The Fat Studies Reader

Front Cover
Esther D. Rothblum, Sondra Solovay
NYU Press, Nov 4, 2009 - Social Science - 365 pages

Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology

Winner of the 2010 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women’s Studies from the Popular Culture Association

We have all seen the segments on television news shows: A fat person walking on the sidewalk, her face out of frame so she can't be identified, as some disconcerting findings about the "obesity epidemic" stalking the nation are read by a disembodied voice. And we have seen the movies—their obvious lack of large leading actors silently speaking volumes. From the government, health industry, diet industry, news media, and popular culture we hear that we should all be focused on our weight. But is this national obsession with weight and thinness good for us? Or is it just another form of prejudice—one with especially dire consequences for many already disenfranchised groups?

For decades a growing cadre of scholars has been examining the role of body weight in society, critiquing the underlying assumptions, prejudices, and effects of how people perceive and relate to fatness. This burgeoning movement, known as fat studies, includes scholars from every field, as well as activists, artists, and intellectuals. The Fat Studies Reader is a milestone achievement, bringing together fifty-three diverse voices to explore a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats, this collection covers it all.

Edited by two leaders in the field, The Fat Studies Reader is an invaluable resource that provides a historical overview of fat studies, an in-depth examination of the movement's fundamental concerns, and an up-to-date look at its innovative research.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

What Is Fat Studies? The Social
9
Where Does Fat History Go from Here?
15
Fat Studies in Health and Medicine
23
What Is Health at Every Size?
42
Widening the Dialogue to Narrow the Gap in Health
54
The Fat Gene the Gay Gene and the New Eugenics
65
Canadian Provincial Governments and Fat on the Web
88
Disappeared Feminist Discourses
97
Food Flesh and Hispanic
241
Placing Fat Women on Center Stage
249
Female Sexuality Tourist Postcards and
256
How Fat Women Are
263
The Iconic Power of the Big Butt
271
Fat Suits and Thin Bodies
280
Media Representations
289
Embodying and Embracing Fatness
297

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and
106
Fat Youth as Common Targets for Bullying
120
PartTime Fatso
139
Fat Oppression as a
151
Shared Struggles in Fat and Transgender Law
167
Airplane Seats and Fat Bodies as Contested Spaces
176
Neoliberalism and the Constitution of Contemporary Bodies
187
What and How Are They Teaching About Us?
213
Sizeism in Popular Culture and Literature
221
Fat Girls Need Fiction
231
Embodying Fat Liberation
305
Aerobics for Fat Women Only
312
Creating Women of Substance
320
Maybe It Should Be Called Fat American Studies
327
Are We Ready to Throw Our Weight Around?
334
Fat Liberation Manifesto November 1973
341
About the Contributors
351
Index
359
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Esther D. Rothblum is Professor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She is the editor or co-editor of over twenty books, including Overcoming Fear of Fat.

Sondra Solovay is an attorney, adjunct professor of law, content developer, and activist focusing on weight-related issues, diversity, and the law. She runs the Fat Legal Advocacy, Rights, and Education Project and is the author of Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based Discrimination. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Marilyn Wann is Founder of the FAT! SO? 'zine and author of FAT! SO?: Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size!

Bibliographic information