to be a girl, to be a woman

I’m reading the book, Fat is a Feminist Issue. I almost don’t even want to finish it and I am not sure that I will because the author keeps suggesting that women just decide to be fat as almost some act of rebellion. For me, being fat has never been a conscious and it makes me feel angry every time I read where she (the author) suggests that. If I could have easily become skinny during all the years I have been harassed or was teased for my weight as a child, I surely would have. There is no doubt in my mind. This author even said she’s never really been too much over weight so she’s probably fucking clueless to an extent. While all women probably feel pressure about their weight, thin privilege IS a thing ya’ll.

I pulled out quotes I thought were interesting until I started getting pissed off at this book.

“To be a girl, to be a woman, is to embody the brand of woman which lives within a binary which proclaims thin is ok and other-non-thin-bodies as wanting.” – Fat is a Feminist Issue

Each selfie a girl posts takes on average 12 minutes to get right. Thats not including the time to dress and make up for it.

“More often than not, for the individual, fat isn’t about the physical: it is in their own mind and in their articulation of what they believe fat to be.”

“i began to realize that fat and thin were more powerful as states of mind than they are as literal translations of size.”

Published by Christine Gaffney Art

Christine Gaffney is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Dayton, Ohio. She is currently attending the University of Cincinnati where she is pursuing a master’s in Fine Arts and in Art Education. She has studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include concepts of identity, gender and religion. Her work embraces ideas around body image, body politics, and feminism.

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