Speaking

Sonalee Rashatwar (she/they), MSW, LCSW, MEd is an award-winning social worker, sex therapist, adjunct lecturer, and grassroots organizer. Based in Philly, she is a fat queer nonbinary therapist working as a sexual violence crisis counselor, specializing in treating sexual trauma, body image issues, racial or immigrant identity issues, and South Asian family systems, while offering fat and body positive sexual healthcare.

Some topics Sonalee can touch upon include:

  • Unlearning Fatphobia — Unpacking the way fatphobia and diet culture controls our lives and dehumanizes fat people.

  • How Fat Queers the Body — Unpacking the ways fat intersects gender.

  • South Asian Mental Health — Discussing how mental health should be prioritized in South Asian family systems and communities.

  • Health is a Social Construct — A thorough discussion on the ways colonialism has created the gender and health norms we live by today.

  • Healing from Fat Trauma — Understanding the many ways body image abuse and trauma should be considered in our healing journeys.

 
 

 

Featured Presentations & Keynotes

The 2nd annual Explore More Summit kicks off with 30 intimate talks on sexuality, kink, relationships, body love, oppression, emotional intelligence, and so very much more held on March 8, 2017.

Sukriti K Dabral & Sonalee Rashatwar, and Dr. Betsy Crane at 8th Annual Careers in Sexuality Conference: Becoming A Changemaker, at Widener University on Oct. 23, 2015

 

 

Past Talks

2018

  • Unpacking 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.

  • Presented on National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Presented on Taking a Trauma-informed Sex Hxstory at the National Association of Social Workers-NJ Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.

  • Presented on Diet Culture and Body Image at University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.

  • Presented on Race and Body Image at University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.

  • Presented on National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Presented on Expanding the #MeToo Movement at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

2017

  • 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.

  • The Revolution will be Potluck: 10 Steps to Building a Queer Femme Collective in the South Asian Diaspora at South Asian

2016

  • 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.

  • Anti-Carceral Community Accountability & Substance Use at East Coast Solidarity Summer in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.

  • 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

2015

  • Presented on Disability Justice at East Coast Solidarity Summer in New Brunswick, NJ.

  • Decolonizing Sex Positivity at SEXx Interactive in Philadelphia, PA.

  • The Implications of the Fat Positivity Movement on Sexuality at SEXx Interactive in Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

PAYMENT AND TRAVEL POLICY

In addition to Sonalee’s speaking fee, travel, accommodations and transportation is also asked to be covered. Travel arrangements can be made on Sonalee’s behalf by the host organization, or they can be reimbursed for these expenses.

 

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