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Body Aesthetics$
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Sherri Irvin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716778.001.0001

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Taste in Bodies and Fat Oppression

Taste in Bodies and Fat Oppression

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(p.37) 2 Taste in Bodies and Fat Oppression
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Body Aesthetics
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A. W. Eaton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716778.003.0003

This chapter argues that fat oppression has a significant aesthetic dimension, namely that our collective taste in bodies is geared toward aesthetic displeasure at fat. It argues that our collective repulsion and disgust at fat is not a mere effect of fat hatred but, rather, is an important constitutive element of the oppression of fat people. The deformation of our collective taste in the direction of aversion to fat bodies, rendering fat repulsive in the eyes of most, is an important part of the debasement, stigmatization, marginalization, and subordination of fat people. This chapter first develops this new model of fat oppression and then explores some Aristotelian strategies for combatting it. These strategies involve promoting and disseminating vivid, imaginatively engaging, and artistically interesting pictures that celebrate, aestheticize, and sometimes eroticize fat bodies.

Keywords:   fat studies, size oppression, everyday aesthetics, body aesthetics, taste, Aristotle, health

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