Fat Is a Feminist Issue [Susie Orbach] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In one volume together with its bestselling sequel When it was first. Published 40 years ago, psychotherapist Susie Orbach’s Fat Is a Feminist Issue remains a cult classic for its penetrating insights into the cultural obsession. Susie Orbach (born 6 November ) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic. Her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue, analysed the.

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Gives a different perspective, in a boring way. The public loved it. Today I live close to where I grew up, but Britain and England has changed so dramatically it feels like another country. Six months later, she had a whole new outlook on life; she went on to offer therapy to women with eating disorders many years later, one of them would be Princess Diana.

A quick reminder … Fat is a Feminist Issue

To ask other readers questions about Fat Is a Feminist Issueplease sign up. My mother was a New Yorker and my father was a politician and I had an older brother. From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan: There are some parts that are absolutely spot-on with regards to women’s relationship with food, dieting, their own bodies and the bodies of other people.

Retrieved 17 October She is a co-founder [3] and board member [4] of Antidote, which works for emotional literacy. Books by Susie Orbach. Retrieved from ” https: But the shame, the hiding, fxt confusions that beset feninist would diminish and we ks be stronger in our fightback and our fight to control our own bodies. This should alarm us.

Sep 13, Alexandra rated it liked it. But I do think her instructions for going from I think most people would benefit from the ideas in this book. Feb 21, Isshe rated it liked it. Hoe much shit she has to endure to just live and enjoy her life.


I say “theory” – but here, it’s presented as fact.

Sep 21, Tortla marked it as to-read Shelves: We are talking of large industries and excessive hours spent in persuading us to labour over transforming while attempting to live from our bodies.

Their genitals are not to be in view for themselves. She postulates that women get fat because it means they will be taken more “seriously in their working lives outside the home”. She proposes a vastly more complex thesis: Although these are imagined cases, they tell a truth about the daily struggles, ruminations and experience of being a therapist. Orbach is also a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.

Trending topics Best of Long Reads. Particularly in the first book I found myself thinking there was plenty of encouragement to set up self-help groups, but little guidance.

It’s a basic manual on how to start a help group. Another country I was born in and grew up in a secular Jewish family in Chalk Farm, north London.

Well I have been both overweight and very slim more than once! They were at most 10 kilogrammes 22 lbs overweight. Order by newest oldest recommendations. This was written in the 70s, updated in the 80s and is still so relevant today. As a person who has read many books on different topics to do with feminism, this book was different to me. It seemed ever so dull. Beauty work became relentless and, with it, the ubiquity of judgment and failure. She then becomes an expert in helping women with overeating problem, and the book is both collection of self-help exercises and histories of women that Orbach worked with.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue

While I understand that this was revolutionary when first published, I don’t think it has quite held onto that. I had no money, I just happened to end up there.


By the time they become preteens, girls have been living on their smartphones.

Only then does the author even acknowledge that fat is stigmatised and n Do not read this book. Can’t believe your question has been sitting here for seven months without an answer! Whether they know it or not, they enjoy the topsy-turvy advantages that their layers of fat offer them.

At school, we were encouraged to compete with boys for Oxbridge places while soaking in knowledge which would, when the time came for marriage, delight and please our husbands.

This phrase – and how much do I hate ‘the weight’ as a phrase? I also say that I don’t need to waste my time and energy on trying to read this anymore. Susie Orbach — The psychotherapist made famous by Fat Is a Feminist Orbch is now analysing the obsession of both sexes with their looks”.

The body has become a political project. It’s hard because people closest to you are often the ones that project their fears of fat onto you and constantly hurt emotionally because of this.

The other problem I had was the feeling that it was about ‘losing the weight’. In fact, the vast majority of them did not.

Midwives and health x tell me they have noticed a dramatic change. But the price they pay is a high one. I naively hoped my book would change the world.