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Live to Tell: Coming Out as Fat

Live to Tell: Coming Out as Fat <jats:p> Fat individuals live in a fat phobic world. Individuals with a fat identity engage in identity management to negotiate the stigma surrounding fatness. Goffman proposed three forms of identity management: passing, covering, and withdrawing. More recently, scholars have proposed a fourth form of identity management: coming out. In this paper, I consider the usefulness of the four styles in managing the stigmatised identity of fatness. Special consideration is given to whether a fat identity may engage in passing. By integrating theory, literature, and my own experience, autoethnography allows me to identify important markers in my process of coming out as fat. I offer up my narrative as a contribution to the growing discourse on fat identity and stigma management. And in conclusion, I consider whether fat identity development, and coming out as fat, are developmental processes that can be characterised by stages. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

Live to Tell: Coming Out as Fat

Somatechnics , Volume 2 (1): 42 – Mar 1, 2012

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2044-0138
eISSN
2044-0146
DOI
10.3366/soma.2012.0038
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Abstract

<jats:p> Fat individuals live in a fat phobic world. Individuals with a fat identity engage in identity management to negotiate the stigma surrounding fatness. Goffman proposed three forms of identity management: passing, covering, and withdrawing. More recently, scholars have proposed a fourth form of identity management: coming out. In this paper, I consider the usefulness of the four styles in managing the stigmatised identity of fatness. Special consideration is given to whether a fat identity may engage in passing. By integrating theory, literature, and my own experience, autoethnography allows me to identify important markers in my process of coming out as fat. I offer up my narrative as a contribution to the growing discourse on fat identity and stigma management. And in conclusion, I consider whether fat identity development, and coming out as fat, are developmental processes that can be characterised by stages. </jats:p>

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SomatechnicsEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2012

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