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Unshrinking: How to Face Fatphobia

Unshrinking: How to Face Fatphobia

Current price: $29.00
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Publisher:
Crown
ISBN:
9780593593837
Pages:
320
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Description

The definitive takedown of fatphobia, drawing on personal experience as well as rigorous research to expose how size discrimination harms everyone, and how to combat it—from the acclaimed author of Down Girl and Entitled

“An elegant, fierce, and profound argument for fighting fat oppression in ourselves, our communities, and our culture.”—Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

For as long as she can remember, Kate Manne has wanted to be smaller. She can tell you what she weighed on any significant occasion: her wedding day, the day she became a professor, the day her daughter was born. She’s been bullied and belittled for her size, leading to extreme dieting. As a feminist philosopher, she wanted to believe that she was exempt from the cultural gaslighting that compels so many of us to ignore our hunger. But she was not.

Blending intimate stories with the trenchant analysis that has become her signature, Manne shows why fatphobia has become a vital social justice issue. Over the last several decades, implicit bias has waned in every category, from race to sexual orientation, except one: body size. Manne examines how anti-fatness operates—how it leads us to make devastating assumptions about a person’s attractiveness, fortitude, and intellect, and how it intersects with other systems of oppression. Fatphobia is responsible for wage gaps, medical neglect, and poor educational outcomes; it is a straitjacket, restricting our freedom, our movement, our potential.

In this urgent call to action, Manne proposes a new politics of “body reflexivity”—a radical reevaluation of who our bodies exist in the world for: ourselves and no one else. When it comes to fatphobia, the solution is not to love our bodies more. Instead, we must dismantle the forces that control and constrain us, and remake the world to accommodate people of every size.

About the Author

Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, where she’s been teaching since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Manne did her graduate work in philosophy at MIT and is the author of two previous books, Down Girl and Entitled.

Praise for Unshrinking: How to Face Fatphobia

“Manne’s argument draws on personal experiences . . . and on trenchant analyses of the ways in which fatness has been regarded throughout history.”—The New Yorker

Unshrinking is an incisive polemic that brilliantly dissects fatphobia, the way it encroaches upon our lives, and how ultimately we can, if we are willing, do the challenging work of unlearning damaging ideas about fatness, health, and happiness.”—Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

“Kate Manne tears down the fortress of Western fatphobia. . . . Unshrinking is a project of deconstruction, archaeology, and care.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“[Manne] writes in harrowing detail of her own experiences of discrimination and the cycle of shockingly disordered eating. . . . Claiming total ownership of one’s own body ought not to feel radical, but perhaps it is.”—The New Statesman

“Manne brilliantly ushers forth scientific studies and powerful anecdotes to dispel us of the [notion] that a fat body is necessarily an unhealthy body. . . .”—Chicago Review of Books

“The personal is political when it comes to fatphobia and Kate Manne has written this intimate and razor-sharp examination to expose the gaslighting, double standards and conditioning behind size discrimination.”—Ms.

Unshrinking is a must-read, no matter your body size, and an unignorable call to action.”—Anne Helen Petersen, author of Can’t Even

“If you have ever struggled to feel safe in your body as it is, or if you have ever wondered who your body is for, Manne has articulated the answer: Our bodies belong to us.”—Virginia Sole-Smith, author of Fat Talk

“An essential book of impossible-to-overstate importance, Unshrinking is a lucid, vital addition to the fat canon.”—Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

“Both trenchant and moving, Unshrinking is a long-overdue reckoning and a manifesto for true intersectionality.”—Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-editor of Critical Race Theory

“Trust Kate Manne to provide the clearest statement of one of the major problems of the twenty-first century.”—Emily Nagoski, author of Come As You Are

“This rich text for the ages is one we should all read, especially if we desire to create a world that treats fat people with more dignity and less disdain.”—Evette Dionne, author of Weightless

Unshrinking is a deft autoethnographic work that brilliantly weaves together indisputable research with parts of Kate Manne’s own personal story.”—Da’Shaun Harrison, author of Belly of the Beast

“As someone raised in the era of ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,’ I am beyond grateful to Kate Manne for ushering in the era of Unshrinking.”—Jessica DeFino, writer, The Unpublishable

“[A] brilliant takedown of fatphobia . . .”Booklist, starred review

“Incisive . . . A brave, thought-provoking book.”—Kirkus Reviews