Unpacking Madness and Fatness: Cure & Control vs Autonomy & Freedom
with Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman
Monday, July 29th from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty
Wheelchair Accessible Venue | ASL Interpretation Provided
Let’s talk about health. How do you define health? What does health look like? How do you use health in your every day life? During this workshop Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman will discuss how health is a social construct and how our understanding of health is anchored more so on shame and morality than avoiding mortality. We are taught at a young age that certain bodies and brains (and this isn’t a secret, we ALL know what these individuals look like) have intrinsically more value than others, and that attaining and accessing these bodies and brains should be our primary goal in life. This mentality further argues that if we are labeled “unhealthy” in order to belong we need to be “cured.” Even if we can’t be. Even if we don’t want to be. This workshop unpacks the social construct of health specifically through the lens of madness and fatness with the explicit goal of redefining cure, control, autonomy, and freedom. And of course, there will be snacks!
Introducing for 2019 - Inside Our Minds’ Radical Mental Health Series, monthly workshops in the Pittsburgh area that will focus on a social justice perspective of mental illness. This series was made possible through funding from the Opportunity Fund.
Radical mental health is a dynamic and innovative term that describes how individuals and groups are finding new ways to understand and conceptualize mental health, mental illness, madness, and trauma. Radical mental health supports more inclusive and diverse perspectives on mental health, prioritizing the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness as educators and experts. Those of us who identify as having lived experience face significant discrimination, oppression, and sanism in our society, yet our concerns are often unheard due to social exclusion and a lack of general public awareness. The Radical Mental Health Series will address this problem by educating the public and providing a space for open discussion of radical mental health and the problems facing our community.
With this new series, we hope to reach new community members in the Pittsburgh area and build a community of support for people with lived experience of mental illness and madness, where people can learn about their rights, personal freedoms, and shared experiences. We hope this event will bring together people with and without lived experience of mental illness and madness, to promote shared understanding and anti-oppressive practices in our society.
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Learn More About Dustin's Work Here
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View The Livestream Here
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Missed The Workshop? Check Out Sara's Upcoming Events Here