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FAT!SO? : Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size Paperback – December 1, 1998
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What started off as a zine, Fat!So? has been one of the bibles for fat acceptance for a number of years. It shows no sign of waning. Marilyn started the zine after her boyfriend said he was embarrassed by her weight and the insurance company said she was a liability. Anyone over 160 pounds can probably relate. From there, Fat!So? grew into a popular website community and equally popular book.
The majority of Fat!So? is divided into four anatomy lessons: The Butt, The Belly, The Chin and The Upper Arm. Within these lessons everything about women and the plus size body is discussed via the ABCs. We even get to see pictures of naked bellies, chins and bums.
Like most advocates of fat acceptance she wants people to "embrace the F-word." The 3 letter word not the 4 letter one so "no one can use it against you ever again." Previous surgeon general C. Everett Koop, his close relationship to the diet companies and a brief timeline of Prescription diet drugs for the last hundred years are discussed. She doesn't like him. She also addresses childhood obesity, how to educate teachers about fat prejudice and making exercise fun, not a punishment.
There's an awesome essay titled Fat Kills by Betty Rose Dudley. In it she discusses her experience of visiting a doctor for a cough only to have the doctor deter to the topic of weight loss. Every time. You can read the essay at the Fat! So? website. There are many other essays by women of volume. Without the contributors Marilyn Wann wouldn't have had a book. The insights and experiences of others is what makes Fat! So?Read more ›
The first thing you'll notice about it is simply how different it's put together - almost like a Matt Groening "...Hell" book, or activities book. It contains about 5 pages of Hero and Villian trading cut-out cards, a cut-out spin game, a cut-out dress up of the Venus of Willendorf, in-depth quotes, cool comeback lines, eye popping facts, nice drawings of sexy fat women, and very colorful, warm, and easy to read layout. Now, the books starts out w/ Marilyn telling everyone to use the "F" word (or, Fat) to describe themselves and others who are fat. She's a healthy 270lb, 5'4" woman who works out 3 times a week w/ a personal trainer and eats a good variety of food and veggies (normal blood pressure, cholesteral, etc). She strongly encourages good excersize routines and the need for a balanced, healthy diet throughout the book (even 2 pages of her own recipes) where ones main focus is HEALTH and self-esteem and not, NOT weight loss. If you lose wieght doing so, fine, if you don't, fine still. She puts forth a better self esteem about body image than Wendy Shanker in her book but doesn't put forth as many life stories of her own (which I wanted more of, i didn't feel I knew her very well after the book was over, at least not like Ms. Shanker).Read more ›
Some people have felt that her humor somehow trivializes people's experience with fat prejudice. That was not her intention. Her intention was to give the readers a reason to feel good about themselves and to give them an uplift. I've read interviews with Marily Wann, and believe me, she has felt the sting (more like the stab) of fat prejudice as much as other fat people.
Wann also cites studies that show how other natural differences in humans, such as men's height and left-handed people, have demonstrated higher percentages of health problems--and the same health problems--attributed to fat. But did the researchers of these studies say that being a short man or being left-handed was the cause of their health problems? No, they attributed it to cultural prejudice (Western societies have traditionally looked down on short men, as men are expected to be tall, or at least taller than women, and left-handers receive prejudice due to old superstitious beliefs that being left-handed somehow makes the person evil or unlucky).
If you can read this book and still feel that fat people "choose" to be fat, and/or deserve to receive prejudice because of being fat, I suggest reading Dr. Edell's book, EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY, Laura Fraser's book, LOSING IT: AMERICA'S OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT AND THE INDUSTRY THAT FEEDS ON IT, and W. Charisse Goodman's book, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN: CONFRONTING WEIGHT PREJUDICE IN AMERICA. Dr.Read more ›
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Fantastic and fun. Used it for a class and the readings were poignant but light hearted.Published 5 months ago by Alejandro Rivas
I found this book in the library when I was 12. It really was life-changing for me, I had been fat since I was about 7, at 12 I was probably around 200 pounds already. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rilly
Great book. Personal statement from people who have struggled with society's view on being "fat"Published 7 months ago by Monique Alcala
I am very stingy with my use of 5-star ratings. Books that receive a 5-star rating typically need to have a "life changing" quality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. d'Artagnan Love
Every fat girl needs this book! I am all for being of good health but that doesn't necessarily mean "skinny"! Read morePublished 17 months ago by MomandMilah