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Events to celebrate International Women’s Day 2013

Two events on campus this week will celebrate International Women’s Day.

A panel discussion Monday, March 25, will break open historical, theoretical and activist perspectives in 21st-century debates on weight, size, space and women’s bodies.

“Fat is still a feminist issue” will continue the discussion ignited by Susie Orbach’s best-selling book.

  • Wendy Mitchinson, Canada Research Chair in Gender and Medical History, University of Waterloo, on “Fighting Fat: Mother Blaming in Canada”
  • Karly Van Puymbroeck, student of women’s studies andEnglish, University of Windsor, on “Geometry and Spatial Sense: Female Bodies in Three Dimensions”
  • Jill Andrew, doctoral candidate in education, York University, on “Fat in the City: Bodies in Motion”

The free public event begins at 7 p.m. in room 204, Toldo Health Education Centre.

Andrew, founder and director of Bite Me! Toronto International Body Image Film and Arts Festival, will share her personal journey as a feminist fat activist in her free public presentation “Fat in the City,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m. in Vanier Hall’s Winclare A.

Through the narratives of some fat women and visuals of plus size sections in mainstream clothing stores selling 14+ merchandise, she will discuss some of the structural inequities faced by fat female consumers and how this impacts their shopping experiences.