Author to discuss book as part of “Love Your Body Day” Oct. 17

The stigma related to being fat is the topic for a presentation as part of “Love Your Body Day” Oct. 17 at Shippensburg University.

Dr. Amy Farrell, a faculty member at Dickinson College, will discuss her book, Fat Shame, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The program is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and is made possible by a Human Understanding Grant from the university’s Office of Social Equity.

Farrell will discuss the roots of fat denigration in early 20th century America, drawing from postcards, political cartoons, and suffragist propaganda to illuminate early forms of fat stigma and the ways it intersected with nativist ideologies and oppressions of gender, race and class. She will also trace the ways that these roots of fat denigration continue to permeate our contemporary culture, shaping the ways that we think about health and the “obesity epidemic.”

She is the Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and professor of American studies and women’s and gender studies at Dickinson. Besides Fat Shame, she is also the author of Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism. She has twice appeared on the “Colbert Report” to share her work on fat stigma.