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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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This is in an essence the topic of the book – why we overeat and how to deal with it.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue

ofbach This book is essentially a self-help manual for women with serious weight problems, or at least a seriously wonky relationship with food. There is the cosmetic industry, the cosmetic surgery industry, the doll market, the role of internet beauty bloggers who have followers in their millions and of course the horror for youngsters of living online and being continually scrutinised. Topics Society The Observer.

Everything was obrach for being rethought — families, bodies, education, science, medicine, class, racism, money, sex. Not all the possible reasons for staying overweight had to do with feminism, as the title of this book may suggest. While, yes, there were rare moments of insight, I’m not looking for a self help book that will make me overcome bad eating habits to ultimately achieve “the dream” – losing and maintaining a lower weight. Thus the solution that Orbach offers in “self-help” is also essentially Winnicottean.

You might lose weight. It is only a terrible term if you believe all the anti-feminist and status quo supporting media and propaganda and so on, surely? My father was a Labour MP.

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Can’t believe your question has been sitting here for seven months without an answer! She postulates that women get fat because it means they will be taken more “seriously in their working lives outside the home”.


This pioneering anti-diet orbavh is widely agreed to have one of the best titles ever; hardly surprising that it quickly became a bestseller, and is now safely established as a classic. This was okay, but it wasn’t quite what I thought it ls be. She is married to the author Jeanette Winterson. The life and times of a Mossad agent, and what he did next 13 Dec 2 Comments.

Trending topics Best of Long Reads. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Fat Is A Feminist Issue talked about our lived experience: Hong Kong needs a strong feminist movement, and not just for women. If that young woman comes to parenting, frantic body preoccupation may have so invaded and insinuated itself into her that she will have schemes for managing food and managing appearance.

This phrase – and how much do I hate ‘the weight’ as a phrase? I borrowed this book without noticing the undertitle until I added it on GR.

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I expected FIFI to be largely academic discourse on fat and feminism, and was surprised by how much it was an overeating self-help book. Gives a different perspective, in a boring way. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It seemed ever so dull. Lists with This Book. I do wonder how Orbach would address these issues in today’s society, where women like me were raised by feminist single mothers with doctoral degrees, women who always believed they deserved to take up as much or little space as they did, women who encouraged us to be both gentle and loving as well as fierce competitors for jobs, for success, and for ourselves.

The advice and exercises are interesting but I did feel that there was a lot of focus on being slim and some q I picked this up thinking that this would look at the relationships between food and dieting and the use of these to control women’s bodies and lives, a concept that has been touched upon in some of the other literature I’ve read. In fact, the vast majority of them orbachh not. My most recent book, In Therapyorrbach something that really absorbed me and I enjoyed because I was doing something in a different form — it was a companion piece to a Radio 4 series of the same name.


I was looking for an interesting look at how being fat is seen, or how society treats fat women as if they’re less intelligent, less worthwhile, lesser women. Author Susie Orbach Date published This pioneering anti-diet book is widely agreed to have one of the best titles ever; hardly surprising that it quickly became a bestseller, and is now safely established as a classic.

More and more women are fat. So, too, with other food and diet fads. I don’t agree with the theory that we are fat because fatt 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. Jul 29, Lizzy rated it really liked it. The book starts off on the right track but is fundamentally flawed in many of its philosophies. In an age where women want to be sexy, nurturing, domestic goddesses, confident at work, and i too, the femunist woman is poorly armed for survival.

But Fat Is A Feminist Issue discusses how we can turn food into a friend and find ways to accept ourselves for who and how we are.