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Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Would I recommend this book? No As a historical perspective on where the American culture's negative ideas about fat originated, the start of the book was interesting. However, before hitting the middle of the book, the author has introduced all the ideas she's going to put forth. I barely made it through the chapter on feminism. It was a broken record. As though I didn't believe her and repeating, repeating, repeating was going to convince me that her conjectures were correct. I didn't feel as though the book focused on today. As I mentioned above, for a historical perspective, the book was interesting. For a way to deal with and work through the pressing issues of today fueling negative feelings and attitudes towards fat, I felt it was lacking. I was hoping for a book that explored America's views of fat as unhealthy. A book that could explore the idea that you can be healthy (have good cholesterol levels, blood pressure, be active, etc.) without being a size 2-- a topic allude to in the brief story of a jazzercise attendee, but not given its due attention. I also felt the author ignored the topic of "attractiveness." She argues the feminists of the 1920s felt fat women were "unfit for citizenship" because only thin women appeared in their propaganda. Meanwhile, I believe the real issue is the same as only thin women appearing on the cover of magazines today-- Beauty sells and thin is considered beautiful. Why? How can we change that? How untrue is that entire notion? These are the things I would've liked answered. These are the arguements I had hoped to walk away more knowledgeable and better able to speak to after reading this book. In short, (even if the topics were a bullseye for me) I wouldn't recommend it simply due to the constructions of the arguements, the focus on feminism and the repeition of the same ideas and examples.
Why the hell does this book exist