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Oregon State ‘Fat Studies’ Course Claims that ‘Weightism’ Is a Civil Rights Issue

11 August 2017 Edgeumakation


“Western Cultures Fatphobic” – 3News Firstline – July 11th, 2012

Dr. Cat Pausé speaks on Firstline about Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections 2012

The course, which will be offered in the spring, will examine “body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.”

The course will be taught by instructor Patti Lou Watkins, who penned an articlein European Health Psychologist, which argued that humans can be healthy at any body weight, an endorsement of the widely-panned “Health At Any Size” movement. Body size isn’t a good indicator of health, she argues. To Watkins, even individuals who can be classified as morbidly obese could be healthy.

Watkins also dismissed the effectiveness in dieting. “The validity of HAES is supported by research over the past decade that reveals the continued ineffectiveness of dieting interventions targeting weight loss along with the potential for harm associated with these strategies,” she writes. Surely, thousands of Americans who have lost weight and lowered their risk for certain medical conditions beg to differ with Watkin’s argument.

“I grew to embrace feminist pedagogy in terms of course content as well as classroom practices,” Watkins explains. “My course now frames body image disturbances more as a function of oppressive societal structures than of individual pathology.”

 

Oddly enough, Watkin’s is not the only class at Oregon State University on “fatphobia.” Another course, entitled “Women, Weight, and Body Image,” exams “weightism” through the intersectionality lens. This means that individuals who are both overweight and a member of another minority group (female, Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ, etc.) are subjected to a system of oppression directed both at their body size and their minority status.

Activists have been arguing for several years that Western culture is “fatphobic” for the ways in which overweight people are treated. Advocates for this line of thinking about weight often argue that airplanes seats are not built for overweight individuals. They use this and other examples such as the social stigma around being overweight as evidence of the “fatphobia” that they believe permeates throughout Western society.

Oregon State ‘Fat Studies’ Course Claims that ‘Weightism’ Is a Civil Rights Issue – Breitbart

The course, which will be offered in the spring, will examine “body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.”


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  • But what about fat white male christians, do they count too?

    • grandma954

      Too funny, I need to go find me something to be oppressed about. I feel left out….LMAO

    • EarnitYourself

      I’m afraid I have to throw a flag on this one, Capt.
      When Herbie sent that pic of his wife to prove he married a white girl, I don’t remember him saying it was fair game to post it.

      It does give some insight into why he’s always fighting oppression. Plus he always takes the top, to avoid compression.

      • Wait, so the pic=porkweena and the pic=herb’s wife so does that mean herb=JT3?

        Ahhh haaaa

      • grandma954

        Oh my goodness, hahahahaha . Your soooo bad…

      • Herbsman200

        HA… you wish my wife was fat. Not that I have anything against fat people….but normally black dudes dont go for the fat white women… we leave them for you…hahaha

        • Jarpo

          The fuck you don’t, that’s 90% of the black guy/white girl couples I see….all over the country.
          Comedian Lisa Lampanelli summed it up as “Fat white girls can get a white guy who is a 4-6 on the looks scale, or they can get a a buff in shape black guy who’s a 7-9 in the looks department, but he’s also a jobless felon with 4 kids from 3 different women”.

          • Herbsman200

            Well I give you that because in some instances you all call a woman fat when she really isn’t. Britney Spears put on 10 lbs and she was called fat.

          • Jarpo

            I wasn’t talking about women who could lose 10-25lbs and be hot again, I was talking about bbws.

          • Herbsman200

            Yeah…I cannot agree with you then. Name celebrity or sports person that is black and has a fat white wife?

    • tardisbabe

      Maybe google counts them, because they’re men. Fat white female christians are screwed.

  • Pompano Queen1

    OMG… look at that dunlop all over the place.

  • tardisbabe

    So instead of focusing math and science – both of which US students fall behind on compared to other countries – this is what really matters.

  • BerkeleyLifer

    Good Gawd man! They would need a whale 🐋 Harness to get her outta bed. For X rays they would need to bring her to a zoo!

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