Riverside, Coyolxauhqui and the Fragmented Muxer: Colonialism, Eating Disorders, and the Goddess Within
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About The Event
Contemporary eating disorder treatments fail to integrate ancestral knowledge and storytelling that can be vital for healing indigenous descended people with troubled eating - (an already underserved population). The medical industrial complex (MIC) fails to address the critical historical factors that have shaped the spefic and negative experiences of BIPOC. Even positive contributions and resiliency from these marginalized communities continues to be shunned by the MIC.
This Nalgona Positivity Pride talk will use Coyolxauhqui’s commonly known as the Aztec moon goddess- story and representation as a medium to better understand womxn’s & femmes, disarrayed relationship with food and spirit.
We will pay homage to the womxn and queer folks before us and go over the different representations of Coyolxauhqui by Xicana queer feminists. We will review the collision between gender and violence that occurred to womxn once European patriarchal colonialism took dominance and, more specifically, analyze how Native peoples relationship to land and food was disrupted. At the end of the talk we will do a group exercise using Coyolxauhqui’s image as a guide to better understand the complexities of colonial feminine/femme subjugation, historical trauma, and to create useful proactive ways for the modern muxer and femme to find healing.
About NPP Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP) is a xicana-indigenous body-positive organization that provides intersectional eating disorders education and community-based support for people of color who are struggling with troubled eating and poor body-image. After not seeing her own experiences reflected and the lack of cultural awareness in the eating disorder world, Gloria Lucas started NPP in 2014 out of an urgent need to create a platform for communities of color and indigenous-descent communities who struggle alone. Gloria first-hand experienced the isolation that comes with being a person of color with an eating disorder and the absence of services for low-income people.
NPP’s line of work focuses on uncovering the impacts of colonialism, social oppression, historical trauma and its role in impairing relationships indigenous-descent people have with food and body-image. NPP’s goal is to help people of color and indigenous descent folks find education and resources for self-empowering, resistance, and healing.
In addition NPP has: - been featured in MiTu, NPR, Bitch Magazine, Remezcla, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Latina, and Bustle.
- spoken in multiple national conferences including The Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference, National Eating Disorders Association, & The Fat Activism Conference
- lectured internationally and has spoken at The University of California, Santa Cruz, The University of Texas at San Antonio, School of Social Work University of Michigan, and the University of California, Los Angeles
- over 100k social media followers
-collaborated with The Body is Not An Apology, Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA,) and Trans-Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (T-Ffed).
Finally, NPP lectures, hosts events, offers business consultation, hosts support groups, and creates social media content as a way to reach out to and empowers the individuals whose bodies are systematically at the margins of white/ mainstream ‘body positivity’ movements.
Gloria Lucas is a Xicana womxn from California and the founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride. Straight from the Inland Empire, the DIY punk community in Riverside taught her to organize and since the age of 18 she has helped create Ladyfest IE, IE Riot Grrrls, and Women of Color for Decolonization. Gloria has a background in sexual health education, HIV/AIDS services, and trauma & substance abuse services for women and transgender folks. In 2014, she founded Nalgona Positivity Pride from years of dealing with the lack of women of color representation in the eating disorder awareness community. Like the womxn of color that came before, she creates spaces for marginalized folks to support each other and heal from the trauma of colonialism, Eurocentric beauty ideals, and disordered eating in communities of color. Gloria’s work has been featured at the Huffington Post, MiTú, Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. She lives SoCal with her two cats, Pepita and Mister Orange. ----------------------------------------------------------- Unforunately, space is on the second floor and there is no access to elevator. Apologies.
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Event is open to all. Presentation content is for a mature audience.
Ticket refunds are only available in the case that cancellation takes place more than 24 hours before event.
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