Fat Is a Feminist Issue [Susie Orbach] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In one volume together with its bestselling sequel When it was first. Published 40 years ago, psychotherapist Susie Orbach’s Fat Is a Feminist Issue remains a cult classic for its penetrating insights into the cultural obsession. Susie Orbach (born 6 November ) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic. Her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue, analysed the.

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Everything was up for being rethought — families, bodies, education, science, medicine, class, racism, money, sex. Mar 26, Charley Cook rated it far was ok. I’ve been over lbs.

Feb 21, Sophia rated it liked it. More on this story. Women unconsciously make themselves fat for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, to protect themselves from sexuality, to provide a buffer between their bodies and society, to feel they can succeed in business because they are less objectified.

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Orbach’s relationship with Joseph Schwartz, the father of her two children, ended after more than 30 years. Sep 21, Tortla marked it as to-read Shelves: This book was one of the first to talk about women’s relationship with fat. The stories are interwoven with theory and a discussion of the key psychological concepts, as well as a frank discussion of the therapist’s experience.

Forty years since Fat Is A Feminist Issue

Some things in this book went over my head even if I tried to catch them: Whether they know it or not, they enjoy the topsy-turvy advantages that their layers of fat offer them. But nonetheless, “Fat is a Feminist Issue” remains a keystone in the history of the way bodies have been constructed in American culture.


Well I have been both overweight and very slim more than once! If you are, maybe this would suit you. Can’t believe your question has been sitting here for seven months without an answer!

I don’t agree with the theory that we are fat because of our mothers – either we’re fat because we need them, we’re fat because we no longer need them, or we’re fat to spite them.

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This was okay, but it wasn’t quite what I thought it might be. We stopped worrying and dared to sisue from our bodies. The story of the past 40 years is grim. I learned certain ideas just because they were in the atmosphere — I learned that social justice and peace and anti-colonialism were important words. Am I furious and enraged?

Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

I was just disappointed that there was no story of a fat woman Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. The advice and exercises are interesting but I did feel that there was a lot of focus on being slim and some quite substantial assumptions that in controlling compulsive eating everyone can be slim. It’s not a diet issuue an ANTI-diet book! Weight is irrelevant to the primary problem.

Retrieved from ” https: The girls who read them start going for Brazilian waxes. You might live a healthier lifestyle. He was always travelling and giving talks and speeches and busy with social justice. That’s another tat altogether. Ls I do some teaching in the area, it is not my research area at all: Am I delighted that the younger generation are coming to these ideas? No trivia or quizzes yet.


You are fat because of your relationship with vat mother. Years after we separated, the writer Jeanette Winterson contacted me. I only read the parts that intrigued me or were new to me. They were at most 10 kilogrammes 22 lbs overweight.

When it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then. Trivia About Fat Lrbach a Feminist I knew there was something bad about racism — but I just knew words rather than being educated about them. It seemed ever so dull.

Woman are still fat today, in But I know from the young women I work with that the search for likes is rather more tat than that.

But Fat Is A Feminist Issue discusses how we can turn food into a fst and find ways to accept ourselves for who and how we are. The development of a body that eats and eats may have come from the struggling efforts of an inadequate mother, but that mother — the mother who responds to distress with her own form of unthinking distress — is herself the victim of a culture that often fails to value women except as a sort of body. This book contributed to me learning to care about myself despite a lifelong struggle to weigh less.

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