Health & Medicine

'No Fats, No Femmes' documentary to explore the 'politics of desirability'

Los Angeles Times

Seeing the frequency of such language inspired Lewis years later to create a feature-length documentary to interrogate and explore race, desire and body image, and the ways in which they're informed by media, pop culture and capitalism. The Times spoke with Lewis, who's known online as Fat Femme, following his-her recent West Coast visit about the documentary -- which is slated for a 2017 completion date -- how people "fail gender" and how gender deviant and trans people fit into the Black Lives Matter movement. The "no fats, no femmes" ideology is often used by gay men [on dating sites] situating their desires within a framework that excludes particular kinds of bodies, mostly those fat, feminine, disabled, HIV positive and the list goes on. How do the topics you're raising in "No Fats, No Femmes" intersect with the Black Lives Matter movement, and what seems like the exclusion of black trans and gender nonconforming people in that movement?

Cambridge Science Festival hailed best ever after 60,000 flock to events


Cambridge University, which runs the events, said the festival's main theme, artificial intelligence, sparked "considerable interest". The James Dyson Foundation gave people engineering challenges, including making a functioning chair out of nothing but cardboard, and crowds flocked to the Whittle Laboratory to see how jet engines produce such awesome power. Festival co-ordinator Dr Lucinda Spokes said: "On the final day, and to mark Addenbrooke's 250th anniversary, thousands of people visited the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to attend talks, demonstrations and exhibitions showcasing the medical research taking place in Cambridge. "The success of these events is also due to the thousands of visitors who attended the talks, debates and performances and those who got involved with the hands-on, interactive experiences – they all make the Science Festival what it is."