Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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.
Lawrence, Kara A., "The Fat Agenda: An Analysis of Fatphobia, Race, Gender, Sexuality and Black Womanhood." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.
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