The ‘Fat’ Female Body

The ‘Fat’ Female Body

Samantha Murray

Language: English

Pages: 200


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Exploring the rapidly increasing interest in obesity and fatness, this book engages with dominant ideas about "fatness" and analyses the assumptions that inform anti-fat attitudes in the West, looking at the intersection of medicine and morality in pathologizing "fat" bodies.

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a sign of refusal, defiance and resistance. In the context, then, of Sedgwick's dream, one might argue that the 'pink triangle' that replaces a size number that is necessarily stigmatised is significant, in that it enables Sedgwick to reposition herself positively in relation to pathologising discourses and their histories, to assert some agency in her own becoming, to be 'extremely cheerful', to become divine. Indeed, the figure of 'the divine' (also the figure of Divine, the notorious drag

read as a virtual confession, it is 98 The 'Fat' Female Body nevertheless possible and, in fact, politically desirable, to "[come] out as a fat woman" (Sedgwick, 1993, p. 230). So, what does Sedgwick's brand of 'coming out as fat' look like? How is that process enacted by the 'fat' woman? Should I say: "Hi, my name is Sam - I'm FAT, and that's FABULOUS, don't you reckon?" Following Sedgwick's advice, then, would require nominating myself as 'fat' voluntarily at the start of every interaction.

which would be able to take into account the pleasure of the other? Is the pleasure of the other something which can be integrated in our pleasure? (in Rabinow, 1984, p. 346). Here, Foucault poses a problematic question of whether, in fact, the pleasure of the other can be incorporated into our own pleasure. However, this seems to erase difference and attempts to normalise the experience of pleasure, even as it appears to be other-oriented. 19 To further illustrate these claims, I want to examine

from the mind, and that our bodies exist only as objects amongst other objects. Rather, it is in and through our bodies that we rise towards a world, and that we have a world. The body-subject for Merleau-Ponty is purposeful and makes meaning in-the-world. Merleau-Ponty, however, escapes the problematic understandings of the subject as an individualist, autonomous being. Rather, Merleau-Ponty, through his exegesis of perception, our acquisition of a corporeal schema, habit formation, and the

section (and the volume of food it can potentially hold). There are a number of surgical variations on gastric bypass surgery, depending on the method of intestinal reconnection. The result of this surgery then is to radically limit the amount of food a patient can ingest, thereby reducing the calories absorbed by the body, resulting in rapid and dramatic weight loss. However, these bariatric procedures have, in some instances, resulted in complications ranging from digestive distress (abdominal

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