“It is the fat girl who has the best time”: fat women and the print media of the past – with Kari

It’s easy to assume that western print media has always had an anti-fat bias. Kari’s talk will explore how fat bodies – especially those of women – were represented in print media of the later nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll be surprised and amused! While it won’t all be positive (we’ll see a range of portrayals of fatness) we’ll see we’re not alone in our struggles. Kari will also talk you through ways you can ensure your own fat history is preserved for future generations to encounter.

Meet Kari Wilson-Allan

Kari is a chronically ill queer archivist from Ōtepoti Dunedin. She is perpetually confused about gender, but currently uses she/her pronouns. She’s worked in the GLAM (Galleries Libraries Archives Museums) sector for around 15 years and is fascinated by peoples of the past – how they were the same as us, and how they were different. She’s also a low-key low-budget foodie, a novice bodyboarder, a frequent napper, an obsessive reader who forgets everything about a book as soon as the cover is closed, an aged learner-driver, and a Snag tights addict.

Published by Joanna

Joanna founded House of Boom in 2018

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