Book Interview: Fearing the Black Body - The Racial Origins of Fat-Phobia.

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This afternoon, Jovelyn Richards, one of the rotating hosts of KPFA's book program Cover to Cover, had a delightful half-hour interview with author Sabrina Springs on her new book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat-Phobia. The thesis is that white American women were subjected to pressure to be "disciplined" in their behavior with stereotypes which associated round-bodiedness and excessive appetites with the supposed primitiveness of non-white and particularly African women. The pressure was eventually so effective, and white American women were so emaciatign themselves, that ironically the cereal maker Kellogg then tried to encourage them to gain weight back, fearing that too many white women would be unable to bear children and would trigger the much-feared "white genocide".

https://kpfa.org/episode/cover-to-cover-open-book-may-29-2019/
 

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Very interesting approach to the research of fat-phobia.

It definitely explains some of the patterns in US society.

But that is also the drawback to this approach - as is doesn't really explain the ubiquitous und pervasive presence of fat-phobia in large parts of the world.
Discriminating againt fat is an international phenomenon in all industrialized countries - also all of those (which are the majority) that were (or still are - see Japan) in essence mono-racial societies with no to only extremely limited black communities.
 

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Very interesting approach to the research of fat-phobia.

It definitely explains some of the patterns in US society.

But that is also the drawback to this approach - as is doesn't really explain the ubiquitous und pervasive presence of fat-phobia in large parts of the world.
Discriminating againt fat is an international phenomenon in all industrialized countries - also all of those (which are the majority) that were (or still are - see Japan) in essence mono-racial societies with no to only extremely limited black communities.
The thesis is focused about the racialist roots of fatphobia in U.S.A. , then more generally Western culture. Not about fatphobia in extra-Western societies.
 
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