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September 29, 2014

“Fat is a Feminist Issue”

Obesity is an increasing epidemic in the United States, in fact an estimated fifty percent of women are overweight (page 448). Being fat is not just a feminist issue, most women do not have control over their weight gain or inability to be fit. To say fat is a feminist issue is sexist and bias. However the pressures placed on women in American society to maintain a certain imagine is increasing through everyday media.
Therapist, publisher and author Susie Orbach wrote “Fat is a Feminist Issue” in 1978, one passage of the book Susie states “fat is a social disease, and fat is a feminist issue. Fat is not about lack of self-control or lack of willpower. Fat is about protection, sex nurturance, strength, boundaries, mothering, substance, assertion and rage. It is response to the inequality of the sexes. Fat expresses experiences of women today in ways that are seldom examined and even more seldom treated…..” (Page 449). Some may argue that obesity is a woman’s disease, I would say this is primarily true, obesity is a disease that affect men as well but in today’s society media plays a big role in our everyday lives. The things that are highly favored by majority can reflect our own lifestyles. However the pressure to look a certain way, and maintain a certain weight is forced upon females in dominant American culture, this gives society the presumption that this is very much so a female issue.
As a man in America you are not pressured as much to hold a self-imagine. In fact a man can be judge of social status by the woman he has on his arm. Yet being a woman of great social value and worth requires you to have a…...

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