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An upcoming talk as part of the Fredonia Ethnic and Gender Studies program will be on fat phobia, which is specific to black women. The Zoom lecture will be hosted by the University of California, Irvine Department of Sociology, Associate Professor Sabrina Strings on Wednesday, March 17th at 3 p.m.
Dr. Strings’ presentation “Fat Phobia as Misogyny: Gender, Race and Weight Stigma” is free and can be viewed at the online link https://fredonia-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd -murzIvEtzjpF6MCa13q …
Strings is the author of “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of the Fat Phobia,” which won the American Sociological Association’s 2020 Best Body and Incarnation Publication Award and an award in the Sociology of Gender and Gender Contest Buches “for 2020 was awarded.
Misogynoir refers to the specific hatred, aversion, distrust and prejudice towards black women.
Dr. Hildebrand noted that both topics are attracting a great deal of attention from both students in Fredonia and academia – particularly in the areas of gender and ethnology, history, sociology, and psychology – and from additional audiences through venues like NPR and The New York Times. In an NPR interview, Strings discussed the effects of a fabulous phobia specifically on a group of black women who were HIV positive. They turned down medication because of the pressure to stay thin and cited weight gain as a possible side effect.
Amid the coronavirus and racial tensions dividing the nation, a virtual lecture by Dr. Sabrina Strings has the opportunity to bring the community and campus together for a discussion on fat phobia and social justice activism, said Jennifer Hildebrand, associate professor in the Department of History.
“Strings has mastered the ability to communicate complex and difficult topics to audiences from all backgrounds, which has helped her make a significant impact as a science activist training for change,” Hildebrand said.
Strings’ work appeals to both academic and popular audiences, Hildebrandt added, because it is very accessible and because it reflects the theoretical framework of science on “hot button” discussions about RuPaul’s television series “Drag Race”, the American singer Lizzo and most of the others recently applied the important intersection of body type and the effects of COVID-19.
The talk, hosted by the Ethnic and Gender Studies program with funding from the Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation, is a continuation of the virtual talk “The Future of Inclusion: Innovation in a Post-COVID World” Black The Trans activist Tiq Milan was introduced to Fredonia in 2020.