Sonalee Rashatwar (she/they) LCSW MEd has been public speaking since high school, curating multimedia presentations debunking fad diets and analyzing the fatphobic misogyny of 1970’s Bollywood cinema using wit and humor. Sonalee curates custom visual presentations using images and narratives that will stay with you long after her soothing voice leaves the room. Her work is centered around asking ourselves the tough, deeply personal questions that invite us to interrogate our internalized oppressors so that we may become structural ambassadors in tearing down all hegemonies.
Some workshops Sonalee has prepared recently include:
Unlearning Fatphobia — Unpacking the ways fatphobia and diet culture control our lives and dehumanize fat people.
Race is a Body Image issue — Politicizing our understanding of body image, while offering ways to unlearn fatphobia. (popular choice)
How Fat Queers the Body — Unpacking the ways fat intersect gender.
South Asian Mental Health — Discussing the unique ways mental health is treated in South Asian family systems, castes, and communities.
Health is a Social Construct — Unpacking the ways colonialism has created the gender and health norms we live by today.
Healing from Fat Trauma — Learning ways to process body image abuse and trauma in our healing journeys.
Fatphobia as a Clinical Issue — Helping clinicians understand how to work with fat clients and deconstruct fatphobic beliefs in therapy.
Fatphobia as a Sexological Issue — Helping clinicians understand the sexological impacts of fatphobia and diet culture.
Featured Podcast Interviews
“Anti-diet social worker and sex therapist Sonalee Rashatwar joins us to discuss body policing, the non-consensual nature of dieting for many kids, how body size gets treated as a marker of class status and cultural assimilation, how gender identity changes people’s relationships with food, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether there are any reasons to focus on fullness other than fatphobia, and whether a particular statement in the book Intuitive Eating is fatphobic.” - Christy Harrison MPH RD CDN
“Welcome to episode 87 of the Sexology Podcast, today I’m joined by Sonalee Rashatwar who talks to us about the concept of sexual colonization and what it means, the ways in which sexuality and low desire can be affected by the societal demands of needing to have “the perfect body” and what we can do to create more body inclusive sex education.” - Dr. Nazanin Moali PhD
Race is a Body image Issue at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA.
South Asian Family Systems, Trauma, and Pleasure at Pomona College, CA.
Unlearning Fatphobia at University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Pleasure Principle: Finding Pleasure in the Age of #MeToo at the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.
Unlearning Fatphobia and Diet Culture at Widener University in Chester, PA.
Expanding the Sexological Understandings of Body Image at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) in Denver, CO.
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Taking a Trauma-informed Sex Hxstory at the National Association of Social Workers-NJ Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
Diet Culture and Body Image at University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.
Race is a Body Image Issue at University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Expanding the #MeToo Movement at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.
Body Justice: Understanding the Intersection of Body Image and Race at National Renfrew Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Gender isn’t Real and Neither is Health at SEXx Interactive in Philadelphia, PA.
Body Inclusive Sex Ed: Exploring the Connection Between Body Image and Sex Education at National Sex Education Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
How to Support Sexual Assault Survivors at Haverford College in Haverford, PA.
Unlearning White Supremacist Sex Positivity at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in Alexandria, VA.
Decolonizing Sexual Positivity: A Practical Guide at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Selected to present Engaging Diversity Opening Plenary Keynote on The Colonization of Sex Positivity at the American Association of Sexuality
Decolonizing Sex Positivity at SEXx Interactive in Philadelphia, PA.
PAYMENT AND TRAVEL POLICY
Sonalee’s requested speaking fee includes travel and accommodation costs.
In general, travel arrangements should not be made on Sonalee’s behalf by the host organization due to her disability needs.