discuss book as part of “Love Your Body Day” Oct. 17
The stigma related to being fat is the topic for a presentation as part of “Love Your Body Day” Oct. 17 at Shippensburg University.
Dr. Amy Farrell, a faculty member at Dickinson
College, will discuss her book, Fat
Shame, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building. The
event is free and open to the public.
The program is sponsored
by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and is made possible by a Human
Understanding Grant from the university’s Office of Social Equity.
Farrell will discuss
the roots of fat denigration in early 20th century America, drawing from
postcards, political cartoons, and suffragist propaganda to illuminate early
forms of fat stigma and the ways it intersected with nativist ideologies and
oppressions of gender, race and class. She will also trace the ways that
these roots of fat denigration continue to permeate our contemporary culture,
shaping the ways that we think about health and the “obesity epidemic.”
She is the
Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and professor of American studies and women’s and gender
studies at Dickinson. Besides Fat
Shame, she is also the author of Yours
in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism. She has
twice appeared on the “Colbert Report” to share her work on fat stigma.