Start your review of Fat Is a Feminist Issue Write a review Shelves: feminist , could-not-finish I have tried reading this several times. I call bullshit. After a while though it really started to make sense for me. Of course it wont Honestly I thought this initially while reading the first few chapters. I expected FIFI to be largely academic discourse on fat and feminism, and was surprised by how much it was an overeating self-help book.
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Start your review of Fat Is a Feminist Issue Write a review Shelves: feminist , could-not-finish I have tried reading this several times. I call bullshit.
After a while though it really started to make sense for me. Of course it wont Honestly I thought this initially while reading the first few chapters. I expected FIFI to be largely academic discourse on fat and feminism, and was surprised by how much it was an overeating self-help book. But I did have a problem with some of the approach and terminology. Particularly in the first book I found myself thinking there was plenty of encouragement to set up self-help groups, but little guidance. This is remedied in the practical follow-up, but it still feels quite vague.
Perhaps this is because a group like this should have a qualified leader. So many of the examples given were great, and very positive, but in real life it just seems so unlikely that a random group can keep everyone on the journey and always been practical and supportive. You might lose weight. You might not. You might live a healthier lifestyle. Now obviously the book is about fat and about why we might make ourselves fat, but for some people overeating is only part of why they are the way they are, and they might be healthier, happier and more confident without losing a pound.
But the self-help?
Fat Is a Feminist Issue
Author Susie Orbach Date published This pioneering anti-diet book is widely agreed to have one of the best titles ever; hardly surprising that it quickly became a bestseller, and is now safely established as a classic. Orbach throws out old-fashioned notions of fat being the price one must pay for a life of greed and sloth. She proposes a vastly more complex thesis: namely, that gender inequality makes women fat. In other words, what your fat says about you, is: "Screw you! She postulates that women get fat because it means they will be taken more "seriously in their working lives outside the home". If they lose weight, they "find themselves being treated frivolously by their male colleagues".
A quick reminder ... Fat is a Feminist Issue
Julia Korbik talked to British psychotherapist Susie Orbach. The European: Miss Orbach, what do you see when looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning? Susie Orbach: Well, sometimes I look energized, sometimes I look tired. In London you are treating people who are generally dissatisfied with their bodies. Where does your interest for the physical, for the body, come from? Before I wrote my latest book, Bodies, in , I thought I would never again write another book about bodies. But I was so concerned about the way bodies were becoming commodities and objects.
Forty years since Fat Is A Feminist Issue
I naively hoped my book would change the world. By analysing and suggesting solutions to body and eating problems, I imagined they would disappear. And inequality is stubborn. Everything was up for being rethought — families, bodies, education, science, medicine, class, racism, money, sex. At school, we were encouraged to compete with boys for Oxbridge places while soaking in knowledge which would, when the time came for marriage, delight and please our husbands.
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