Episode 193: Belly of the beast w/ Da'shaun L. Harrison

For today’s episode, BhD welcomes Da’Shaun Harrison, a Black trans writer, abolitionist, and community organizer in Atlanta, GA. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Wear Your Voice Magazine, Da’Shaun also recently published their debut title, Belly of the Beast, which tackles the relationship between anti-fatness and anti-blackness. The conversation explores writing as a tool for change (24:30), the concept of abolition (26:50), and the importance of moving beyond the gender binary (30:30). Additionally, they discuss Da’Shaun’s motivation for writing Belly of the Beast (35:15), the problematic ways that we define health (41:50), the implications of anti-fatness (51:25), and issues with the body positive movement (56:32).

Other Topics:

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne

05:00 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

19:45 - Introduction of the Topic

22:52 - Learn More about Da’Shaun Harrison

1:11:00 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


  • BhD Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/bhdpodcast

  • Da’Shaun Harrison website - https://dashaunharrison.com

  • Twitter | Instagram - @DaShaunLH

  • Belly of the Beast:

  • Penguin Random House - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670607/belly-of-the-beast-by-dashaun-harrison/

  • North Atlantic Books - https://www.northatlanticbooks.com/shop/belly-of-the-beast/

  • Rofhiwa Book Cafe - https://rofhiwabooks.com

  • Charis Books - https://www.charisbooksandmore.com

  • Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/213837/are-prisons-obsolete-by-angela-y-davis/

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