Fat Is a Feminist Issue Hardcover – March 1, 1997
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- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- ISBN-13 : 978-0883659878
- ISBN-10 : 0883659875
- Publisher : Bbs Pub Corp (March 1, 1997)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #904,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was recently re-reading my much thumbed copy of FIAFI to supplement the information in Martha Beck's book The 4-Day Win and was struck by how our culture is now giving men the same messages about looks to men that used to previously be given only to women. (Men's Health reads like a male version of Glamour or Cosmo.) In the 21st C, fat is apparently not just a feminist issue but an issue for men and children as well.
While the language is a bit dated, the content is not. Most libraries have a copy of this book--because it really is a classic. Check it out that way if no other.
image. I first read this many years ago and she still makes sense in today's body-centric, diet-industry culture. She makes the political accessible. Please read this book and pass it around.
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I found the second half of the book more useful, Orbach gives the reader advice and techniques to use with the aim of ‘breaking the addiction to compulsive eating – to transform eating and mealtimes into pleasurable experiences that we can look forward to.’ There is the usual advice of:
Eating when you are hungry
Eating the food your body is hungry for
Finding out why you eat when you aren’t hungry
Tasting every mouthful, and
Stopping eating the moment you are full
Along with psychological tips and exercises to help you do this.
The techniques that Susie Orbach introduces us to are useful and effective, however I believe that there are much more up-to-date, easier to read and ascetically pleasing books out there which would tick the same boxes.
I first read it in my early 20s and cried through every page. I then remained a consistent 8 stone for 20 years with zero anxt, it became absorbed into my subconscious.
Then in 2005 my mum died and I started comfort eating again. I have tried other self help emotional eating books (including Paul McKenna) to no avail. I am now reading this amazing book again and it moves me deeply. While some of the politics are a little outdated, the core message of how food is completely bound up in our emotions holds true.
Again, I am crying through every page.
I have changed over the years and different parts of the book speak to me now than the parts that spoke to me before. That is the amazing power of this book ~ it speaks to the heart, and so is timeless.
Through this book I am dealing with issues with my mum that have remained buried since she passed away. It is painful. It is healing. It answers the true need for comfort that is never answered by chocolate (even Lindt!)
Most psychoanalitic therapist do not bring politics into the consulting room but rather analyse it within the transference and the patient's other relationships when the patient brings political issues into the therapy session. This has always been criticised by Jefrey Masson [Against Therapy].
Do politics have a place in therapy? Everything we do is influenced and governed by politics and the media and Women know this more than anyone. It is true that globally and politically men have controlled women and womens' bodies. So that not all neurosis come from inside the patient, many causal factors come from outside.
In her groups Susie Orbach gets women to accept and love themselves as they are and gentally helps them change their relationship with food. She doesen't advocate going on diets and she encourages women to find their own weight and not be defined by the media. Which is more poignient in the present day with our over photoshopped immages.
I am reading this partly because I felt inspired to do so because I trained as a counsellor and because I have become more drawn towards feminist issues as a resault of watching the Vagina Monologues. But I also think that even I as a man can benefit from this book, because I have been struggling with my weight and I think parts of this book are helpful for both sexes. Further more Men should read this and other books by Susie Orbach. Because we need to wise up about how male society has been controlling women.
I have been an intuitive eater for about 6 months now and it has honestly been one the most liberating and empowering things that has affected not only how I view my body, but also other major aspects of my life, i.e. how I choose to relate to others and view my place in life in general. Having read a good few books on the subject, I would say the Fat is Feminist Issue has cleared up any last remaining niggles about whether was doing right by my body and mind. If you are new to the idea of ditching diets for good and eating intuitively, this book may be a little hard to swallow as a first read, but certainly a great option to progress to as you get more acquainted with the subject.
Susie is an incredibly perceptive writer and manages to present in a cohesive way the complexity of what it is like to be a woman today and how the various pressures that society applies on girls and women affects their own relationship with their bodies.
The ideas Susie Obrach puts across are truly ground braking and valid. This really is one of those books that every adolescent girl should have the chance to read. I really enjoyed the combination of psychological analysis through the eyes of a feminist of such an emotive issue as one's weight.