Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

How the female body has been racialized for over two hundred years There is an obesity epidemic in this country and poor black women are particularly stigmatized as "diseased" and a burden on the public health care system. This is only the most recent incarnation of the fear of fat black women, which Sabrina Strings shows took root more than two hundred years ago. How the female body has been racialized for over two hundred years There is an obesity epidemic in this country and poor b...

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Title:Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
Author:Sabrina Strings
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1479886750
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia Reviews

  • Lela Brown
    May 22, 2019
    This book documents the connection between fatphobia and white supremacy. Originally a means of controlling the bodies of white women as a part of eugenics, weight control went from medical concern over thinness to overt association between curvy bodies or bodies with more body fat and...
  • Dara (Dara Reads OK)
    Jun 14, 2019
    Excellent academic look at the ways that racist ideas of what constitutes a beautiful body have been ingrained in the fiber of the wellness industry. This is a much needed addition to the conversation on justice and racism in this country. Health and wellness providers should think lon...
  • Lucie Simone
    Oct 01, 2019
    I didn?t finish this book. I found it so dry despite the fact I think the subject matter is very important and worthwhile. This just felt like I was reading someone?s PhD dissertation. It was super academic and as a result put me to sleep. As an academic research report, I?m sure...
  • Kristine
    May 08, 2019
    Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early May. Racial stereotypes held by white people and those with European ancestry toward the appearance o black men & women (i.e. Hottentot Venus, BBWs, savagery, hypersexualization) as well as ...
  • Kate Dansette
    Jun 18, 2019
    I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. This book was a thoroughly research account of how fatphobia (or fatmisia) arose from the othering of African bodies. It's so well written and as well as academics would be of interest to anyone who wa...
  • Libby
    Sep 02, 2019
    This book was excellent, and very factual. It took me longer than I had estimated to finish it, because I have never encountered a non-fiction book that is so exactly correct in its historical context. Strings does an excellent job of assuring readers have all the facts, as well as pro...
  • Vicky Anderson
    Oct 26, 2019
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  • Heikemarie
    May 28, 2019
    This nonfiction work has several goals at once.  First, to outline the history of the ideal woman from somewhere in the European middle ages into the present.  Second, to connect the introduction of slavery and black slaves to the turn toward idealization of the thin (and white) woma...
  • Janet
    May 20, 2019
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do ?. How the female body has been racializ...
  • Dre
    Jul 31, 2019
    Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings is an in-depth exploration of the female body and how it has been racialized + stigmatized for over 200 years. This book gives several accounts of how the body type and size of black women has been marveled at,...
  • Steven
    Oct 22, 2019
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  • Amy Elaine
    Oct 17, 2019
    I wanted to love this book but couldn?t. The academic style writing was dry and inaccessible to me. ...
  • Kendra
    Apr 22, 2019
    This is an outstanding examination about fatphobia body size, especially in regard to black women. The author uses primary sources from the history of the United States to draw attention to the ways in which fat women, and fat black women in particular, were and are thought of by white...
  • Gianna
    Apr 16, 2019
    This is one of the best researched and most in-depth books I've ever written, about a subject I knew hardly anything about. The subject might seem small, the racial influences on the fear of obesity, but it goes in depth about the history of black people in Europe and the rise of the a...
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    Aug 23, 2019
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    Oct 06, 2019
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    Aug 31, 2019
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  • Kat
    Oct 29, 2019
    This is incredibly interesting and highly necessary. I only wish it were longer?I'd happily read a sequel / follow-up that specifically focused more on the post-1960s media's role in simultaneously demonizing Black women and disciplining white women in its excoriation of fatness. ...
  • Cristie Underwood
    May 19, 2019
    This was an interesting book that explained how being fat was first a phobia over 200 years ago. The author went into great detail as to how black women in particular have been looked down upon due to being overweight. This was a really interesting book. ...
  • Kimberly Dykes-James
    Jun 07, 2019
    Amazing read. No matter what, people will form their opinion. But, a great read. ...
  • Gemma Gibson
    Sep 05, 2019
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    Nov 07, 2019
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    Oct 22, 2019
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  • Amelia
    Aug 11, 2019
    I received an ARC via NetGalley.. Fearing The Black Body is a really interesting historical overview of how fatness has been racialised over several hundred years all the way back to the dutch old masters and the birth of capitalism. It shows how ideas around black fatness in the Am...
  • IquoImoh Terry
    Apr 14, 2019
    A must read especially in our present time. When will we stop seeing the black body as something to be feared but one to be uplifted. This book is one that I will recommend for my book club. ...
  • Megan
    Sep 14, 2019
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  • Krista Morris
    Oct 29, 2019
    This is a well-researched, interesting book about a topic that many women think about - body shape and weight. It's definitely challenged my perspective on the cultural "norm" for female body standards, and it seems to prove its argument that standards have shifted as needed to differe...
  • Katherine Shark
    Oct 04, 2019
    Phenomenal and eye-opening. Dr. Strings discusses how the thin ideal of Western, particularly American, culture is based in intense Protestant and Christian sense of ascetic morality, as well as founded in large part by prominent eugenics doctors in the 1800s. This book is a required r...
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    Aug 09, 2019
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    Nov 08, 2019
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