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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I remember thinking, “you don’t oebach ED’s at all! I very much enjoyed the new introduction – Susie speaks about the diet industry and its success depending on the failure of its customers; about unrealistic expectations placed on women from early childhood; about the media pressures and online pressures facing young women today – I marked a lot of passages for re-reading, it spoke to me.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

I’ve always considered myself a feminist, and I’ve read quite a lot about how we relate to food as human beings and women, and still this book had a number of intriguing new ideas for me to mull over, and a few new ways to look at things. I learned certain ideas just because they were in the atmosphere — I learned that social justice and peace and anti-colonialism were important words. I wasn’t sure I fully appreciated that. In an age where women want to be sexy, nurturing, dome When it was first published, Fat Is Isue Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then.

This should alarm us.

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. Psychotherapist Susie Orbach says 40 years later, fat is still a feminist issue In town for the Hong Kong Literary Festival, the British psychoanalyst, writer and activist talks about riding the wave of feminism in the s and why she is furious that little has changed since she published her first book in Everything was up for being rethought — families, bodies, education, science, medicine, class, racism, money, sex.


Susie Orbach born 6 November is a British psychotherapistpsychoanalystwriter and social critic. I don’t understand at all any woman who wouldn’t want to be identified as a feminist, someone who supports equal rights for men and women, and who find the term cringe-worthy.

Winnicott, Winnicott on the Child p. 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’.

This was written in the 70s, updated in the 80s and is still so relevant today. While some situations regarding how women are treated have indeed changed between the original publication date of the book, FIFI II and the various editions, this book still had some amazing insights for me.

Please login to subscribe. It is felt as the expression of personal agency, with the promise that looking good is doing good. This page was last edited on 2 Septemberat But Orbach is writing in the days before men had issues: The advice and exercises are interesting but I did feel that there was a lot of focus on being slim and some quite substantial assumptions that in controlling compulsive eating everyone can be slim.

Some of the book is very dated, but it is easy enough to skip over those parts and to spend time contemplating the more timeless concepts. Don’t get me wrong, as an overeater I think much of the analysis of overeating rings utter Occasionally you pick up and book and it turns out not to be what you expected. Also, if you have a group of like-minded women that want to work out their emotions connected with eating, this book is for you. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Starting over My marriage ended after 35 years. More and more women are fat. Many of us started challenging the homogeneity of what constituted beauty.

Why fat is still a feminist issue”. This is remedied in the practical follow-up, but it still feels quite vague. Orbach’s first book, Fat is a Feminist Issuebrought the problems of women’s relationships to their bodies and their eating to public consciousness. Maurice OrbachRuth Hubsch parents. I really struggled orbsch this book. This pioneering anti-diet book is widely agreed to have one of the best titles ever; hardly surprising that it quickly became a bestseller, and is now safely established feminst a classic.


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. In fact, the vast majority of them did not.

But the price they pay is a high one. What an obvious idea when you spell it out. It seemed ever so dull. I skim read the last of it. Australian classical pianist on finding God and rare pianos 7 Dec I read this book while I was trying to recover from my eating disorder and I found some parts really enjoyable, but other parts made me angry.

She was chair of the Relational School in the UK. The development of a body that eats and eats may have come from the struggling efforts of an inadequate mother, but that isshe — 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.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue

Stabilizing at a normal weight or losing weightfor Orbach is not about the right diet or the right habit, but a psychicological reorganization in her case facilitated by group theropy. 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”.

Emotionally schooled to see our value as orvach sexual beings for others and midwives to their desires, we found ourselves often depleted and empty, and caught up in a kind of compulsive giving. This book was one of the first to talk about women’s relationship with fat. 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.

But I do think her instructions for going from I think most people would benefit from the ideas in this book.