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Faculty Talk: Girth, Mirth, and Stigma (NYC)

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Dyson Assistant Professor at Pace University, Jason Whitesel, PhD, shares his ethnographic study on the lives and interactions of fat men within the gay community and reads from his book Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma.

Join Dyson Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Jason Whitesel, PhD, for a discussion of his research and a reading from his book Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma. At Pace, Whitesel is teaching the students in his Queer Theory course about reclaiming insulting language—words like “queer” or in this case “fat”—and while the reclamation is powerful and transformative, it is important to remember that these words are steeped in a history of shame.  Fat shame, Whitesel believes, will never go away, but the men of Girth & Mirth (an international social club for large, gay men) do things to reduce it by reacting to the shame creatively and actively.

Faculty Talk with Jason Whitesel
Friday, October 23
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Birnbaum Library, Fishbowl
New York City Campus

To learn more about Whitesel’s research, click here.

 

 

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