…their shape and size, as problematic, unruly, and in need of cure in the form of diet and exercise. Much like physical disability, “fatness” is created via a world that does not accept, accommodate, or value persons of different shapes and sizes. And like disability, “fatness” is not merely a personal misfortune; it is a category produced by sy…
Jeffry J. Iovannone
Few things brings this point home more powerfully than traveling to parts of the world where different body types are valued and held to be attractive. It’s hard for us, I think, to really understand that our ideas about attractiveness are not “natural” and inevitable. It’s hard for us to realize that beauty is cultural — until we visit cultures where beauty is very different than it is where we live.
I think that experiencing other cultures, even virtually, is a great way way to start breaking molds.