Check out this article by Laura Kipnis on the politics of fat in Slate. I’ve been a fan of her stuff ever since I read a chapter she’d written about fat in her book Bound and Gagged.
Which, you should probably know, is a book about p0rnography. (And pop culture, and politics, but also, yeah, smut.) It’s one of the first articles of cultural criticism I’d ever read about fat and it helped start me thinking about fat and weight in ways that weren’t just personal.
In this new article I think she’s overstating a lot of things, like the level of faith that some people supposedly have in the “fat is genetic” argument (does anyone fully buy that?), but it’s still worth reading.