Most of the prior literature in this field has consisted of isolated studies published in medical journals that show that diets don't work and that the general public has extremely negative views about fat people. It is time that the discourse about fat oppression looks more closely at sociocultural issues, and that is the focus of LeBesco's book. This is a significant contribution to the fields of women's studies, health, medicine, and all social sciences.
(Esther D. Rothblum, coeditor of Fat Oppression and Psychotherapy: A Feminist Perspective)
I can think of no other book that resembles Revolting Bodies? No one else has theorized on the shifting, self-contradicting, wildly political rhetoric of fat oppression. I look forward to using the book in my undergraduate women's studies classes, and I can imagine that it will be used in graduate courses in anthropology, philosophy, and psychology, as well as more professionally oriented classes in social work and nursing.... Lively, accessible, stimulating, and at times even profound.
(Michèle A. Barale, coeditor of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader)
Revolting Bodies? The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity, is a seminal work in fat studies. 'Katie is trying to erase the line between fat and thin,' says Marilyn Wann, an activist who started a fat-studies e-mail list last year that has 120 subscribers. 'Her work is foundational.'
(The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A provocative analysis of fatness as a cultural construct.
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