1st Edition

The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies

Edited By Amy Erdman Farrell Copyright 2023
    380 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies is a key reference work in contemporary scholarship situated at the intersection between Gender and Fat Studies, charting the connections and tensions between these two fields.

    Comprising over 20 chapters from a range of diverse and international contributors, the Reader is structured around the following key themes: theorizing gender and fat; narrating gender and fat; historicizing gender and fat; institutions and public policy; health and medicine; popular culture and media; and resistance. It is an intersectional collection, highlighting the ways that "gender" and "fat" always exist in connection with multiple other structures, forms of oppression, and identities, including race, ethnicity, sexualities, age, nationalities, disabilities, religion, and class.

    The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies is essential reading for scholars and advanced students in Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Body Studies, Cultural Studies, Psychology, and Health.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1: Connecting Gender and Fat : Feminism, Intersectionality and Stigma

    Amy Erdman Farrell

    Part II: Discourses of Gender and Fat:

    2: Undesirably Different: Hyper(in)visibilty and the Gendered Fat Body

    Jeannine Gailey

    3 Gendered Fat Bodies as Neoliberal Bodies

    Hannele Harjunen

    4 To Have and Not to Hold: Queering Fatness

    Cat Pausé

    5 Antiblackness, Gender and Fat

    Da’Shaun Harrison

    Part III: Narrating Gender and Fat

    6 Embodied Narration

    Kimberly Dark

    7 Fat Stories

    Susan Stinson

    Part IV: Historicizing Fatness

    8 The Politics of Fat and Gender in the Ancient World

    Susan Hill

    9 Historicizing Black Women’s Anti-Fatness

    Ava Purkiss

    Part V: Gender and Fat in Institutions and Public Policy

    10: Public Policy and the Repercussions of Fat Stigma on Women and Children

    April Michelle Herndon

    11: Anti-fat and Anti-Latina Discourse and Policy in the United States

    E. Cassandra Dame-Griff

    12: Fatness, Gender, and Academic Achievement in Secondary and Postsecondary Education

    Heather A. Brown

    Part VI: Gender and Fat in Health and Medicine

    13: Eating Disorders, Gender, and Fat: Theorizing the Fat Body in Feminist Theories

    of Eating Disorders

    Erin N. Harrop

    14: Immovable Subjects, Unstoppable Forces: Bariatric Surgery, Gender, and the


    Nikkolette Lee

    15: Gender, Fat, and "Reproductive" Healthcare: Negotiating Fat Pregnancy in the

    Context of Eugenics

    Emma Lind, Deborah McPhail, and Lindsey Mazur

    Part VII: Gender and Fat in Popular Culture and Media

    16: Sexy, Docile Bodies: The Objectification and Paternalistic Management of Plus-

    Size Models

    Amanda M. Czerniawski

    17: Big-Gay Men Entering the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Fat-

    Affirming Subcultures and Imagery

    Jason Whitesel

    18: From Hattie McDaniel to Queen Latifah: Examining a New Mammy and other

    Fat Black Women Representations in Contemporary Media

    Roshaunda L. Breeden and Terah J. Stewart

    Part VIII: Gender, Fat and Resistance

    19: Coming Out as Fat

    Rachele Salvatelli

    20: Fat Community

    Judith Stein with Meridith Lawrence and Susan Stinson

    21: Belle di Faccia: Fat Activism in Italy

    Mara Mibelli and Chiara Meloni

    22: "Your belly is a heap of wheat:" a Torah of Fat Liberation

    Rabbi Minna Bromberg

    23: Don’t Forget to Be Yourself

    Joy Cox


    Part IX: In Memoriam

    Chapter 24: Friend of Cat

    Substantia Jones



    Amy Erdman Farrell is the James Hope Caldwell Memorial Chair and Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. The author of Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism and Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture, she has shared her research on national popular media, including Bitch, the New Yorker, Psychology Today, NPR, CNN, and The Colbert Report. From 2019 to 2020 she served as an American Council of Learned Societies fellow and in 2021–2022 she was in residence at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, where she worked on a project focusing on key moments in the history of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

    "Fatness is highly intertwined with gender, given that fat stigma affects women and so do appearance norms. I was delighted to see a book devoted to this intersection with an impressive array of scholarly articles."

    Esther Rothblum, Editor, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

    "A must read for insurgent activist-intellectuals working for fat liberation and the radical change that involves, imagines, and incites. Authors in The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies, yet again, with rigour, courage, originality, and a commitment to the collective, raise the bar for engaged scholarship."

    Lucy Aphramor, Associate Professor Gender, Power, and the Right to Food, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University UK