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Marilyn Wann: Fighting Fat Fear, UCLA

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Published on Mar 3, 2010

UCLA Center for the Study of Women presents Marilyn Wann, activist and the author of Fat! So?: Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size (Ten Speed Press, 2004), with a talk entitled "Fighting Fat Fear During the War on "Obesity."

Weight-related messages permeate so many areas of society, from media and fashion to medicine and legislation, from our inner thoughts to our biggest life decisions. If you've ever spent time or money or effort worrying about what you weigh, Wann's talk offers some liberating options on how to think and act.

Organized by Prof Abigail Saguy in the Department of Sociology, this talk is part of the Gender and Body Size lecture series, which addresses the new interdisciplinary field of fat studies." Recent discussions of body weight have been dominated by health policy concerns over the so-called obesity epidemic. Despite a long tradition of feminist critique of fat hatred as a problem of patriarchy, there has been very little critique of the growing emphasis on the importance of slenderness for health reasons. Moreover, while feminist scholars have spilt much ink on the pressures on average size women to be as thin as emaciated fashion women, there has been very little feminist work on the experiences of very fat women.

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