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    Feminism, Gender, Social Movements and Everyday Resistance
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Everyone Should Be Fatactivists or Fat-Allies

Published Online: 03 Apr 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 7 (2020) - Issue 1 (July 2020) - Feminism, Gender, Social Movements and Everyday Resistance
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Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2246-3755
First Published
01 Nov 2014
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

FATPHOBIA IS UBIQUITOUS. FATPHOBIA IS A STRUCTURE IN SOCIETY. AND IT AFFECTS THE LIVES OF FAT PEOPLE IN WAYS THAT ARE DAMAGING TO THEIR HEALTH AND CAN CAUSE MAJOR INEQUITIES. THIS ARTICLE MAPS OUT FATPHOBIA AS EVER PRESENT THROUGH THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CULTURE – NO TIME PERIOD EXCEPTIONS – AND IT EXAMINES A VERY IMPORTANT REPORT FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) CONCERNING THE HEALTH HAZARD AND SOCIAL INEQUITIES CAUSED BY FATPHOBIA. SHAKESPEARE’S FATJOKES AND THE EVER PRESENCE OF SHAPEWEAR AND ALL THE PORTRAITS OF JESUS AS A THIN, WHITE MAN SHOW US 5,000 YEARS OF CULTIVATED FATMISIA. THAT IS WHY WHO HAS WRITTEN A REPORT URGING DOCTORS AND OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO TREAT FAT PATIENTS WITH EMPATHY AND SENSITIVITY LIKE THEY WOULD THIN PATIENTS. IN MAPPING OUT A STRUCTURE THAT DEHUMANISES PEOPLE OF SIZE, I BRING IN A FEW EXAMPLES FROM MY OWN LIFE AS A FAT PERSON AND AS A FATACTIVIST. EXISTING WHILE FAT IN A WORLD THAT HATES FATNESS IS HARD WORK.

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