Ep. 1 - 'Fat': Go ahead, say the F-word

In our very first episode of Word Bomb, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta discuss the word “fat,” bias, and the “euphemism treadmill.”
By TVO Podcasts - Published on October 2, 2018



For more on our guest Sophie Carter-Khan, pop on your headphones and check out She’s All Fat, the podcast for body positivity and radical self-love that takes a look at the day-to-day realities of being fat in America. Sophie co-hosts She’s All Fat with April K. Quioh and with editing support from Maria Wurttele. Thanks, Sophie!

For more on our guest Virgie Tovar, head over to her Instagram account and read her book, You Have the Right to Remain Fat, published by Feminist Press. Publishers Weekly called the book “eye opening …. This short, accessible book packs a powerful message that will appeal to anyone eager to uncover and dispel cultural myths about beauty." Thanks, Virgie!

The first step in breaking free of the euphemism treadmill: learn about the euphemism treadmill in Stephen Pinker’s 2003 book, The Blank Slate. Speaking of which, this Twitter thread on the most frustrating euphemisms for “fat” was a goldmine.

For more about fatphobia and weight bias, read this recent and widely shared article by Michael Hobbes, “Everything you know about obesity is wrong.”

Last but not least, for those interested in broadening their perspective on fatness, here’s a comprehensive round-up of body-positivity resources by blogger the Militant Baker.

Thanks for listening!

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