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What Is Fat Activism? An Interview with Dr. Charlotte Cooper

By Dr. Cookie Woolner

Dr. Charlotte Cooper is a British fat activist and para-academic with 30 years experience in this field. She is the author of a new book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement. In her book, Cooper debunks various assumptions about fat activism, such as that it is about “body positivity” and “self-love,” or merely focused on issues of obesity and health. Through interviews with fat activists and her own experiences, Cooper charts the rich history of fat activism since its emergence in the 1960s amidst many other social movements for justice and equity. She argues that fat activism is a strategy to help fat people live better lives, which can take on any form, from working at the policy level to create anti-discrimination laws to hosting fat clothing swaps, protesting the diet industry, creating embodied performances and community events

New Report Centers LGBTQ Experiences of Mass Incarceration

By Andrea Ritchie | Huff Post Queer Voices

Five years ago, Beacon Press published Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People, a book which provided a comprehensive examination LGBT people in the criminal legal system. Five years later, the Movement Advancement Project’s new report Unjust makes a critical contribution to our collective understanding of the wide-ranging impacts of criminalization and mass incarceration.

Feminsim, Sexuality, and Neuroethics

Neuroethics is an emerging field that considers the interaction between neuroscience, behavioral biology, society, and ethics. Major questions of concern within neuroethics include: How do scientific discoveries impact society? How can scientific researchers more fully understand the ethical implications of their work? The intersection of feminist science studies with the field of Neuroethics produces new ways to ask these questions, considering, for example, not only how science impacts society, but how scientific research is shaped by cultural assumptions. Ultimately, students in this class will combine the critical thinking skills from both of these fields to answer the question: How can we all be responsible consumers and/or producers of neuroscientific knowledge? View Syllabus:

Amplified Voices from an Unequal Platform

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06AAOLHE5xQ Over the past decade lesbians, gays, trans and intersex persons in Africa have experienced high levels human rights abuses. Some of these abuses are committed by the State, which deny us the right to education, health care, bodily safety, freedom to express and associate. We face humiliation, victimization, which often leads to death and trauma. Homophobia and transphobia is everywhere in the world, but never has it been so vocally advocated as in Africa, by state presidents, religious leaders and ordinary citizens. This is most evident within Southern Africa, as Iranti-Org documents and reports on these abuses in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. Iranti-Org is an African collective comprised of LGBTI activists. We are a collective of media advocates who use media tools and platforms such as an online space or a face to face spaces to advocate for the rights of LGBTI persons. We can longer live…

Women of Color- Gender & Sexualities

Introduction to critical thinking about race, class, gender, and sexuality. Exploring questions of identity and belonging in relation to topics such as the politics of reproduction, butch/femme, the family and the state, colonialism, bisexuality, s/m, interracial relationships, and safe sex, this interdisciplinary course focuses on collaboration and conflict between women of color with group presentations and professor-graduate student co-teaching. Dr. Angela Davis and Catriona Rueda Esquibel University of California Santa Cruz Syllabus

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