Letting Go of Herself: Disruption and Possibilities for Living in a Body

Dr. Catherine Baker-Pitts

Sponsored by Alice Drum Women’s Center, Dean of the College, Women and Gender Studies

Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 p.m.

Many of us face a conundrum of embracing desire and living in a body in a diet culture that restricts women's appetites and promotes body shaming to feed fat profits.  The makeover fantasy sold to consumers capitalizes on a dream of belonging in a visual culture that privileges action over reflection, adaptation over acceptance, outer appearance over internal substance. As a result, we are both alienated from and preoccupied with our bodies, and caught in a cycle of hope and disappointment, frustration and shame. This workshop will help participants trace their own body development, recognize their needs, and develop tools for letting go of oppressive ideals that do not reflect their full bodies and minds.  


Dr. Catherine Baker-Pitts is a leading expert on the intersection of the body, gender, visual culture, and technology.  She is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Co-Director of the postgraduate training program at The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute.  She earned her doctorate and now her postdoctorate degrees at NYU, and has studied in psychoanalytic institutes in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and NYC.  She was a founding member of the National Eating Disorders Association, and she serves on the editorial board of Eating Disorders Journal of Treatment and Prevention and Sexualities.

This event is open to the public.

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