Lazy Sunday Reading

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  • Today’s New York Times has a fabulous article on people who are trying to break the fat ceiling in professional dance.
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  • On her blog On the Whole, Peggy Elam writes about the latest Orwellian anti-fat strategy: converting “obese” workers’ desks into treadmills. This is not a joke. This is not a test. This is – gah! – for real.
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  • Against stupidity the gods may contend in vain, but that doesn’t stop us from pointing and laughing at it. Body impolitic is running a “stupidest fat comment” contest. You have until the end of the month to send in your nominations.
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  • Jeffrey Friedman is trying to “cure obesity” through better chemistry. The more’s the pity if that stops fat activists from reading stuff like this: his 2005 interview with Ira Flatow on “War on Obesity, Not the Obese.” It’s twenty-six pages, but a fascinating and accessible introduction to the science which systematically picks off myths about fat and the “obesity epidemic. ” 
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  • Joy Nash (of Youtube’s Fat Rant fame) has posted a college termpaper she wrote on Fat and Oppression on her Myspace page.  
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  • And if you haven’t already read them, take a gander at this week’s must-read editorials: Paul Campos’ The Weight of the Evidence, and Richard Cohen’s Politics by the Pound.
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2 Responses to “Lazy Sunday Reading”

  1. Sharon Says:

    OOoooo thank you, some of these I haven’t read – I love this blog!

  2. fatfu Says:

    Thanks Sharon 🙂


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