“Thinness is a white supremacist beauty ideal.”
An award-winning social worker known on Instagram as “The Fat Sex Therapist” said Thursday during a lecture at St. Olaf College she was not surprised “that the man who shot up Christchurch, New Zealand was also a fitness instructor,” which was a sentiment informed by her belief that “Nazis really love this idea of an idealized body.”
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“It makes a lot of sense to me that a fitness instructor…might also think about an idealized body in this thin white supremacist way,” the sometime adjunct lecturer averred.
Rashatwar’s comments came as part of a two-hour-long speech on the subject of “radical fat liberation,” sponsored by St. Olaf College’s Wellness Center, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and Center for Equity and Inclusion, Campus Reform reported.
The former adjunct faculty member at Widener University urged her audience to “politicize” their definition of body image, claiming that “oftentimes we actually get stuck thinking of it from a white supremacist lens.”
Rashatwar rejected “the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable” suggesting that it wasn’t necessarily her “fatness” that was responsible for her high blood pressure, but rather her “experience of weight stigma.”
She also claimed that it was “fatphobia” that was responsible for her inability to get more “right swipes on Tinder.”
According to Rashatwar, science, especially of the “fatphobic” variety, is “often actually eugenic science” thereby making it “Nazi science.” She was, however, persuaded by scientific research that supports her conclusions about weight loss – “what we’re discovering scientifically is that that’s not possible,” Rashatwar claimed.
Rashatwar’s views on fat issues appear to be an extension of her broader work as an activist. On her website, she touts her role as a community organizer and a “a sought-after speaker who travels internationally to curate custom visual workshops that whisper to our change-making spirit and nourish our vision for a more just future.”
During her St. Olaf’s talk, she called on students to challenge all authority – legal, scientific, prisons and police. Rashatwar explained to her audience how she lives out her resistance ideals in her role as therapist, where she defies a code of ethics that strictly forbids her to have physical contact with clients.
“I will never live by a professional code of ethics that tells me what I am allowed and not allowed to do with my body,” she said.
While her ideas may seem radical to many, Rashatwar appears to revel in her capacity as uber-progressive provocateur. The “About” section of her website contains a link to a March 2018 article from Breitbart, a conservative outlet known for its criticism of radically left views such as Rashatwar’s.
The Breitbart article reports on a quote attributed to Rashatwar, in which she declares, “Thinness is a white supremacist beauty ideal.”
Rashatwar’s militant stance on fat positivity reflects a growing segment of the progressive movement that many would argue is becoming increasingly more radical, particularly on college campuses. Its adherents are steeped in the rhetoric of woke-ness and well-versed in identity politics doctrine, but critics allege the movement is out of touch, overly fixated on the purported sins of white Americans and at-times borders on the absurd.
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