Savala Nolan is a lawyer, writer, and professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is the author of Don't Let it Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender and the Body, and her writing has been featured in Vogue, Time, the Huffington Post, Shape, and Harper's Magazine. She is also the Executive Director for the Thelton E. Henderson Centre for Social Justice at UC Berkeley.
In this episode, Dana and Elizabeth talk with Savala about her book, which is based on her personal experiences with race, gender, and body size. Our conversation covers a lot of ground, including interracial friendships, intersectional identities, and the cumulative impact of diet culture. Savala also shares her ideas on how schools can be more inclusive places for students, and thanks a special teacher in her life. This episode is part of our weight-neutral wellbeing mini-series.
- Savala's website, her book Don't Let it Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender and the Body, and her Instagram and Twitter
- Savala's conversation with Lala Saad on the Good Ancestor podcast
- Beyoncé's song "Freedom"
- Sabrina Strings' website and her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
- Naomi Wolf's book The Beauty Myth
- Articles by Audre Lorde, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Sander Gilman that Savala mentions in the conversation