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Fat Is A Feminist Issue

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Culturally we find fat such an affront; negativity screams so intensely from the word that we are unable to sort out the facts from the fantasies.

Their efforts were met with mixed reactions during that decade, when very thin models, such as Twiggy, became fashionable.There, a woman’s body was marked up as a cow ready for butchering, while a “freedom” trash can was ready for women to dump in bras and hair rollers, and pots and pans.

We also know that the extreme pressure on people to be thin in part creates a mindset that they are fat when they are not fat.This came in the form of government legislation, the proliferation of women’s groups and women-produced and focused news. Fat Is A Feminist Issue expresses the lengths women have gone to, in attempts to appeal to the male gaze. In 1992, Mary Evans Young, a size-positive activist in England, launched International No Diet Day, which continues to be an annual tradition.

I’m happily in control of my eating habits without feeling much like I need to control them, apart from feeling like I should probably try to eat relatively healthily. Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. However, because women of color are often excluded from fat positivity and acceptance movements, many have turned to social media as a way of finding inclusion within the movements.Contemporary western fat feminism works to dismantle oppressive power structures which disproportionately affect working class poor people or poor people generally. Women during the 1970s couldn’t control how much they got paid at work, whether they could reveal their homosexual feelings nor express their sexual and domestic dissatisfaction. But we never saw the backlash coming, or the ingenious forms it would take, from the now rather innocent (“Because you’re worth it”) to the downright nefarious practices of industries that were growing rich on the making of body insecurity.

The fat acceptance blogosphere has been dubbed the "fatosphere" [31] and has enjoyed some positive publicity in mainstream publications. Learning to eat out of stomach hunger rather than mouth hunger means food can be a pleasure which nourishes you when you are hungry rather than something you have a love/hate relationship with. Relating to this is the idea that socioeconomic status may create a lack of access to fresh produce and goods.

Everything we do is influenced and governed by politics and the media and Women know this more than anyone. However, Dove's response has been criticized for misusing body-positivity as individual body acceptance and for shaming other women's bodies. I was also criticized for being strong– the words “bull” and “ox” were used, which are not what a teenage girl wants to hear about herself.

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