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.
Foreword : fat studies: an invitation to revolution / Marilyn Wann -- Introduction / Sandra Solovay and Esther Rothblum -- The inner corset : a brief history of fat in the United States / Laura Fraser -- Fattening queer history : where does fat history go from here? / Elena Levy-Navarro -- Does social class explain the connection between weight and health? / Paul Ernsberger -- Is "permanent weight loss" an oxymoron? The statistics on weight loss and the national weight control registry / Glenn Gaesser -- What is "health at every size"? / Deb Burgard -- Widening the dialogue to narrow the gap in health disparities : approaches to fat black lesbian and bisexual women's health promotion / Bianca D.M. Wilson -- Quest for a cause: the fat gene, the gay gene, and the new eugenics / Kathleen LeBesco -- Prescription for harm : diet industry influence, public health policy, and the "obesity epidemic" / Pat Lyons -- Public fat : Canadian provincial governments and fat on the web / Laura Jennings -- That remains to be said : disappeared feminist discourses on fat in dietetic theory and practice / Lucy Aphramor and Jacqui Gingras -- Fatness (in)visible : polycystic ovarian syndrome and the rhetoric of normative femininity / Christina Fisanick -- Fat kids, working moms, and the "epidemic of obesity" : race, class, and mother blame / Natalie Boero -- Fat youth as common targets for bullying / Jacqueline Weinstock and Michelle Krehbiel -- Bon bon fatty girl : a qualitative exploration of weight bias in Singapore / Maho Isono, Patti Lou Watkins, and Lee Ee Lian -- Part-time fatso / S. Bear Bergman -- Double stigma : fat men and their male admirers / Nathaniel C. Pyle and Michael I. Loewy -- The shape of abuse : fat oppression as a form of violence against women / Tracy Royce -- Fat women as "easy targets" : achieving masculinity through hogging / Ariane Prohaska and Jeannine Gailey -- No apology : shared struggles in fat and transgender law / Dylan Vade and Sondra Solovay -- Access to the sky : airplane seats and fat bodies as contested spaces / Joyce L. Huff -- Neoliberalism and the constitution of contemporary bodies / Julie Guthman -- Sitting pretty : fat bodies, classroom desks, and academic excess / Ashley Hetrick and Derek Attig -- Stigma threat and the fat professor: reducing student prejudice in the classroom / Elena Andrea Escalera -- Fat stories in the classroom : what and how are they teaching about us? / Susan Koppelman -- Fat girls and size queens : alternative publications and the visualizing of fat and queer eroto-politics in contemporary American culture / Stefanie Snider -- Fat girls need fiction / Susan Stinson -- Fat heroines in chick-lit: gateway to acceptance in the mainstream? / Lara Frater -- The fat of the (border)land : food, flesh, and Hispanic masculinity in Willa Cather's 'Death Comes for the Archbishop' / Julia McCrossin -- Placing fat women on center stage / JuliaGrace Jester -- "The white man's burden" : female sexuality, tourist postcards, and the place of the fat woman in early 20th century U.S. culture / Amy Farrell -- The Roseanne Benedict Arnolds: how fat women are betrayed by their celebrity icons / Beth Bernstein and Matilda St. John -- Jiggle in my walk: the iconic power of the "big butt" in American pop culture / Wendy A. Burns-Ardolino -- Seeing through the layers : fat suits and thin bodies in 'the Nutty Professor' and 'Shallow Hal' / Katharina R. Mendoza -- Controlling the body : media representations, body size, and self-discipline / Dina Giovanelli and Stephen Ostertag -- "I'm allowed to be a sexual being" : the distinctive social conditions of the fat burlesque stage / D. Lacy Asbill -- Embodying fat liberation / Heather McAllister -- Not Jane Fonda : aerobics for fat women only / Jenny Ellison -- Exorcising the exercise myth: creating women of substance / Dana Schuster and Lisa Tealer -- Maybe it should be called fat American studies / Charlotte Cooper -- Are we ready to throw our weight around? Fat studies and political activism / Deb Burgard, Elana Dykewomon, Esther Rothblum, and Pattie Thomas -- Appendix A : fat liberation manifesto, November 1973 / Judy Freespirit and Aldebaran.
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edited by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay
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XXVII, 365 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.
Includes bibliographical references and index.- Text englisch