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Ep. 12- Intersectional Feminism and Body Acceptance with Dana Suchow

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Dana “Hotpants” Suchow is a Speaker, Activist, and Event Producer. Since overcoming bulimia and compulsive exercising that resulted in permanent injuries, she has become a champion for women’s rights, eating disorder issues, and body positivity.

Dana founded Do The Hotpants in 2012 as a fashion blog, but once she realized that fashion’s unattainable beauty standards were fueling her eating disorder, she switched gears. In 2014 Dana gave up her dream of becoming a famous fashion blogger, and has since made it her mission to use her own life experiences to educate, empower, and uplift anyone struggling with bad body image. Dana now leads workshops and curates feminist events that support all self-identifying women and focus on the importance of female safe spaces.

In this episode Dana and I talk about her recovery and transformation from a fashion blogger into a body positive and feminist activist. We touch on all things feminism- even things that have been weighing on my mind personally as of late such as body hair and makeup. She also discusses the best way those of us with more privilege can be allies to those who are more marginalized.

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The Ripple

“Photos I wish I didn’t Photoshop”

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Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth

 

Get political

In light of this past weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia I felt like I couldn’t keep to myself. I was taking this week off the podcast to bring you all fresh material next weekend and to start releasing episodes every two weeks for the duration of the school year but I decided it was important to put at least something out there this weekend.

To be silent at a time like this is to take the side of the oppressor, and that I just cannot do . I know its uncomfortable to have conversations like these where we must confront our privilege and use it for the benefit of others, rather than to aid in our discomfort while we remain silent. I have never walked through the streets of my town only to be seen as a nuisance or to be told I don’t deserve to exist, and my children will never know that life either. Unfortunately that is not true for the majority of our population and so because of that; I speak. I will not apologize for getting political or for making others uncomfortable.

The tie between body positivity, fat acceptance, feminism — all of these key interests of mine— and politics, is immense. In fact you actually can’t separate these issues at all.  If you leave all of these intermingling topics out of the equation, that is not intersectionality and that is not my feminism. So how can I get on my platform and take up space preaching acceptance for women and people of all sizes, ethnicities, genders, abilities, orientation, identity, and  you guessed it- race if I decide to stay silent about racial issues? The answer is I can’t. I call myself an ally on these fronts so I have to do the work.

It’s so easy to turn off your tv, tune out of the world, keep your opinions to yourself and of course God forbid we ever “get political,” but where the fuck does that get us? That gets us no where. That’s why its 2017 and we still have nazis running through the streets and spreading hate and violence. The truth is there are people that don’t have the damn luxury of tuning out of the racial issues because they’re the targets of it. As long as that is happening I can’t and won’t keep my goddamn mouth shut.

This is me being pissed, and spitting my truth out. I will no longer apologize for getting political, I will no longer apologize if I offend, or make people uncomfortable. For a while now I have been talking about truly political issues but was careful not to “get too political” because that’s “annoying.” Well fuck that. I am too damn mad to keep this to myself, and you should be too.

I was going to write a post today about empowerment, but I can’t even think about talking about anything else at a time like this. My heart goes out to all of those who were harmed by this disgusting act of domestic terrorism, and to anyone who is a victim of it on the daily. I am here as little or as much as you need me to be. I will use my voice when I can, and I will hand the mic to you when my voice does no good. I am your ally and you will never catch me being silent again.

Ep. 11- Self care with yours truly

 

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Just what you’ve all been waiting for, an episode of me rambling all by myself. I discuss my choice to unplug from social media, as well as self care, rest, and the pursuit of perfection.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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Daring Greatly

Food Psych Podcast

Love Food Podcast

Nasty Women Radio

The Fuck It Diet Radio

Ep. 10- True Health and Eating Disorder Recovery with Marci Evans

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This week I spoke with the wonderful Marci Evans. Marci is a Food and Body Imager Healer™. She has dedicated her career to counseling, supervising, and teaching in the field of eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified ACSM personal trainer. In addition to her group private practice and three adjunct teaching positions, Marci launched an online eating disorders training for dietitians in 2015 and co-directs a specialized eating disorder internship at Simmons College.  She has spoken locally and nationally at numerous conferences and media outlets.

Marci and I discuss her work as a weight inclusive and non-diet body image healer and Registered Dietician. We talk about food as a red herring and gastrointestinal issues in those with eating disorders. We discuss eating disorder recovery in general, and the dangerous dogma that is diet culture. We also touch a little on the topic of eating disorder memoirs and whether these are helpful or harmful; the new film on Netflix, “To The Bone” specifically.

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Religion of Thinness

Hunger by Roxanne Gay

Ep. 09- Importance of Emotional Intelligence with Diana Madrigal

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This week I spoke with Diana Madrigal, who is a certified life coach and writer. We had a nice long chat about perfectionism, the “compare and despair” mode we can put ourselves into and how emotional intelligence plays such a huge role in all of that, and how we can get there. I feel like emotional intelligence and inner self work is so important when it comes to healing ourselves from food and body issues because once those are gone, those same ideals pop up elsewhere and can wreak just as much havoc.

Diana Madrigal is a certified professional coach, writer, and wife to a wonderful husband. She is a mother of two smart boys and one strong girl. She has been in customer service for over fifteen years working in retail, government, and private sectors. Diana has been a licensed loan officer and real estate agent for over a decade. She loves sewing, make-up artistry, cooking, reading, music, and hiking. Her true passion lies in creative writing and life coaching. As an introverted coach, Diana has found joy in helping others find their personal power and face challenges with grace and self-awareness. Co-Author of the book “Follow It Thru: From Obstacles to Opportunity”

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Eckhart Tolle’s Power of Now

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