Date of Award

12-11-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Tiffany King

Second Advisor

Chamara Kwayke

Third Advisor

Megan Sinnott

Abstract

As a result of colonialism and hegemonic patriarchy, experiencing life with intersecting oppressions is extremely taxing. The added difficulty of being overweight can contribute additional stress in an appearance driven society. Yourdictionary.com reductively defines fatphobia as “the fear and dislike of obese people and or/ obesity” (yourdictionary.com). The term is not acknowledged in more credible dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster or Oxford. Through personal narrative I will reveal the ways in which fatphobia, along with the interlocking oppressions of racism and sexism, can negatively impact the expression of Black women’s sexuality and humanity.

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