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Speaker to Examine 'Fat Shame and Feminism' on March 1

Posted: February 13, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. –Dr. Amy Farrell, Dickinson College women’s and gender studies professor, will discuss the stigma of being fat in the American culture as viewed through the lens of feminism, at Wilson College on Thursday, March 1, as part of a series of events recognizing National Women’s History Month. “Fat Shame and Feminism,” which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Laird Hall’s Patterson Lounge.

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Feb. 13, 2012
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
Email: amy.ensley@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. –Dr. Amy Farrell, Dickinson College women’s and gender studies professor, will discuss the stigma of being fat in the American culture as viewed through the lens of feminism, at Wilson College on Thursday, March 1, as part of a series of events recognizing National Women’s History Month. “Fat Shame and Feminism,” which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Laird Hall’s Patterson Lounge.

For more than 100 years, the U.S. feminist movement has had a very fraught relationship with fat, both reinforcing and challenging fat denigration in its tactics, rhetoric and social movement ideologies. In this talk, Farrell will draw from her recent book, Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture, to explore the role of fat shaming and fat activism from the time of the suffragists to the most recent body acceptance movement.

Farrell is professor of both American studies and women's and gender studies at Dickinson, where she also serves as the Curley Faculty Chair in Liberal Arts. In addition to Fat Shame, she is the author of Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism. Farrell has appeared twice on television’s “The Colbert Report” to discuss the stigma against fat people.

Farrell will also sign copies of her book at the lecture.

The lecture is sponsored by Wilson’s Women’s Studies Program and the Hankey Center. It will kick off a series of women’s history month events, which have the theme this year of “Women’s Education and Women’s Empowerment.” Other events will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Amy Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or amy.ensley@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: March 1, 2012