Queering Fat Embodiment
- Edited by Cat Pausé, Massey University, New Zealand, Jackie Wykes, University of Melbourne, Australia and Samantha Murray
- Cultural anxieties about fatness and the attendant stigmatisation of fat bodies, have lent a medical authority and cultural legitimacy to what can be described as ‘fat-phobia’. Against the backdrop of the ever-growing medicalisation, pathologisation, and commodification of fatness, coupled with the moral panic over an alleged ‘obesity epidemic’, this volume brings together the latest scholarship from various critical disciplines to challenge existing ideas of fat and fat embodiment.
Shedding light on the ways in which fat embodiment is lived, experienced, regulated and (re)produced across a range of cultural sites and contexts, Queering Fat Embodiment destabilises established ideas about fat bodies, making explicit the intersectionality of fat identities and thereby countering the assertion that fat studies has in recent years reproduced a white, ableist, heteronormative subjectivity in its analyses.
A critical queer examination on fatness, Queering Fat Embodiment will be of interest to scholars of cultural and queer theory, sociology and media studies, working on questions of embodiment, stigmatisation and gender and sexuality.
- Contents: Introduction: why queering fat embodiment?, Jackie Wykes; Queering body size and shape: performativity, the closet, shame and orientation, Robyn Longhurst; Becoming Travolta, Kimberley Dark; The performance of fat: the spectre outside the house of desire, Stefanie A. Jones; On fatness and fluidity: a meditation, Kathleen LeBesco; Chubby boys with strap-ons: queering fat transmasculine embodiment, James Burford and Sam Orchard; Causing a commotion: queering fat in cyberspace, Cat Pausé; Flaunting fat: sex with the lights on, Jenny Lee; Queering the linkages and divergences: the relationship between fatness and disability and the hope for a livable world, Zoë Meleo-Erwin; Bear arts naked: queer activism and the fat male body, Scott Beattie; Fashion’s ‘forgotten woman’: how fat bodies queer fashion and consumption, Margitte Kristjansson; Index.
- About the Editor: Cat Pausé is Lecturer in Human Development and Fat Studies Researcher at Massey University, New Zealand.
Jackie Wykes is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, Australia
Samantha Murray is the author of The ‘Fat’ Female Body, and co-editor of Somatechnics: Queering the Technologisation of Bodies.
- Reviews: ‘Queering Fat Embodiment is the first book to focus on the intersection of queer studies and fat studies, and promises to be a classic in its field. What could be more exciting than discussions of fat and queer fashion, desire, performance, cyberspace, and politics, as well as the fluidity of gender identity, bodies, and sexuality? It’s a great read.’
Esther D. Rothblum, San Diego State University, USA
‘Queering Fat Embodiment is an important contribution to the emerging literature of Fat Studies because it restates the necessity for radical critique and makes space for anti-assimilationist activism. The book offers an exciting balance of better-known contributors and fresh new voices and I highly recommend it to anybody interested in developing a critical understanding of fat and obesity.’
Dr Charlotte Cooper, charlottecooper.net, obesitytimebomb.blogspot.co.uk, twitter.com/thebeefer