The Fat Studies Reader
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.
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What Is Fat Studies? The Social
Where Does Fat History Go from Here?
Fat Studies in Health and Medicine
What Is Health at Every Size?
Widening the Dialogue to Narrow the Gap in Health
The Fat Gene the Gay Gene and the New Eugenics
Canadian Provincial Governments and Fat on the Web
Disappeared Feminist Discourses
Food Flesh and Hispanic
Placing Fat Women on Center Stage
Female Sexuality Tourist Postcards and
How Fat Women Are
The Iconic Power of the Big Butt
Fat Suits and Thin Bodies
Embodying and Embracing Fatness
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and
Fat Youth as Common Targets for Bullying
Fat Oppression as a
Shared Struggles in Fat and Transgender Law
Airplane Seats and Fat Bodies as Contested Spaces
Neoliberalism and the Constitution of Contemporary Bodies
What and How Are They Teaching About Us?
Sizeism in Popular Culture and Literature
Fat Girls Need Fiction