TED Thursday: The Fear of Fat – The Real Elephant in the Room

Every Thursday I will be choosing and posting a TED Talk that I think should be shared with you. I will not go at length about the benefits of it; they speak for themselves! Instead, I will provide you with the quick presentation blurb for it from TED Talk. You take it from here! This week, the TED Talk I choose to share with you is:

The Fear of Fat – The Real Elephant in the Room
with Kelli Jean Drinkwater at TEDxSydney

We live in a culture where being fat is believed to be universally bad and something to be feared. This fat phobia is keeping many of us, regardless of our size waiting to be the after photo before we truly start to live our lives. Kelli Jean Drinkwater unravels the complex relationship we all have with body size and shows how radical body politics can be the antidote to body shaming culture.

Kelli Jean Drinkwater is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist recognized internationally for her creative practice and voice in radical body politics. Kelli Jean uses the fat body as a site to investigate the complex relationship we all have with our bodies and how that defines the world we live in.

Recurring themes in her work are notions of ‘taking up space’, queering fat embodiment and how this reclamation can transform and reimagine the potential of self and community. Her work is motivated by how these ideas intersect with gender, race, class and ability.

Her work has featured in major international galleries, festivals and magazines. Recent performances include Force Majeure’s Nothing to Lose for Sydney Festival 2015, NightCraft for MCA’s Artbar, Tableau Vivant for Underbelly Arts Festival, MonstaGras at The Red Rattler Theatre. Her directorial debut Aquaporko! won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Mardi Gras Film Festival 2013. (from YouTube TEDx Talks channel)

I will admit that I cringe when I hear the word activist. But this particular Talk made me pause; Kelli Jean Drinkwater seems to be all about being body positive. She advocates loving yourself and to not let your body (and/or how it is perceived by you or others) stop you from being happy and expressing who you are fully.

She appears to lives her life with confidence and dazzle. Check out her website.

 

 

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