Charis welcomes Dr. Joy Cox in conversation with Makia Green for a celebration of Cox's highly anticipated, Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own. This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
Combatting fatphobia and racism to reclaim a space for womxn at the intersection of fat and Black.
To be a womxn living in a body at the intersection of fat and Black is to be on the margins. From concern-trolling--"I just want you to be healthy"--to outright attacks, fat Black bodies that fall outside dominant constructs of beauty and wellness are subjected to healthism, racism, and misogynoir. The spaces carved out by third-wave feminism and the fat liberation movement fail at true inclusivity and intersectionality; fat Black womxn need to create their own safe spaces and community, instead of tirelessly laboring to educate and push back against dominant groups.
Structured into three sections--"belonging," "resistance," and "acceptance"--and informed by personal history, community stories, and deep research, Fat Girls in Black Bodies breaks down the myths, stereotypes, tropes, and outright lies we've been sold about race, body size, belonging, and health. Dr. Joy Cox's razor-sharp cultural commentary exposes the racist roots of diet culture, healthism, and the ways we erroneously conflate body size with personal responsibility. She explores how to reclaim space and create belonging in a hostile world, pushing back against tired pressures of "going along just to get along," and dismantles the institutionally ingrained myths about race, size, gender, and worth that deny fat Black womxn their selfhood.
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Dr. Joy Cox is a body justice advocate, researcher and leader who addresses the intersections of race, body size, accessibility and “health.” She holds a PhD from Rutgers University, is the host of the pro-fat, pro-Black podcast Fresh Out the Cocoon and has been featured in articles by the Huffington Post and SELF magazine. Additionally Dr. Cox serves on the Advisory Board for the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) and is the cofounder of Jabbie, a body inclusive, identity affirming fitness app.
Her new book, Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own, contends with the systemically harmful treatment of fat Black girls and womxn and the methods through which belonging, resistance and acceptance can be cultivated.
Makia Green is a queer non-binary fat Black liberation organizer with Black Lives Matter DC and the DC Working Families Party. They are also a lead trainer for Momentum. Makia fights to abolish the prison state, end intra-community violence and eliminate wealth inequality by facilitating community dialogues, leading direct actions, and building coalitions centered in Black joy, healing & abolition. A "New Yorker" living in DC, they joined the movement by co-founding an activist collective in Rochester NY, during the aftermath of the Ferguson Uprising, and has since then led mass actions such as J20 Resist, BlockDevos, and #DefundMPD. As an activist and organizer, Green's passion is using radial honesty to give others the permission to be themselves, unapologetically so that we all have the power to manifest the world within which we want to live.
Combatting fatphobia and racism to reclaim a space for womxn at the intersection of fat and Black