Fat and Proud: The Politics of Size

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Women's Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Social Science - 216 pages
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In Fat and Proud, activist Charlotte Cooper charts the evolution of the fat rights movement. Demonstrating the extent of "fatphobia" in society, she explains not only how it affects fat women, but how the fear of being fat oppresses all women. She also looks at health issues, challenging the "medicalization" of fat people and exposing the myths and dangers of dieting and thinness. Throughout are the voices of fat women relating their experiences of discrimination and pain—but also their affirmations of positive self-image and esteem. Fat and Proud represents a coming to power of the fat rights movement; it calls for a greater appreciation of body-size diversity, so that all of us might live in and enjoy our bodies without fear or shame.

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This book talks about fat hatred and how fat acceptance and fat activism are the appropriate response. Contrary to the title, the fat people interviewed do not seem to be proud, and nor does fat acceptance seem in any way cohesive. As a result of this, the only politics presented are the schisms in fat political movements (not the poltics that contribute to the status of fat people in our society). Mostly, this book read as one long whine of "don't hate us because we're fat", which, while I agree with the sentiment (no-one ought to be ridiculed, hated, or denied medical treatment because of their size) is an unattractive presentation of a real right. 


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