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Obstinate Fatties: fat activism, queer negativity, and the celebration of ‘obesity’

Chalklin, Victoria. 2016. Obstinate Fatties: fat activism, queer negativity, and the celebration of ‘obesity’. Subjectivity, 9(2), pp. 107-125. ISSN 1755-6341 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In the face of current ‘obesity epidemic’ rhetoric that pathologises and ridicules fat bodies, much activist work around fat acceptance is focused on humanising and redemptive efforts to reduce stigma and prejudice. However, amongst these earnest attempts to change public opinion there is a realm of decidedly queer fat activist activity that indulges in unabashed revelry in fatness, highlighting ways in which fat subjectivities are constructed through narratives of trauma, shame and ill-health. This article uses the lens of negativity emerging from queer theory to examine these queer acts of impudence and argue that there is something radically, queerly liberating at play in the audacious refusal to be a ‘good fatty’.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1057/sub.2016.3

Keywords:

fat studies, activism, queer negativity, affect, shame, trauma

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Art

Dates:

DateEvent
July 2016Published
24 March 2016Published Online

Item ID:

24806

Date Deposited:

13 Nov 2018 16:56

Last Modified:

25 Jun 2019 14:01

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24806

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