Fat Is A Feminist Issue Paperback – 5 Jan 2006
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"Virtually all feminist debate on body image and beauty imagery owes its existence to Susie Orbach's enduring formulation" (Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth)
"Susie Orbach's pioneering work isn't just the first to expose the links between sexual politics and female dieting; it remains the classic work on the subject ... it is more essential than ever that Fat is a Feminist Issue be read by every woman" (Susan Faludi, bestselling author of Backlash)
"[Orbach's] pungent psychoanalytic insights and plain good sense ensure that this is still the sharpest, and best bible for the food junkie" (The Independent)
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I knew that dieting had never worked for me, and I knew that my emotions were somehow bound up in my eating habits, but I didn't have the tools to unlock them. Orbach very concisely lists the main reasons we form anxiety about our bodies, obsessively diet, and compulsively eat and helps you to work through these complex neuroses and come to terms with your body and learn to see food as a friend again. I have cleared my cupboards of low-fat diet products and filled them with abundant gorgeous food. Yet I'm the slimmest I've been in years!
Ladies, buy this book now, fall back in love with food (and your body) and you'll never have to say The diet starts Monday" ever again!
I'm somewhat overweight and have many serious health problems, which contribute to my weight issues in a number of ways. I didn't expect to relate so much to the different reasons that I could be choosing to stay overweight, but after reading this book I now have no doubt that at least part of my inability to maintain a healthier weight is not physical.
I'm a feminist, of course. (I don't understand at all any woman who wouldn't want to be identified as a feminist, someone who supports equal rights for men and women, and who find the term cringe-worthy. It is only a terrible term if you believe all the anti-feminist and status quo supporting media and propaganda and so on, surely?) But I was surprised in reading this book how much of it really hit home with me, but how little any of it had to do with my gender or with feminism!
Not all the possible reasons for staying overweight had to do with feminism, as the title of this book may suggest. In fact, the vast majority of them did not. Some of the parts which did have to do with gender, such as mother-daughter competitiveness issues, I didn't relate to at all, possibly because they the book is very dated. (My mother has always worked and so doesn't envy my ability to work, for example.)
Some of the book is very dated, but it is easy enough to skip over those parts and to spend time contemplating the more timeless concepts. I'd very much recommend this book for men dealing with high or low weight issues, as well as women. It is a classic and you're sure to gain some real insight into your unconscious thoughts and actions by reading it.
This book provides lots of food for thought!
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.
1. It goes into the general cultural context- why women have a problem with fat, what those problems might be, etc...she's done her research
2. She provides the basics for a new approach which is similar to the one advocated by Geneen Roth, the beyond chocolate method,etc but consolidates their ideas into this one comprehensive book
3. She provides practical excercises on how to start facing your body issues with mirror excercises/writing excercises, etc.
All in all the most practical, satisfying book i've read on the subject and the one that's helped me most to gain a new perspective of my eating.
I would thoroughly recommend it for any woman who has problems with their eating: I would not have believed the almost magical effect it would have on me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a revelation. Over the last few years I've been making my way through the feminist 'classics' and this is right up there for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nic S
Susie Orbach is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who famously worked with the late Prencess of Wales she has written a number of books which have become required reading for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Smith
Dated and absolutely nothing new. In fact everything is old and not relevant to me at all. Shame as was looking forward to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs A
I've heard about this book for years and never read it. I really wish I'd read it years ago - it could have saved me a lot of heart-ache. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Loves films
I didn't have high hopes for this book, because I knew that it was based on psychoanalysis, therefore would have as much scientific value as, say, astrology. Read morePublished 3 months ago by WeAreWhatWeRead
This book stopped the disordered eating I had developed by my late teens. 30 years later I am still grateful for the emotional weight lifted, possibly the most valuable book I've... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Me, here.
I found this book fascinating but I definitely did not agree with all of Susie Orbach's ideas. One of her ideas is that women become fat in order to escape being seen as a sex... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ms. H. C. Swindells
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