INTERSECTION OF FATNESS AND VIOLENCE: EXPLORING THE ROLE OF BODY IN GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (SESSION E)
Kimberlé Crenshaw introduced the idea of intersectionality into social justice work, encouraging consideration of multiple aspects of a person’s identity and lived experience in understanding the way they interact with the world. This is particularly evident in relation to issues of violence, where research shows the disproportionate impacts of violence for women, trans folks, and gender nonbinary or non-conforming people. Within the field of gender based violence an intersectional lens has further encouraged an analysis that includes race, class, and ability as significant factors that may increase risk of experiencing violence. Yet, little attention has been paid to the impact of fatness, or body size, as a significant factor in experiences of gender based violence. This presentation will provide a brief overview of recent literature from the field of Critical Fat Studies related to the experiences of embodied fatness in relation to gender based violence, focusing on the ways in which having a fat body contributes to risk of gender based violence. The ways in which anti-fat bias constitutes a distinct form of gender based violence will also be explored.