Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
"Let's Get Together and Chew the FAT: Women, Size, and Community in Modern America" argues that between 1948 and the 1980s, women in America formed communities around issues of size in order to claim agency over their bodies. Primarily concerned with losing weight, many women in these groups nonetheless created new tools and abilities with which to resist oppression based on body size. Some women went as far as to form explicitly positive fat identities and reject compulsory slenderness. This dissertation investigates four cases studies: TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly), Overeaters Anonymous, Weight Watchers, and the Fat Liberation movement of the 1970s to uncover how women within these groups established interpersonal agency and grappled with the meaning of fat for women in America.
Serafine, Amelia Earhart, ""Let's Get Together and Chew the FAT": Women, Size and Community in Modern America" (2017). Dissertations. 2852.
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