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Topics: Woman, Body mass index, Obesity Pages: 6 (1213 words) Published: April 24, 2013
Tatiana Bigelow
26 February 2013
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Fat Is a Feminine Issue by Susie Orback

Susie Orbach is a feminist involved in a organization "that companies body diversity" and has published several books on woman`s health and wellbeing. She believes that compulsive eating is a way to rebel against expectations of a sexist. In the United States it is estimated that 50% of women are overweight. According to Orback, everywhere we look there are commercials, billboards and magazines with diet related articles. Fitness and beauty are women`s goals but often taken for granted, being and feeling fat and overeating is a constant reminder for the women. Being fat imply that the woman has failed to keep her weight under control, and appetite and impulses Is been caused by society to make them believe that is their own fault. Feminists in general argues that being fat is a way to express freedom from the society sex`s stereotypes. Fat is a social issue, not lack of self-control or willpower.

The article states that men and women have their differences in society and labor, and power and expectations, woman`s are expected to get married and get a " good catch" have kids and nurture. Women also in general are extremely self-conscious of their self-image, and always thinking in how others think of their appearance. They are constant been forced to look like or attempted those woman`s on television, and magazines, or they will be rejected by society. Media is representing women first as a sex object then as mothers. As a consequence they became as victims of the fashion and diet industries. Industries are creating stereotypes of women that they should be perfect; no hair on unwanted places, perfect height, weight, clothes, shoes, and perfumes. Schools are teaching young girls how to groom themselves properly, but this job is a never ending job, and seasons change every year. These models of feminism experienced by women is unreal for their daily lives. Being fat is a way that a woman has found to rebel against the stereotypes of the perfect woman, and to be taken for how they are and not if they are thin, or wearing the latest fashion clothes from the store. Orbach believes that when women gain weight, it is to rebel against the stereotypes imposed by the society that we leave in, and to be taken them as they are and not as objects. Susie Orbach’s argument in the article “Fat as a Feminist Issue” is that women are

now using the concept of being “fat” as a way to break away from how the media portrays

women. The overall motive of being a fat woman is to be a rebel and have someone dig

through all of their layers to find out who the person truly is. She continues to state that the

increase in weight of women has little or nothing to with “lack of self-control or lack of will

power” but it a means of “protection, strength, boundaries, assertion, etc...” Another point she

is trying to say in her argument is that fat women are powerless to the media. They play on the

“I am weak” stereotype so that women can shop and try to look socially acceptable. Her overall

conclusive argument is that a woman’s rebellion against the media, society, etc…is through how

much she weighs. I believe that Susie’s article is written in a way that responds to the entire

social stereotypes that plague women in general and not only larger women. Yet, with this wide

scope she manages to narrow her thoughts down to fat women.

I completely disagree with what this author is arguing in her “Fat as a Feminist Issue”

essay. After my divorce, I was going through a lot of stress and I began to not care about my

health. I stopped exercising, caring about what went into my body etc…then end result is now

that I am overweight again. I had to go through a process of accepting myself as larger person

and not as a smaller person. Orback states that “she occupy...

Cited: Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. "Susan Orback, Fat Is a Feminine
Issue.""They Say, I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing : With Readings.
New York: Norton, 2012. 448-53. Print.
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