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Fat Is A Feminist Issue

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Women are constantly reminded by every billboard, tube poster and Instagram feed that society, and again men, prefer slimness over fatness. It feels like a very, very long time ago now but I was briefly a member of a feminist book club which fell apart not long after it was formed because most of the members were undergraduates who had to pass exams at the end of the year (their exams turned out not to be about feminism).

Resistance to women participating in modern-day professional sumo tournaments is sometimes considered sexist. Such social pressures have produced generations of women with distorted views of themselves and their bodies. I considered it to be related to feminism in the same way that most types of inequality-fighting activism are interrelated, but I didn’t think much more of it.Fat women of color work to resist fetishization by the male gaze or those giving unwanted health advice, while also creating positive and accepting spaces for themselves. Susie Orbach's Fat is a Feminist Issue, widely considered to be the first fat feminist book, was published in 1978. This reinforces fat phobia by targeting marginalized bodies, meaning fatphobia and homophobia are uniquely intertwined. But despite the fact that one size does not fit all, the desire to conform and to see reflected back in our mirrors an approximation of what we see on billboards, magazines and screens is compelling.

If that young woman comes to parenting, frantic body preoccupation may have so invaded and insinuated itself into her that she will have schemes for managing food and managing appearance. However, sadly and perplexingly, this idea of democracy has simultaneously arisen with a narrowing of the ideals of beauty, so that while people wish to include themselves, they are likely to feel inadequate if they fail to meet that narrow ideal. From as early as five years-old, when little girls copy their favourite pop heroines, through adolescence, early adulthood, mothering, middle age and even old age, preoccupation with how the body appears has became a crucial aspect of female experience.It rejected the societal standards that woman’s social value was determined by how attractive she was for the men in their lives. Many people also incorporate social media into their projects such as Sara Guerts' Red Body Positive Swimsuit Shoot in April 2018, which featured a wide range of body types and disabled people. I’m glad that younger women can now see athletes like Serena Williams and Simone Biles in counterbalance to the distortions of social media.

In 1973, Vivian Mayer and Judy Freespirit released the Fat Liberation Manifesto, [13] which described size discrimination as sexism. It covers a wide range of topics such as diet culture, [4] fat-phobia, [5] representation in media, [5] ableism, [6] and employment discrimination.For women to be treated as people, we need to be seen, heard, and thought of as people, and a collective voice makes that possible. This industry capitalises on the post-Christmas and pre-summer holiday market with unrealistic promises of instant weight loss. Practical self-help manual which aimed to liberate women from feelings of guilt and shame about food and fatness. In the last few years we have seen the idea of beauty democratised to include all people, not just the glamorous, or perhaps it is better to say that glamour has become more readily available and felt to be essential to more and more people. The HAES approach continued developing, and using this method, the Association for Size Diversity and Health was founded in 2003.

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