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Fat shaming and the thin epidemic: Jill Andrew at TEDxYorkU 2014

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Published on Mar 16, 2014

Jill Andrew's lively body image talk addresses fat shaming, fat euphemisms (i.e. plus fashion), and strategies to address what she calls the pervasive "thin epidemic." Jill, a PhD student at York University, draws a parallel between 'fatness' and 'blackness' as disruptions to dominant thin centric/Eurocentric body ideals. Jill's key message: "Fat is a description not a prescription, nor an invitation for hate!"

"I'm a big bright shining (or burning according to the day lol) star and I'm gonna shine forever!"
Jill (Ji!!) Andrew

Jill can be reached at @JILLSLASTWORD and @FATINTHECITY on twitter.

*Caution: talk includes a hilarious sense of humour and some language not suitable for children.

TEDxYorkU 2014 was held on March 3, 2014 at York University. The theme for the event was Combustion. Follow us on Twitter @tedxyorku

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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