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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However, what bothered me when I was reading this book was that no women which history was told in the book, was really fat. To ask other readers questions about Fat Is a Feminist Issueplease sign up.

I’ve read a few other really good books that refer to it in ‘glowing terms’ so I really wanted to read it and expected it to totally change how I orbac

Beauty work became relentless and, with it, the ubiquity of judgment and failure. Orbach is also a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.

Forty years since Fat Is A Feminist Issue

It will probably be of little interest to the casual, non-binge-eating reader, but – even 27 years on – it may still prove profoundly useful to any woman locked in a destructive cycle of dieting and gorging. If you plan on never having children – good luck, because you won’t find anything here. But Orbach’s main message is slightly over-simplified – I think sometimes she overvalues the role of ‘fat’ rather than the role of food itself, and as she herself admits, all the women she worked with were white.

Several of us formed a group to study this book, and it was one of the most supportive and educational endeavors I have ever experienced. Too often food is a source of anguish, as are our bodies.

As a practical manual, Orbach’s text is dated it’s subtitle in many editions was — ‘a self-help guide for compulsive eaters. Because it doesn’t tell you to diet, see!

Three Wishes in Bardo: Women unconsciously make themselves fat for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, to protect themselves from sexuality, to provide a buffer between their bodies and society, to feel they can succeed in business because they are less objectified. It all starts when Susie Orbach joins a feminist group that is working on body image and overeating problem. The fat self is a sort of protection against the vulnerable true self that isn’t fat.


This is far more useful than any diet book, it’s about repairing our relationship with food and destroying the idea of good and bad food. The advice and exercises are interesting but I did feel that there was a lot of focus on being slim and some q I picked this up thinking that this would look at the relationships between food and dieting and the use of these to control women’s bodies and lives, a concept that has been touched upon in some of the other literature I’ve read.

She postulates that women get fat because it means they will be taken more “seriously in their working lives outside the home”. For 10 years Orbach had a column in The Guardian on emotions in public and private life. I finally put it down when I realised that the second book was all about overcoming compulsive overeating – and when the author described women over lbs as “extremely large”.

Also, it shows how scary the dieting indust Some things in this book went over my head even if I tried to catch them: I did enjoy the analytical aspect of the first half of the book but yeah. More and more women are fat. My mother has always worked and so doesn’t envy my ability to work, for example. Susie Orbach – the therapist who treated Diana, Princess of Wales, for her eating disorders; the founder of the Women’s Therapy Center of London; a former columnist for The Guardian; a visiting professor at the London School of Economics; and the author of best-seller Fat is a Feminist Issue – is, aside from Sigmund Freud, probably the most famous psychotherapist to have ever set up couch in Britain.

This is remedied in the practical follow-up, but it still feels quite vague. The other thing that bothered me is that the book gets a bit repetitive at times. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Well I have been both overwe I really struggled with this book. But I do think her instructions for going from disordered eating to gaining a better relationship with food is so so important. Nov 18, bronberry rated it it was ok.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul 07, Sam rated it it was ok Shelves: The book includes case studies of amputees and children who have been fostered or fdminist and offers a critique of the beauty, diet, style and pharmaceutical industries as well as current thinking on the ‘obesity’ crisis.


Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. Would this book be difficult or triggering to read while coping with eating disorder recovery?

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. Topics Society The Observer.

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At school, we were femlnist to compete with boys for Oxbridge places while soaking in knowledge which would, when the time came for marriage, delight and please our husbands. Sep 13, Alexandra rated it liked it. But I know from the young women I work with that the search for likes is rather more troubling than that. As a person who has read many books on different topics to do with feminism, this book was different to me.

Mar 26, Efminist Cook rated it it was prbach. Another important area of her work relates to the dynamics in relationships. In Understanding WomenOrbach and Eichenbaum theorise women’s psychology from the perspective of their work at the Women’s Therapy Centre and introduce the concept of ‘the little girl inside’.

She proposes a vastly more complex thesis: In an age where women want to be sexy, nurturing, domestic goddesses, confident at work, and feminine too, the twenty-first-century woman is poorly armed for survival. Retrieved 17 October Feb 21, Sophia rated it liked it. Books by Susie Orbach. I said sure, so that was that. It reminded me how important it was at the time first published in the late s and how important ffeminist remains now, not for the detail of its treatment of research – there is plenty of other more up to date work that does that, not for its self-help aspects, but for its demand that we see being fat, eating and bodies as social issues and for its insistence that we confront the politics that underpin these issues.


Occasionally you pick up and book and it turns out not to be what you expected. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. They were at most 10 kilogrammes 22 lbs overweight.