Reactions to the image of model Tess Holliday on the cover of Cosmopolitan this month show fat discrimination is as nasty as ever. Want to avoid it? A s a kg 18st woman who refuses to diet, unapologetically wears short shorts and eats tiramisu, I have experienced and witnessed a lot of fatphobia. This is a form of bigotry that equates fatness with ugliness, inferiority and immorality. In my new book You Have the Right to Remain Fat , I talk a lot about how being fat has shaped my life, how fatphobia has multiple dimensions and how it does not just move outward — from us to others. It moves inward — from our culture to ourselves.
Become a UC Advocate. Receive email alerts about issues that are important to UC and contact your legislators to ensure the university remains a hub of opportunity, excellence, and innovation. In it, the UC Irvine assistant professor of sociology discusses the stigma of larger — primarily female — body types and how deep racial and religious roots, rather than health concerns, led Western society to favor the lean. Here, she weighs in on how slimness became popular and the centuries-long repercussions of this ideal for women of all shapes, colors and sizes. Q: For as long as most people can remember, thin has been in. This automatically puts fat at odds with the societal standard.