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National Speaker Jes Baker coming to Shawnee State University


March 23, 2016


Jes Baker will speak at 7:30 pm on March 23 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

National speaker, Jes Baker, presents, “Change the World, Love Your Body: The Social Impact of Body Love,” at Shawnee State University at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Her presentation is about challenging the idea that being thin is the key to being happy and successful. Baker’s presentation is about promoting body love and challenging the modeling industry’s obsession with thinness. She has created her own visual campaigns, as well as collaborating with clothing companies (ModCloth, Hips and Curves, SWAK Designs, Lola Getts and many more) to reflect realistic bodies.

“The way we view our bodies impacts the way we interact with the world,” said Baker.

Outside of being a national speaker, Baker is also a fiery body advocate, body image blogger, mental health professional, self-love enthusiast, feminist, and author.

Her blog, The Militant Baker, has over half a million views and has been covered by some of media’s biggest platforms, such as BBC, CNN, Today Show, ABC, Time Magazine, Buzzfeed and New York Magazine. Topics range from delightful ones to uncomfortable ones, including equality, feminism rants and rape culture. Baker’s blog is a place that offers fresh and colorful perspective in today’s gender bent, body-loathing society.

Baker recently published Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living. Her book highlights people of all sizes to fight fat prejudice and body shaming by challenging the concept that thinness equals happiness.

When not blogging or speaking at different universities, Baker works on the Body Love Conference- an event that brings together some of the largest names in body advocacy for a weekend of radical workshops and conversations around the subject of body love and what it means to each participant.

Admission to Baker’s presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information on Baker, visit: http://www.themilitantbaker.com/p/about.html.

For more information about the event, contact the SSU Women’s Center at (740) 351-3738.

The event is sponsored by The Leslie Williams Symposium for the Advancement of Women and the SSU Women’s Center.


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