Fat activism: A radical social movement by Charlotte Cooper

Authors

  • Cassandra Kuyvenhoven Queen's University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v3i1.158

Keywords:

fat activism, fat politics

Abstract

In Fat Activism, Cooper responds to mainstream and scholarly writings on fat activism that she claims create negative assumptions or “proxies” of fat people. These constructed proxies serve to efface, reduce, and oversimplify the voices and the lived experiences of fat activists and fat activism. Through proxies, fat people are further marginalized and estranged from writings about what it means to be fat and what it means to be an activist. In this context, fat is a descriptive word that rejects medicalized terminology and encompasses non-normative embodiments of adipose tissue. Fat is not a bad word: it is powerful, political, and not without controversy.

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Published

2016-04-04

How to Cite

Kuyvenhoven, C. (2016). Fat activism: A radical social movement by Charlotte Cooper. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 3(1), 133–135. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v3i1.158

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Section

Book/Art/Event Review