Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
Sabrina Strings weaves together and eye-opening historical narrative ranging from the Renaissance to the current moment, analyzing important works of art, newspaper and magazine articles, and scientific literature and medical journals- where fat bodies were once praised- showing that fat phobia, as it relates to black women, did not originate with medical findings, but with the Enlightenment era belief that fatness was evidence of "savagery" and racial inferiority.
Fearing the Black Body argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. An important an original work, it reveals that fat phobia isnt about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class and gender prejudice.
Author: Sabrina Strings