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Dr. Martina Shabram on freaks in society and why you should proudly be one

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Dr. Martina Shabram on freaks in society and why you should proudly be one

Freak bodies, societal norms, ableism, and why your doctor is often wrong, on Episode 3 of the Bawdy Love Podcast.

When we as a society deem “healthy” bodies as right and worthy, and “unhealthy” bodies as gross and wrong, we set all of us up for failure. Because like it or not, all health is temporary. Not only is all health temporary, but most people cannot and will not ever attain these subjective standards of health that we put on all of us. What does this standard do for the worth of someone born with a disease, fighting cancer, or using a wheelchair? Are they less valuable?

In our interview, Dr. Martina Shabram and I discuss what happens to the psyche of society as a whole when we are constantly being told our bodies are not good enough, that happiness, love and worth are all attainable only if we eat less and exercise more, that our value can be judged by our size, that our worth resides in the ableness of our bodies.

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Topics covered in this conversation include:

the medical establishment, body-image, self-worth, freaks in society, social norms, ability rights, disability rights, ableism, sizeism, health, chronic illness, health standards, weight loss

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Quotables from this episode:

  • “We label people who are different as “freaks” so we can justify treating them as less than human.” #BawdyLove
  • “There are some definite benefits to standing up and saying “I’m a bad freak and I’m not going to change for you.” #BawdyLove
  • “The medical establishment treats bodies as a conglomeration of problems that need fixing, when we are whole humans.” #BawdyLove

 

More About Dr. Martina Shabram

Martina Shabram has a PhD in English Literature with special expertise in disability studies, cultural studies, and science fiction. Her work focuses on pain, embodiment, and kinship, which means that she’s interested in how bodies come to belong in the world. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA with her husband and dog. Find her writing at The Liminal Logbook (https://liminallogbook.wordpress.com/) or follow her on twitter (@smartasaurus).

Connect more with Lauren and the Bawdy Love revolution:

Bawdy Love is a revolution, one full of people audacious enough to stand up and say “I am worthy of love as I am right here, right now, no exceptions. My body deserves to be seen, my voice deserves to be heard. I will not shrink. I will expand and thrive.”

Are you in?

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