Fat Is a Feminist Issue [Susie Orbach] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In one volume together with its bestselling sequel When it was first. Published 40 years ago, psychotherapist Susie Orbach’s Fat Is a Feminist Issue remains a cult classic for its penetrating insights into the cultural obsession. Susie Orbach (born 6 November ) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic. Her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue, analysed the.

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While, yes, there were rare moments of insight, I’m not looking for a self help book that will make me overcome bad eating habits to ultimately achieve “the dream” – losing and maintaining a lower weight. This is a combination of two books, first published in and respectively. Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.

Certainly the psychology of FIFI is honest and interesting, and a worthwhile read ffat anyone with body issues; I do subscribe to the idea that it’s women’s subordinate role in society that has lead to so many more body issues for them. Today I live close to where I grew up, but Britain and England has changed so dramatically it feels like another country.

Whether they know it or not, they enjoy the topsy-turvy advantages that orbacj layers of fat offer them. Another important area of her work relates to the dynamics in relationships.

Susie Orbach – Wikipedia

I could go on. Pre-teen girls with legs spread wide apart are looking to camera with a combination of allure, innocence and nonchalance. Their genitals are not to be in view for themselves. Occasionally you pick up and book and it turns out not to be what you expected. We stopped worrying and dared to live from our bodies. Another femknist I was born in and grew up in a secular Jewish family in Chalk Farm, north London.

The desperation that exists to be at peace and dwell in our bodies clashes with the knowledge that such schemas promote or reinforce confusion about appetite and desire.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue

This book still held some feminidt despite the fact that it was written before Iw was born. That is where life happens and the saturation of the screen with images and likes, with its constant entreaty to be approved of, should give us pause. But the shame, the hiding, the confusions that beset us would diminish and we would feminit stronger in our fightback and our fight to control our own bodies.


Am I delighted that the younger generation are coming to these ideas? Aug 09, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: It promises “an updated” version, complete with “new introduction”. It’s hard because people closest to you are often the ones that project their fears of fat onto you and constantly hurt emotionally because of this.

Paperbackpages. According to writer Jeanette Wintersonnow her wife, Orbach “calls herself post-heterosexual”. I don’t agree with the theory that we are fat because of our mothers – either we’re fat because we need them, we’re fat because we no longer need them, or we’re fat to spite them.

This was written in the 70s, updated in the 80s and is still so relevant today. I very much enjoyed the new introduction – Susie speaks about the diet industry and its success depending on the failure of its cu I picked this up blindly as part of an online order. Midwives and health professionals tell me they have noticed a dramatic change. The development of a body that eats and eats may have come from the struggling efforts of an inadequate mother, but that mother — the mother who responds to distress with her own form of unthinking distress — is herself the victim of a culture that often fails to value women except as a sort of body.

Retrieved 17 October How can I relate to that?

My most recent book, In Therapywas something that really absorbed me and I enjoyed because I was doing something in a different form — it was a companion piece to a Radio 4 series of the same name.

Susie Orbach saw the false self as an overdevelopment under parental pressure of certain aspects of the self at the expense of other aspects — of the full potential of the self — producing thereby an abiding distrust of what emerges spontaneously from the individual himself or herself.

Hourly vigilance is yet to come but the notion of a body ready and available for reconstruction is firmly planted. Everything was up for being rethought — families, bodies, education, science, medicine, class, racism, money, sex. It is as normalised as the troubled eating she can expect in her journey through life. As a practical manual, Orbach’s text is dated it’s subtitle in many editions was — ‘a self-help guide for compulsive eaters.


I think most people would benefit from the ideas in this book. The fat self is a sort of protection against the vulnerable true self that isn’t fat. Although these are imagined cases, they tell a truth about the daily struggles, ruminations and experience of being a therapist.

Fashion magazines are normalising pornographic images of girls. It was the first hint that the way we personally felt about and suffered beauty, bodies and caring was a social issue. The public loved it. Now obviously the book is about fat and about why we might make ourselves fat, but for some people overeating is only part of why they are the way they are, and they might be healthier, happier and more confident without losing a pound.

I can’t decide whether reading this book would be good to help me frame my body image in a feminist view or if it would still be too triggering at this point in recovery.

Others do it to de-sexualise themselves; others to avoid competition with other women; others because of their mother’s own iswue relationship with food.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

This is not the case for many women. Furthermore, the book does stipulate that every woman wants to and can be thin as if it is a natural tabula rasa state, but that we need to keep unhealthy food at home to in a way challenge ourselves to not eat it. While I gave this book four stars I say that with rather significant hesitation: Reflecting on our increasingly diet and body-obsessed society, Susie Orbach’s new introduction explains how generations of women and girls are growing up absorbing the eating anxieties around them.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. As a person who has read many books on different topics to do with feminism, this book was different to me.