Babe Camp is all about challenging the vagaries of diet culture and the damage it's done to our self-esteem. Going in, I knew that diet culture was terrible and that diets had never worked for me long-term, so some of the initial information reinforced what I already knew or had guessed. But the really interesting part was the political and cultural contribution to diet culture. Until I participated in Babe Camp, I'd never thought to consider the political reasons behind the valuation of some bodies as "better" or "worse".
As it turns out, there's a lot to be gained by locking women in a battle with their bodies. It keeps them busy making up for their purported "failures", and obedient to the higher power of neoliberal capitalist values. If a woman is busy atoning for her body and trying to make it thinner, whiter, prettier -- more "acceptable", then she less likely to have the time to stage a revolution. You can sell us on our fear. We will buy things to help us Until we aren't afraid anymore. And thanks to Babe Camp, I'm not afraid anymore.
(I know this is not news Naomi Wolf, but Babe Camp made me think about this even more and figure out ways to actually resist.)
If you want to read more, check out Virgie's article on why she is a fat, anti-assimilationist. It's super good, and explains the war on our bodies and why we must resist. Also, it points out that it's much more difficult and complex for POCs, a point I think is very important. I have certain privilege as a white woman that I want to acknowledge -- there's still a war against my body, but for women of color, it's even more aggravated.
Good news! If you'd like to do Babe Camp, it's only $99, and there's a rad one coming up centered around the holidays - a time of a lot of food stress. It's running November 9th - December 5th and you can check out the deets here: Babe Camp #3!
I had a great time, and I think you might too, if you don't like diet culture and want to learn more about coping with all that business.