee, model, fatshion show director
– Melissa D’or: feminist, fat fashion curator and organiser, ‘Hey Fatty’ co-founder

Tickets $15 prebooked online, $20 on the door
Wheelchair accessible, kid-friendly
Food truck on site, bar open all show