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Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia

Author
Strings, Sabrina, author.
Title
Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia / Sabrina Strings.
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York University Press, [2019]
Description
vii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction : the original epidemic
  • Being Venus
  • Plump women and thin, fine men
  • The rise of the big black woman
  • Birth of the ascetic aesthetic
  • American beauty : the reign of the slender aesthetic
  • Thinness as American exceptionalism
  • Good health to uplift the race
  • Fat, revisited
  • Epilogue : the obesity epidemic.
Summary
"There is an obesity epidemic in this country and poor black women are particularly stigmatized as "diseased" and a burden on the public health care system. This is only the most recent incarnation of the fear of fat black women, which Sabrina Strings shows took root more than two hundred years ago. Strings weaves together an eye-opening historical narrative ranging from the Renaissance to the current moment, analyzing important works of art, newspaper and magazine articles, and scientific literature and medical journals--where fat bodies were once praised--showing that fat phobia, as it relates to black women, did not originate with medical findings, but with the Enlightenment era belief that fatness was evidence of "savagery" and racial inferiority. The author argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. Indeed, it was not until the early twentieth century, when racialized attitudes against fatness were already entrenched in the culture, that the medical establishment began its crusade against obesity. An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn't about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice."--Amazon.com.
Subject headings
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)--Social aspects--United States.
African American women--Social conditions.
Overweight women--United States--Social conditions.
Obesity--Social aspects--United States.
Medical subjects
Obesity.
African Americans.
Female.
ISBN
9781479886753 paperback alkaline paper
1479886750 paperback alkaline paper
9781479819805 hardcover alkaline paper
1479819808 hardcover alkaline paper
1479886750
1479819808

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
HQ1220.U5 S77 2019
Location
Checked out Due: 10-26-2020
Library
Kokomo Library
Call Number
HQ1220.U5 S77 2019
Location
Checked out Due: 12-17-2020