Reel Inclusion Fattitude Calendar
Start: February 29, 2024 5:30 p.m.
End: February 29, 2024 7:30 p.m.
Location: Applied Technology Building, Room 183
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Fattitude is an eye-opening look at how popular media perpetuates fat hatred that results in a cultural bias and a civil rights issue for people living in fat bodies. Fat people are paid $1.25 less an hour than their thin counterparts and can still legally lose jobs just because they’re fat. Additionally, 1 in 3 doctors associates fat bodies with hostility, dishonesty and poor hygiene. Fattitude looks at how this systemic cultural prejudice results in fat discrimination.  

Informed by a post-modern, post-colonial, feminist perspective, Fattitude also examines how fat-shaming crosses the lines of race, class, sexuality and gender. It features a diverse variety of voices such as academic scholars, activists, filmmakers, actors and psychologists, including Lindy West, Sonya Renee Taylor, Virgie Tovar, Ricki Lake, and more.  

A body positive documentary intent on inspiring change, Fattitude offers alternative ideas that embrace body acceptance at all sizes, explores examples of fat positive representations being produced today by activists and the media, and focuses on real life solutions for moving forward and changing the national conversation about body image. 

The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Vitale, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ball State University.

The full film is 1hr 25min long. An abbreviated version will be shown at the Feb 28, 12pm screening.