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Left Bank Books welcomes nonbinary abolitionist and organizer Da'Shaun Harrison, who will discuss their highly anticipated new book, Belly of the Beast, on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 12. Harrison will be in conversation with acclaimed poet & finalist for the National Book Award Danez Smith. Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! About Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness Exploring the intersections of Blackness, gender, fatness, health, and the violence of policing. To live in a body both fat and Black is to exist at the margins of a society that creates the conditions for anti-fatness as anti-Blackness. Hyper-policed by state and society, passed over for housing and jobs, and derided and misdiagnosed by medical professionals, fat Black people in the United States are subject to sociopolitically sanctioned discrimination, abuse, condescension, and trauma. In Belly of the Beast, Da'Shaun Harrison--a fat, Black, disabled, and nonbinary trans writer--offers an incisive, fresh, and precise exploration of anti-fatness as anti-Blackness. They foreground the state-sanctioned murders of fat Black men and trans and nonbinary masculine people in historical analysis. Policing, disenfranchisement, and invisibilizing of fat Black men and trans and nonbinary masculine people are pervasive, insidious ways that anti-fat anti-Blackness shows up in everyday life. Fat people can be legally fired in 49 states for being fat; they're more likely to be houseless. Fat people die at higher rates from misdiagnosis or nontreatment; fat women are more likely to be sexually assaulted. And at the intersections of fatness, Blackness, disability, and gender, these abuses are exacerbated. Taking on desirability politics, the limitations of gender, the connection between anti-fatness and carcerality, a
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