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Dieting, Discipline and Fat as a Feminist Issue

Questions

Are you on a diet? Why?
Is dieting a form of empowerment or of social control? Try to connect your answer to your own experiences.

Please come to the seminar prepared to discuss one magazine or newspaper article or advertisement about dieting and/or the health benefits of weight loss.


Readings


Biltekoff, Charlotte, Eating Right in America (Durham, 2013), Chapter 5: 'Thinness as Health'*.

Brumberg, Joan Jacob, ‘The Appetite as Voice’, Food and Culture: A Reader, ed. Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik (New York, 1997).
Orbach, Susie, Fat is a Feminist Issue (New York, 1978).
Vester, Katharina, ‘Regime Change: Gender, Class, and the invention of Dieting in Post-Bellum America’, Journal of Social History 44:1 (2010).*

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ALSO

please find and read ONE article or advertisement about dieting and/or the health benefits of weight loss, from the thousands available on the internet.


To Learn More

Bartky, Sandra Lee, ‘Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power’, Feminism and Foucault: Paths of Resistance, eds. Lee Quinby and Irene Diamond (1988).

Farrell, Amy Erdman, Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture (New York, 2011).

Forth, C., and A. Carden-Coyne, eds., Cultures of the Abdomen: Diet, Digestion and Fat in the Modern World (Houndmills, 2005).

Nestle, Marion, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (Berkeley, 2007), Introduction.*

Ogden, Jane, 'Eating Disorders and Obesity: Symptoms of a Modern World', The Handbook of Food Research, eds. Anne Murcott, Warren Belasco and Peter Jackson (London, 2013).

Schwartz, Hillel, Never Satisfied: A Cultural History of Diets, Fantasies and Fat (1986).

Solovay, Sondra, and Esther Rothblum, eds., The Fat Studies Reader (New York, 2009).

Stearns, Peter, Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West (New York, 1997).

Turner, B.S., ‘The Government of the Body: Medical Regimens and the Rationalization of Diet’, British Journal of Sociology 33:2 (1982), 254-69.*

Walker, Sarai, Dietland (2015).

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