Today I’m talking with Angelina Moles, a Critical Fat Studies theorist and performance artist with a Master of Art’s degree in Communication Studies. They use both she/her/ hers and they/them/theirs pronouns when being referred to. Angelina is a fat activist whose work is centered in critiquing/unpacking white supremacy, thin privilege, and the medical industry for their creation and contribution to fatphobia and anti-fat stigma.
She is currently working on creating a website dedicated to discussing fat liberation and is dipping their toes into burlesque dancing. Angelina is a performance artist who creates pieces that discuss and focus on the fat body and the way it is policed in a thin society. They have performed all over the Bay Area and the country.
Listen in as Angelina gives us a crash course in fat studies exploring how fat bodies are medicalized and feared, the racist roots of fatphobia, and how the medium of performance communicates complex ideas in novel ways.
- Often fatness gets looked at as a choice.
- Fatness is not like other oppressions because of the narrative that people can permanently change.
- We blame fat people for not fitting into public spaces when the problem is structural.
- Fat studies takes fatness out of the medicalized lens.
- Unpacking all the connotations that are associated with the word “fat”
- Body size, race, and gender are often not talked about in the classroom.
- Internalized fatphobia can impact fat students and make them uncomfortable.
- How the “obesity epidemic” isn’t real.
- Explains the history of BMI which is rife with racism and misogyny.
- Fatphobia is directly connected to racism.
- Explaining that having thin privilege doesn’t mean you never struggled.
- How troubling it is to call fat people “brave” or “courageous” when they wear crop tops.
- How she had to learn how to save energy by not arguing with those who don’t get it.
- Body positivity is a lot different than fat positivity.
- How she thought she was being a good fat person by trying not to be fat.
Links & Resources:
- FAT!SO? : Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size by Marilyn Wann
- You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
- Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings
- Fat Studies Reader
- The Fat Sex Therapist
- @nataliemeansnice – Natalie Hodge
- Roxane Gay
- The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Fat Lip Podcast
- Fierce Fat Femme on Instagram and YouTube
- Fatty Goes Oink