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This week's round-up includes: on the idea of a "weight problem," young adult heroines and body descriptions, and normalizing obesity.
- My Weight Problem Isn’t My Weight by Issa at Love, Live, Grow (Keywords: weight, body shaming, weight stigma)
I got to thinking, what is a “weight problem”? We hear that phrase a lot. “I have a weight problem.” “I have a problem with my weight.” “My weight has always been a problem.”
Do I have a weight problem?
I weigh what I do, and because of that I have a few problems.
- Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite? by Julieanne Ross at The Atlantic (Keywords: young adult literature, body image, gender norms, body shaming)
When it comes to recent young adult sci-fi and fantasy literature, this is typical. Divergent is just one in a spate of recent young adult novels—three of which saw big-budget film adaptations in 2013—to emphasize the diminutive stature of its main character.
- Normalizing Obesity by Ragen Chastain at Dances with Fat (Keywords: body shaming, weight stigma, weight loss)
The hypothesis that Dame Davies seems to be working under, of course without a shred of evidence, is that fat people will all get thin if we never see anyone (including a mannequin) who looks like us shown in a positive light.
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