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I have a piece in Salon about how the concepts of “homosexuality” and “obesity” are examples of how deviance from social ideals gets medicalized, and how recognizing this requires recognizing that definitions of health and disease often have an unavoidably political component. Update :Responding to a couple of comments: (1) LP2 suggests that food is […]

Kevin Smith and MeMe Roth

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On February 18, 2010
I have a piece in The Daily Beast on the Kevin Smith Southwest Airlines incident. What happened to Smith, who was apparently aribtrarily thrown off a flight for being too fat, is the kind of humiliating incident to which bigger than average people are subjected to constantly. Some day they’re going to start getting mad. […]

The body politic

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On February 11, 2010
Thoughts on Michelle Obama’s dream of a nation with no fat kids. I’m going to be on the Diane Rehm show on NPR at 10 AM eastern to talk about this. Update: Shorter Diane Rehm Show Me: The things Michelle Obama is advocating have been tried a bunch of times in large well-designed studies. They […]
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Fat and Identity Politics

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On January 20, 2010

I’m doing a talk on this topic at UCLA tomorrow. The price is right for any LA LGMers looking to stretch their entertainment dollar. I’m staying at a guest house on campus tonight and ther

Fat Rights/Gay Rights

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On July 31, 2009

Reading through the comments here and here and here I’m reminded of the many suggestive parallels between arguments about body diversity and those regarding sexual orientation. To simplify a gre

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