Episode 12: On Media & (Fat) Bodies – Interview with Media Studies Scholar (and bad-ass lady) Melissa Zimdars!

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Mel is in Guatemala this week so Raechel had the pleasure of sitting down with media studies scholar Melissa (“Mish”) Zimdars! Raechel asks Mish to share her analysis of representations of fatness (and the intersections of race, gender, and disability) in the media, fat acceptance, and the social construction of health as a moral imperative. See below for more resources!

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Further Reading 


“Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body” by Kate Harding

“Dietland” by Sarai Walker
Fat?So! by Marilyn Wann
“What’s Wrong With Fat?” Abigal Saguay
“The Fat Studies Reader” edited by Esther D. Rothblum and Sondra Solovay
“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxanne Gay (out June 2016)


AND! Check out more from Mish on this topic!


Melissa Zimdars, “Fat Acceptance TV?: Rethinking Reality Television With TLC’s Big Sexy and the Carnivalesque

Melissa Zimdars, “On HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham’s naked body gives audiences a body image reality check

Follow Mish on Twitter!


xoxo raechel & melody


Intro Song: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY 

Outro Song: “Lose Control” Missy Elliot (ft. Ciara)



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