We aim to host a Fat Studies MOOO each month; registration is required for each event.
Currently, there are complications and tensions around fatness and disability and an important and ongoing conversation about the nuances of tying fatness and disability together and the possible consequences of doing so. In this talk, I will review the scholarship about fatness as a disability with the aim of showing that—twenty years out from Charlotte Coopers’ landmark initial inquiry into whether a fat woman can call herself disabled and fifteen years out from my own similar inquiry—fatness as a disability is still being explored by scholars in ways that raise important and challenging questions. From the perspective of many people in the scholarly and activist community, in a world where both people who are fat and people who are disabled (and perhaps especially people who live at the intersections of those identities and other marginalized social locations) are still positioned as social pariahs, thinking through fatness as a disability still offers personal and political possibilities for justice and an important means of thinking through lived experiences using an intersectional model. In the end, I will suggest that more theorizing needs to be done about disability and fatness and how those categories interact with social locations such as race, sexuality, and class so that we can best understand people’s experiences of their bodies and how fatness and disability are often co-constructed.
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