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Eh, it's probably safe to say my follower count is above 13.5k now, so I'm doing an introduction thread on what I talk about and some of my best threads. Now is your chance to abandon ship.
I'm a fat bisexual trans guy with mental illness, and I talk about all those things a lot. Fun times. My big thing is that I read fat studies books and talk about fat liberation.
I did a whole bunch of threads under the hashtag #FatStudyGroup that I started, you can find a bunch of them by just twitter searching "from:kivabay #fatstudygroup"
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Let's do this! You voted to read about "food as race, diet racism" so that's what this thread is about
So, I'm going to start by sharing a long quote from Farrell's Fat Shame that relates to a point I shared in this thread about phrenology, where I mentioned black people are associated with fat because it's considered an atavism
"In 1864, one of the earliest anti-fat physicians, Dr. Watson Bradshaw, wrote that in "advanced nations" (and by these he meant England, the United States, and France) a "multipled chin and an abdomen of enormous periphery do not entitled the possessor of any distinction."
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At the end of May, I travelled to Queenstown, one of the loveliest towns in New Zealand, to attend the Critical Health Education Studies Conference (aka, CHESS, #CHESS18, @CritHealthStud)
Queenstown, btw, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I highly recommend going there if you have the chance!
It was a last minute decision. I received an invite from Professor Richard Tinning (a distinguished Professor in the area of physical & health education), to fill a vacancy on a symposium he had organized on “Critical health education and the affect of physical education”.
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Today in #FatStudyGroup, we are reading Kasten, G. (2018). A discussion of weight bias, its intersections with homophobia, racism, and misogyny. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 79(3), 133-138.…
This article is a version of a Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Lecture given by Dr. Kasten in June 2018 to the Dietitians of Canada’s conference.
At the beginning of the piece, Dr. Kasten identifies himself as a gay man; and he shares this to frame the overall narrative of the piece: that “sometimes, even with the best of intentions, people tell us lies” (p. 133).
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I've been reading my new book, Queering Fat Embodiment, and there's this part in the introduction that I know is going to piss people off but I so strongly agree with it and I'm going to share it anyway.
So in Jackie Wykes' fantastic introduction, there is a discussion about how compulsory heterosexuality and compulsory thinness are "mutually constitutive", or put another way, that they are mutual components of a larger system of imposed normalcy that give each other form. (pg 1)
This is not just a rogue theory flying about. Adrienne Rich wrote on the topic in "Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Experience" in 1980.
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Alright. It's been a fun summer vacation. But okay. Let's actually do a #FatStudyGroup thread on the various wrongs of fat suits and talk about why thin people need to shut the entire fuck up. #Insatiable, this is for you and all your defenders.
So let's start with Katharina R. Mendoza's essay Seeing Through the Layers: Fat Suits and Thin bodies in The Nutty Professor and Shallow Hal in the Fat Studies Reader.
Mendoza focuses on Shallow Hal and The Nutty Professor because, like Insatiable, this is a fat suit being used to tell a story. These are stories about, presumably, fat characters who become or are perceived as thin, unlike movies like Big Momma where the fat suit is diegetic.
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Hello to my new followers! My name is Cat, and I’m a Fat Studies scholar and fat activist in New Zealand
My scholarship explores the impact of fat stigma on the health and well-being of fat people. Fat stigma is a social determinant of health, and may explain most of the morbidity and mortality associated with fatness.…
I also study how fat activists use Web 2.0 tools to resist and reject the messages of the fatpocalypse. Using Web 2.0 tools like Twitter, Instagram, & YouTube, fat activists queer fatness, belly out to fat stereotypes, and clapback at fat phobic bullshit
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Today in #FatStudyGroup, we reading Chs9-10 of Solovay, S. (2000). Tipping the scales of justice. Amherst, New York, USA: Prometheus Books.
In the ninth chapter, Solovay reviews how weight often intersects with other (usually protected) categories, such as gender and/or race. She provides several examples of cases where this has occurred, and how the courts have negotiated the issue.
In the longest chapter in the book, Ch10, Solovay considers whether fat people should find protection under existing disability laws. She begins by noting how contentious this idea is, both in the fat activist community and in the disability community.
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Today in #FatStudyGroup, we are reading Chs 7-8 of Solovay, S. (2000). Tipping the scales of justice. Amherst, New York, USA: Prometheus Books.
In chapter seven, Solovay asserts the importance of (and right to) being judged by one’s peers; and yet, fat people can be dismissed from serving on a jury because of their weight in the US.
She argues, "Excluding fat people from juries because of weight is inequitable. It denies fat defendants the Constitution’s guarantee of an impartial jury...It prevents fat people from contributing to the important mechanism of justice because of stereotypes & prejudice” (p. 97).
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Today in #FatStudyGroup, we are reading Chs4-6 of Solovay, S. (2000). Tipping the scales of justice. Amherst, New York, USA: Prometheus Books.
In chapter four, Solovay focuses in on the stigma and discrimination fat children face in educational settings. She cites the 1994 report from National Education Association, and outlines in the chapter the ways that educational settings may be hostile to fat children.
This includes the physical accessibility of the school, the treatment from their teachers, the treatment from their peers, and their treatment from those associated with schooling outside of the school (like the bus drivers or others the child may interact with regularly).
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Today in #FatStudyGroup, we are reading the first three chapters of Solovay, S. (2000). Tipping the scales of justice. Amherst, New York, USA: Prometheus Books.
Solovay opens the book by telling the story of Marlene Corrigan, a woman who was tried for felony child abuse/endangerment after her super fat child died (of unknown causes; an autopsy was not conducted).
Solovay suggests the criminal charges were unclear, and argues that “if the charges were based on the child’s weight, then the district attorney was unleashing a huge civil rights issue. The precedent would suggest that having a fat child was a crime” (p. 20).
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Okay, I did promise a #FatStudyGroup pop culture analysis thread about Triplets of Belleville and my complicated feelings about it, and maybe we should get into that?
If that's something you want to avoid, you'll probably want to mute me for an hour, just sayin'. This is your ten minute warning.
Okay, so, Triplets of Belleville is a 2003 animated movie directed by Sylvain Chomet, the guy who did that Stromae music video about twitter, you know, that guy. It notably does not rely on much dialogue, choosing instead of communicate with its audience visually and musically.
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OK so tonight's thread comes with a content warning. The essay in question discusses "hogging" and if you don't know what that is, uh...
It's awful? It's like super awful.
Anyway, if you think you aren't up for an essay about men violating and using fat women sexually, mute this thread.
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