Hartley, C. 2010. “Letting Ourselves Go: Making Room for the Fat Body in Feminist Scholarship.”

Hartley, Cecilia. 2010. “Letting Ourselves Go: Making Room for the Fat Body in Feminist Scholarship.” In The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, 3rd ed. Edited by Rose Weitz. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 245-254.

Bartky 1990: “Normative femininity is coming more and more to be centered on woman’s body – not its duties and obligations or even its capacity to bear children, but its sexuality, more precisely its presumed heterosexuality and appearance” (here 247, Bartky pg 80). Use of phrase – let oneself go – presumes feminine norm of control, obedience, discipline. Public censure and scorn for fattening celebrities, public celebration for weight loss and control

Millman 1980: “Women are prone to disembodiment not only because they are constantly exposed to intrusive judgments about their bodies but also because they are taught to regard their bodies as passive objects others should admire. Unlike men who are raised to express themselves unself-consciously through physical activity and sports, women’s bodies are employed to be looked at” (here 252, Millman 98).


Bartky, Sandra Lee. 1990. Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression. New York: Routledge.

Millman, Marcia. 1980. Such a Pretty Face: Being Fat in America. New York: Norton.


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