I was thinking about something, and as odd as it sounds, I thought you’d be a great person to come to with this question: what are some good feminist and FA books? I’m really trying to educate myself on both subject matters, and I don’t know where to start, so I thought you may have a good idea!
Not a silly question at all! I get this one a lot, actually. And, in response, I’m going to give you this amazing FA resource list compiled by fat studies scholar (and co-editor ofThe Fat Studies Reader) Esther Rothblum.
I’ve bolded the ones that I’ve read and recommend. As always, I’ll say that a very good starting place is Marianne Kirby and Kate Harding’s Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body.
FA Resources behind the cut!
RESOURCES ON WOMEN AND FAT OPPRESSION
Dale Atrens (1986). Don’t diet. NY: William Morrow & Co.
Linda Bacon (2008). Health at every size: The surprising truth about your weight. Dallas, TX: Benbella Books.
June Bailey (1981). Fat is where it’s at: The fat report. New York: H.F.S. Publishing Co.
Pat Ballard (2008). 10 steps to loving your body (no matter what size you are). Pearlsong Press.
Anne Scott Beller (1977). Fat & thin: A natural history of obesity. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co.
William Bennett and Joel Gurin (1982). The dieter’s dilemma: Why diets are obsolete - the new setpoint theory of weight control. New York: Basic Books.
Francie M. Berg (2003). Underage and overweight: America’s childhood obesity crisis. What every family needs to know. Hatherleigh Press.
Bonnie Bernell (2000). Bountiful women: Large women’s secrets for living the life they desire. Berkeley, CA: Wildcat Canyon Press.
Ann Hill Beuf (1990). Beauty is the beast: Appearance-impaired children in America. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Susan Bordo (1993). Unbearable weight: Feminism, Western culture, and the body. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Shelley Bovey (1994). The forbidden body: Being fat is not a sin. San Francisco: Harper.
Shelley Bovey (2000). Sizeable reflections: Big women living full lives. London: Women’s Press.
Jana Evans Braziel and Kathleen LeBesco (Eds.) (2001). Bodies out of bounds: Fatness and transgression. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Laura Brown and Esther Rothblum (Eds.) (1989). Overcoming fear of fat. NY: Haworth Press.
Susan Brownmiller (1984). Femininity. NY: Fawcett Columbine.
Joan Jacobs Brumberg (1997). The body project: An intimate history of American girls. NY: Random House.
Barbara Altman Bruno (1996). Worth your weight. NY: Routledge.
Paul Campos (2004). The obesity myth: Why America’s obsession with weight is hazardous to your health. NY: Gotham Books.
Thomas Cash & Thomas Pruzinsky (Eds.) (1990). Body images: Development, deviance and change. NY: Guilford Press.
Wendy Chapkis (1986). Beauty secrets: Women and the politics of appearance. Boston, MA: South End Press.
Kim Chernin (1981). The obsession: Reflections on the tyranny of slenderness. New York: Harper & Row.
Kim Chernin (1985). The hungry self: Women, eating and identity. New York: Harper & Row.
Sally Cline (1990). Just desserts: Women and food. Andre Deutsch, 105-106 Great Russell St., London WC1B 3LJ, England.
Charlotte Cooper (1999). Fat and proud. London: Waterford Press.
Laurie Toby Edison and Debbie Notkin (1994). Women en large: Images of fat nudes. Books in Focus, P.O. Box 77005, San Francisco, CA 94107.
Ophira Edut (1998). Adios, Barbie: Young women write about body image and identity. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.
Cherie Erdman (2004). Live large! Gurze Books.
Cherie Erdman (1995). Nothing to lose: A guide to sane living in a larger body. NY: HarperCollins San Francisco.
Paul Ernsberger and Paul Haskew (1987). ”Rethinking obesity: An alternative view of its health implications.” Special issue of the Journal of Obesity and Weight Regulation. NY: Human Sciences Press.
Patricia Fallon, Melanie Katzman, and Susan Wooley (1993). Feminist perspectives on eating disorders. NY: Guilford Press.
Laura Fraser (1997). Losing it: America’s obsession with weight and the industry that feeds it. Dutton, c/o Penguin USA, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014.
Rita Freedman (1986). Beauty bound: Why we pursue the myth in the mirror. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath & Co.
Glenn A. Gaesser (2002). Big fat lies: The truth about your weight and your health. NY: Fawcett Columbine.
Terry Nicholetti Garrison (1993). Fed up! A woman’s guide to freedom from the diet-weight prison. NY: Carroll and Graf Publishing, Inc., 260 5th Avenue, NY 10001.
W. Charisse Goodman (1995). The invisible woman: Confronting weight prejudice in America.. Gurze Books, P.O. Box 2238, Carlsbad, CA 92018.
Marvin Grosswirth (1971). Fat pride: A survival handbook. New York: Harper and Row.
Lindsey Hall et al. (1993). Full lives: Women who have freed themselves from food and weight obsession. Gurze Books, P.O. Box 2238, Carlsbad, CA 92018.
Sara Halprin (1995). Look at my ugly face: Myths and musings on beauty and other perilous obsessions with women’s appearance. NY: Penguin Books.
Lydia Hanich (2006). Honey, does this make my butt look big? A couple’s guide to food and body talk. Gurze Books.
Sharlene Hesse-Biber (1996). Am I thin enough yet? The cult of thinness and the commercialization of identity. NY: Oxford University Press.
Sharlene Hesse-Biber (2007) (2nd Ed.). The cult of thinness. NY: Oxford University Press.
Liz Curtis Higgs (1993). One size fits all and other fables. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter (1988). Overcoming overeating: Living free in a world of food. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Jane Hirshmann and Carol Munter (1995). When women stop hating their bodies. NY: Fawcett Columbine.
Jane Hirschmann and Lela Zaphiropoulos (1993). Preventing childhood eating problems. Gurze Books, P.O. Box 2238, Carlsbad, CA 92018.
Judi Hollis (1985). Fat is a family affair: A hope-filled guide for those who suffer from eating disorders and those who love them. San Fransisco, CA: Harper & Row.
Marcia Germaine Hutchinson (1985). Transforming body image: Learning to love the body you have. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.
Joanne Ikeda (1998). If my child is overweight, what should I do about it? Berkeley, CA: University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Publication 21455.
Susan Kano (1985). Making peace with food: A step-by-step guide to freedom from diet/weight conflict. Boston, MA: Amity Publishing Co.
C.A. Johnson (2001). Self-esteem comes in all sizes: How to be happy and healthy at your natural weight. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books.
J.E. Johnston (1994). Appearance obsession: Learning to love the way you look. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.
Jane Rachel Kaplan (1980). A woman’s conflict: The special relationship between women and food. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Anna Kirkland (2008). Fat rights: Dilemmas of difference and personhood. NY: New York University Press.
Gina Kolata (2007). Rethinking thin: The new science of weight loss and the myths and realities of dieting. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Gina Kolata (2003). Ultimate fitness: The quest for truth about exercise and health. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Don Kulick and Anne Meneley (Eds.) (2005). Fat: The anthropology of an obsession. NY: Penguin.
Marilyn Lawrence (1987). Fed up and hungry: Women, oppression and food. New York: Peter Bedrick Books.
Kathleen LeBesco (2004). Revolting bodies? The struggle to redefine fat identity. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.
Pat Lyons and Debby Burgard (1990). Great shape: The first fitness guide for large women. Palo Alto: Bull Publishing Co.
Morag MacSween (1993). Anorexic bodies: A feminist and sociological perspective on anorexia nervosa. London: Routledge.
M. Maine (2000). Body wars: Making peace with women’s bodies. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books.
Ken Mayer (1993). Real women don’t diet. Silver Spring, MD: Bartleby Press.
Mayer, V., Schoenfielder, L., & Wieser, B. (1983). Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.
Rosalyn Meadow and Lillie Weiss (1992). Women’s conflicts about eating and sexuality: The relationship between food and sex. NY: Harrington Park Press (book affiliate of Haworth Press).
Marcia Millman (1990). Such a pretty face: Being fat in America. New York: W.W. Norton.
Alicia Mundy (2001). Dispensing with the truth: The victims, the drug companies, and the dramatic story behind the battle over Fen-Phen. NY: St. Martin’s Press.
Murray, Samantha (2008). The ‘fat’ female body. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Beverly Naidus (1993). One size does not fit all. Aigis Publications, 1449 West Littleton Blvd., Suite 200, Littleton, CO 80120.
Leslea Newman (1993). Eating our hearts out: Personal accounts of women’s relationship to food. Freedom: The Crossing Press.
Grace Nichols (1985). The fat black woman’s poems. London: Vintage Press.
J. Eric Oliver (2005). Fat politics: The real story behind America’s obesity epidemic. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Linda Omichinski (1993). You count, calories don’t. Tamos Books, 300 Wales Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 2S8 Canada.
Susie Orbach (1986). Hunger strike: The anorectic’s struggle as a metaphor for our age. NY: W.W. Norton.
Judith Rodin (1992). Body traps: Breaking the binds that keep you from feeling good about your body. NY: William Morrow & Co.
Laura Rose (1994). Life isn’t weighed on the bathroom scale. Waco, TX: WRS Publishing.
Geneen Roth (1984). Breaking free from compulsive eating. New York: Signet.
Geneen Roth (1982). Feeding the hungry heart: The experience of compulsive eating. New York: Signet.
Carole Shaw and Hank Nuwer (1982). Come out, come out, wherever you are. Los Angeles, CA: American R.R. Publishing Co.
Lisa Schoenfielder and Barb Wieser (Ed.) (1983). Shadow on a tightrope: Writings by women on fat oppression. Iowa City, Iowa: Aunt Lute Book Company.
Charles Roy Schroeder (1992). Fat is not a four-letter word. Chronimed Publishing Co., P.O. Box 47945, Minneapolis, MN 55447.
Hillel Schwartz (1986). Never satisfied: A cultural history of diets, fantasies, and fat. New York: The Free Press.
Patricia Schwartz (1996). Women of substance. Tokyo, Japan: Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts.
Roberta Pollack Seid (1989). Never too thin: Why women are at war with their bodies. NY: Prentice Hall Press.
Jeffery Sobal and Donna Maurer (1999). Interpreting weight: The social management of fatness and thinness. NY: Aldine de Gruyter.
Jeffery Sobal and Donna Maurer (1999). Weighty issues: Fatness and thinness as social problems. NY: Aldine de Gruyter.
Sondra Solovay (2000). Tipping the scales of justice: Fighting weight-based discrimination. NY: Prometheus Books.
Carole Spitzak (1990). Confessing excess: Women and the politics of body reduction. New York: State University of New York Press.
Peter Stearns (1997). Fat history: Bodies and beauty in the modern West. NY: New York University Press.
Susan Stinson (1993). Belly songs: In celebration of fat women. Northampton, MA: Common Wealth Printing Co.
Susan Stinson (1995). Fat girl dances with rocks. Minneapolis, MN: Spinsters, Inc.
Leigh Summers (2001). Bound to please: A history of the Victorian corset. Oxford: Berg.
Pattie Thomas and Carl Wilkerson (2005). Taking up space: How eating well and exercising regularly changed my life. Pearlsong Press.
Becky Thompson (1994). A hunger so wide and so deep: A multiracial view of women’s eating problems. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Ruth Raymond Thone (1997). Fat: A fate worse than death? NY: Haworth Press. York, England: Raw Nerve Books.
Corinna Tomrley and Ann Kaloski Naylor (Eds.) (2009). Fat studies in the UK.
Walter Vandereycken and Ron van Deth (1994). From fasting saints to anorexic girls: The history of self-starvation. NY: New York University Press.
Marilyn Wann (1998). Fat! So? Because you don’t have to apologize for your size. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.
Carol Wiley (Ed.) (1994). Journeys to self-acceptance: Fat women speak. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.
Naomi Wolf (1991). The beauty myth, by Naomi Wolf. NY: William Morrow & Co.
Karlin Jasper. Are you too fat, Ginny? NY: Is Five Press.
Leslea Newman and Michael Willhoite. Belinda’s bouquet. Allyson Wonderland.
Leandra Spandler (1995). Paper Doll Book. Bear Creek Paperworks, 405 West Texas, Columbia, MO 65202, 1-800-379-0759.
Joanne Ikeda and Priscilla Naworski. Am I fat? Helping young children accept differences in body size. 1-800-321-4407.
Andy Mills and Becky Osborn Shapesville. Gurze Books.
BOOKS FOR TEENS
Marion Crook (1991). The body image trap: Understanding and rejecting body image myths. Self-Counsel Press, 1481 Charlotte Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 1H1, Canada.
Leslea Newman (1994). Fat Chance. NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.
The Famine Within. Direct Cinema, Limited, 1990. Box 69799, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
Throwing our Weight Around. Roundabout Productions, 1989, c/o BAFL, P.O. Box 1836, Jamaica Plains, MA 02130.
Nothing to Lose (1998). by Fat Lips Readers Theatre. Wolfe Video, P.O. Box 64, New Almaden, CA 95042.
Killing Us For Our Own Good: Dieting and Medical Misinformation. A presentation by Dawn Atkins. Body Image Task Force, P.O. Box 934, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0934.