“I Needed to See the Politic Being Lived”: Virgie Tovar on Fat Activism and Digital Platforms


  • Hannah McGregor Simon Fraser University


Digital, Publics, Counterpublics, Activism, Feminism, Fat Politics


Virgie Tovar is an author and activist who speaks and writes on the topics of fat discrimination and its intersection with gender, race, and sexuality. She is the editor of the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012), the organizer of Babecamp, and publishes extensively with online forums, including Ravishly, BuzzFeed, the New York Times, and Cosmopolitan. In this interview she addresses her understanding of what constitutes her own public, how digital media has facilitated her creation of that public, and the way politics are embedded in different digital platforms. 


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Author Biography

Hannah McGregor, Simon Fraser University

Assistant Professor of Publishing @ SFU


Schoenfielder, Lisa, and Barb Weiser, eds. 1995. Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression. San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books.

Tovar, Virgie, ed. 2012. Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.

___. 2016. “Take the Cake: ‘This American Life’ Is Really Bad At Talking About Fat.” ravishly, June 23. http://www.ravishly.com/2016/06/23/take-cake-american-life-really-bad-talking-about-fat

Walker, Sarai. 2015. Dietland. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.