• March 8, 2023
  • 6:00 pm
  • In-Person and Livestream
    California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 03/08/2023 6:00 pm 03/08/2023 America/Los_Angeles On Rewriting the Story of Black Women’s Bodies Join Jessica Wilson for a conversation that challenges us to rethink the politics of body liberation by centering the bodies of Black women in our cultural discussions of self-image, food, health, and wellness. In-Person and Livestream
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Pay What You Can - $10

This event has a suggested price of $10 but we encourage you to pay what feels right for you.

Copies of Jessica's book, It’s Always Been Ours, are available at the button below.

Important Information

Health and Safety*

  • Masks are required for this event.
  • Proof of vaccination is required for this event.
  • If you are not feeling well, we ask that you stay home and enjoy the livestream access instead.

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The contemporary definition of a “good” or “healthy” body has been centuries in the making, but as eating disorder specialist and storyteller Jessica Wilson writes, “the pure, moral, rule-abiding body has never, ever, been a Black woman’s.” Every day, Jessica sees how the pressure to conform to white supremacist ideals of health and beauty constrict and harm women of color.  As a registered dietitian specializing in eating disorders, as a social justice activist, and as a woman with multiple marginalized identities, Jessica’s goal is to end this harm.  

In her latest book, It’s Always Been Ours she uses social and historical analysis, her own learning and unlearning about nutrition, and contemporary storytelling that centers Black women to make the case that “Health” with a capital H and “Wellness” with a capital W are exclusive social constructs that don’t serve anyone. Through her work and writing, Jessica examines the ways that ideas about respectability and restriction have harmed Black women, challenges what it means to have the “right” body, and helps all women understand that a radical reimagining of body narratives is a prerequisite for vibrant well-being. 

Join Jessica for a conversation that challenges us to rethink the politics of body liberation by centering the bodies of Black women in our cultural discussions of self-image, food, health, and wellness.

Jessica Wilson color portrait made into a circle. Jessica is a Black woman with middle-length curly hair. She is smiling and is posing with her left arm bent and her hand resting on her chin.
Jessica Wilson
is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a consultant/activist centering the voices and experiences of those most marginalized in the eating disorder field. She is the co-founder of the #amplifymelanatedvoices movement to elevate content creators—including dietitians, therapists, and body liberation advocates—who are Black, Indigenous or other People of Color. With more than 120,000 followers, her Instagram (@jessicawilson.msrd) has become a clearinghouse for unpacking racist and damaging conceptions about food and bodies.  

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By registering for this event, you are agreeing to abide by any masking or social distancing requirements we may implement at a later date to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. All guidelines will be communicated by email to event attendees in advance of the event.

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