Fat Is a Feminist Issue

Fat Is a Feminist Issue When it was first published Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then Reflecting on our increasingly diet and body obsessed society Susie Orbach s

  • Title: Fat Is a Feminist Issue
  • Author: Susie Orbach
  • ISBN: 9780099481935
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • When it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then Reflecting on our increasingly diet and body obsessed society, Susie Orbach s new introduction explains how generations of women and girls are growing up absorbing the eating anxieties around them In an age where women want to be sexy, nurturing, domeWhen it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then Reflecting on our increasingly diet and body obsessed society, Susie Orbach s new introduction explains how generations of women and girls are growing up absorbing the eating anxieties around them In an age where women want to be sexy, nurturing, domestic goddesses, confident at work, and feminine too, the twenty first century woman is poorly armed for survival Never before has the Fat Is A Feminist Issue revolution been in need of revival.Exploring our love hate relationship with food, Susie Orbach describes how fat is about so much than food It is a response to our social situation the way we are seen by others and ourselves Too often food is a source of anguish, as are our bodies 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 Following the step by step guide, and you too can put an end to food anxieties and dieting.

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    1. I have tried reading this several times. I get that it was "groundbreaking", but when I read it all I hear is the same old fat-hatred/fat-blaming. "But if you REALLY just love your self and let go of your NEED to be fat, then you will magically become thin! Because obviously everyone who is fat really just WANTS to be fat! It's not a diet book--it's an ANTI-diet book! Because it doesn't tell you to diet, see! It just tells you that everyone needs to WANT to be thin--to REALLY REALLY want it, and [...]

    2. Occasionally you pick up and book and it turns out not to be what you expected. The edition of FIFI that I read actually included a second volume and introductions from 2005 and back, so I assume it's one of the most recent editions. 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. I wasn't sure I fully appreciated that.Don't get me wrong, as an overeater I think much of the analysis of overeating rings utter [...]

    3. While I gave this book four stars I say that with rather significant hesitation: This book (in the original 1979 publication format) struck me as largely irrelevant to women of my generation (Y). The central thesis of this book is that women are fat as a result of institutionalized patriarchy. Women unconsciously make themselves fat for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, to protect themselves from sexuality, to provide a buffer between their bodies and society, to feel they can [...]

    4. Дуже класна книжка, яка проблеми з переїданням (та взагалі з будь-якими порушеннями харчування) розглядає з точки зору психоаналізу з феміністичним нахилом. Якщо ви їсте за компанію, коли не хочете їсти, коли ви їсте від розпачу, суму, нервів, то ця книжка саме про це! В ній ро [...]

    5. 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. But it wasn't really that. This does start out looking at this but then it shifts focus to the reasons behind compulsive eating and how to break these habits. The advice and exercises are interesting but I did feel that there was a lot of focus on being slim and some q [...]

    6. This book was one of the first to talk about women's relationship with fat. There are some parts that are absolutely spot-on with regards to women's relationship with food, dieting, their own bodies and the bodies of other people. I found myself nodding energetically in agreement with these parts of the book. then there's the other part of the book; the psychoanalytic part. The psychoanalytic interpretation of fat is appealing because it is intuitive but I believe that this interpretation lacks [...]

    7. This is a hard book to rate because it's so specific to opening a support group and i have no interest in that. I did enjoy the analytical aspect of the first half of the book but yeahi was definitely the wrong audience for a lot of it

    8. As a practical manual, Orbach's text is dated (it's subtitle in many editions was -- 'a self-help guide for compulsive eaters). But nonetheless, "Fat is a Feminist Issue" remains a keystone in the history of the way bodies have been constructed in American culture. It is surprising, but Orbach was the first to bring a psychoanalytic view of the body to mainstream American culture through this book. In psychoanalytic terms, Orbach's central claim in this book is that obesity and dieting (and comp [...]

    9. Some things in this book went over my head (even if I tried to catch them :D) What I mean is that some things in FIFI were really out of date (probably because this was written in 70s) and also I think some philosophies were flawed. That is why I'm only giving this book two stars.However! this book makes A LOT of good points & I think this is good read for overweight or self-starving women and I think this book also has a sense of history to it. Also, it shows how scary the dieting industry [...]

    10. Fat as an issue is a very dear to my heart. I am a fat woman and I struggled, and sadly still struggle because of this. It is really hard to be a fat woman in a world that is praising thinness as the ideal of health and beauty. It's hard because people closest to you are often the ones that project their fears of fat onto you and constantly hurt emotionally because of this. We are surrounded by people that 'care' about our health, and don't hesitate to tell us about it. I believe that a succe [...]

    11. I really struggled with this book. I've read a few other really good books that refer to it in 'glowing terms' so I really wanted to read it and expected it to totally change how I think! Needless to say this wasn't the case. In some ways I think it is just out of date (it was written in the 70s) so a lot of it I just couldn't relate to at all. Also it firmly states that people are fat because it benefits them in some way and the 'fat' person is scared of being thin. Well I have been both overwe [...]

    12. This was okay, but it wasn't quite what I thought it might be. There were some considerations on how fat is viewed in society and how we should see this as a feminist issue, but mostly I found this to be a self help diet book to cure binge eating. Plus I thought it was quite sexist, which I was not prepared for, though I guess things have moved on somewhat since the 1970s.

    13. While I understand that this was revolutionary when first published, I don't think it has quite held onto that. The ideas are key and clearly laid out - I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in/struggling with body image and food. But Orbach's main message is slightly over-simplified - I think sometimes she overvalues the role of 'fat' rather than the role of food itself, and as she herself admits, all the women she worked with were white.

    14. This book was helpful for me since I've been living 14 years with an eating disorder. The exercices are great and supported me to go deeper in my personal issues. I recommend to anyone struggling, battling with eating disorder and especially binge-eating or what is called hyperphagia. You will find yourself in the testimonials.

    15. I picked this up blindly as part of an online order. As someone who has only recently become acquainted with the notion of body positivity, I had heard Susie Orbach's name mentioned and wanted to read something by her. This is a combination of two books, first published in 1978 and 1982 respectively. It promises "an updated" version, complete with "new introduction". I very much enjoyed the new introduction - Susie speaks about the diet industry and its success depending on the failure of its cu [...]

    16. This is a book I have heard mentioned every now and then for many years and I have always wanted to know what the book was about. So when I saw a cheap used copy I couldn't resist buying it to find out.I'm somewhat overweight and have many serious health problems, which contribute to my weight issues in a number of ways. I didn't expect to relate so much to the different reasons that I could be choosing to stay overweight, but after reading this book I now have no doubt that at least part of my [...]

    17. I have really mixed feelings about this book, mainly becasue it reads so much like a self-help title in too many places. I first read it years ago and now work in a higher education context where a large part of our programme deals with physical activity, exercise and health. Although I do some teaching in the area, it is not my research area at all: what astounds me about so much of what I read from those research programmes is their absolute failure to grapple with politics - I don't mean poli [...]

    18. I think most people would benefit from the ideas in this book. I can't think of many girls/women I know who haven't felt 'fat' at some point in their lives and most people seem to have a strange love/hate relationship with food. This was written in the 70s, updated in the 80s and is still so relevant today. I don't necessarily believe her idea that women want to be fat, to escape the sexualised demands put on them by the world. It's a strange idea. But I do think her instructions for going from [...]

    19. This book still held some revelations despite the fact that it was written before I was born. It goes well with the book "The Beauty Myth" which is more of a cultural expose while this book is more of a self help guide. However there is precious little discussion of how women today are held captive by the societal concepts of beauty so it's nice to have multiple books available on the subject. I suggest this book to any person who has ever had an issue with food and control, basically everybody. [...]

    20. While some situations regarding how women are treated have indeed changed between the original publication date of the book, FIFI II and the various editions, this book still had some amazing insights for me. I've always considered myself a feminist, and I've read quite a lot about how we relate to food as human beings and women, and still this book had a number of intriguing new ideas for me to mull over, and a few new ways to look at things. I really enjoyed the book.

    21. This book has been a great help to me over the years when fight my weight-both when it's been "too high" and, though never in my own self-image, dangerously low. More than any other book I can think of, it has helped put my weight into a different and far more helpful context.Recommend: for all women with body-image problems.

    22. This book contributed to me learning to care about myself despite a lifelong struggle to weigh less. It particularly examines the symbolic nature of fat, eating, size, and society's norms for women and men. Several of us formed a group to study this book, and it was one of the most supportive and educational endeavors I have ever experienced.

    23. Orbach says many true things about life for women, though nothing that will sound new to 2014 feminist readers. My initial summation, though, is ‘hogwash, the lot of it’. Partly this reaction comes from the fact that I recognised this book as an influential feminist text but I didn’t realise how old it is. (About as old as me, it turns out.) For some reason I thought it dated from the 90s. It’s no coincidence that this book came out at the start of the 80s; its debut coincides with publi [...]

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