Fatphobia, body positivity and social justice

Laurie Cooper Stoll will be the speaker at the Organization for Campus Women Spring Symposium April 20.

Organization for Campus Women Spring Symposium features Laurie Cooper Stoll

Laurie Cooper Stoll, founding director of UWL’s Institute for Social Justice, will present “No more apologies: Fatphobia, body positivity and social justice” for the Organization for Campus Women Spring Symposium.

The symposium runs from 11:30-1 p.m. Friday, April 20, in 3310 Student Union. Presentation begins at noon. The cost is $5 at the door. A light lunch is included. All are welcome. An RSVP is necessary by Monday, April 16, to Sharie Brunk at sbrunk@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6951.

The presentation will discuss findings from a nationally-representative study of Americans’ attitudes about fatness and size discrimination. Stoll will also discuss strategies for combatting fatphobia and body shaming.

In a society steeped in fat-shaming, “overweight” and “obese” women are expected to apologize for taking up both metaphorical and literal space, says Stoll, who is also a UWL associate professor of sociology. At the same time, body positivity has become a buzzword in a misogynistic culture where “health” is continually equated with “thinness,” and size discrimination and weight bias have been documented at the macro- and micro-level, she adds.