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Can a Fat Woman Call Herself Disabled?

Can a Fat Woman Call Herself Disabled? As an ostensibly able-bodied fat woman I discuss my experimental usage of 'disabled' to self-define, asserting that this is a problematic label. I criticise some of the mutual misconceptions fat and disabled people share, especially the role of medicalisation, and I explore some similarities and differences in our respective struggles for civil rights. I suggest that identifying as disabled is political in origin, and that disability politics offer an important precedent for fat people. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Disability & Society Taylor & Francis

Can a Fat Woman Call Herself Disabled?

Disability & Society , Volume 12 (1): 12 – Feb 1, 1997
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1360-0508
eISSN
0968-7599
DOI
10.1080/09687599727443
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Abstract

As an ostensibly able-bodied fat woman I discuss my experimental usage of 'disabled' to self-define, asserting that this is a problematic label. I criticise some of the mutual misconceptions fat and disabled people share, especially the role of medicalisation, and I explore some similarities and differences in our respective struggles for civil rights. I suggest that identifying as disabled is political in origin, and that disability politics offer an important precedent for fat people.

Journal

Disability & SocietyTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 1997

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