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September Book Group-- Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture

  • Sep 24, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Author: Amy Farrell

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Join us for our monthly book group discussion.  We meet at 6:30, chat, start introductions at 6:45 and begin talking about the discussion questions. We finish the discussion around 8:10, collect donations for Meetup fees and then we pick a book to read two months in advance.

***Please bring book ideas for November; the topic is the history of feminism.***

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  • Sabrina

    Hi! Here are some thoughts to get the conversation going tomorrow:

    Was anyone stunned with the LONG historical account of fat-shaming in American culture?

    Can objective medical research and healthcare exist when fatness has been considered culturally nonviable with civilization (and humanity) for the past century? What are the implications for what we are being told and how we are treated?

    Farrell talked a lot about fat hate’s role in first and second wave feminism. What does this look like for third wave activism? Topics to consider:
    1/ Reproductive rights (Weight used as reason to refuse reproductive healthcare.)
    2/ Beauty (“Strong is the new skinny.” or Dove campaigns - Body shaming masked as empowerment?)
    3/ Politics ("Fat as choice" and drain on economy scapegoated to advance marriage equality) Is the “war on obesity” racist? Classist? Sexist? All of the above?

    It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week! What are some ways that we can individually work to stop weight stigma?

    September 23, 2013

  • Dianic Knight (.

    I have a family conflict for this day.

    September 18, 2013

  • Christine

    September 13, 2013

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