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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Open Preview See a Problem? This is a hard book to rate because it’s so specific to opening a support group and i have no interest in that. Three Wishes in Bardo: She won a scholarship to North London Collegiate Schooland attended until she was It is surprising, but Orbach was the first to bring a psychoanalytic view of the body to mainstream American culture through isue book.

Show 25 25 50 All. Really, I’m glad I read this after Linda Bacon’s Health at Every Size, which basically has the same advice learn to listen to your body’s signals and develop a healthy relationship with food again but from the perspective of NOT thinking about weight and weight loss, which might end up being the outcome and might not.

Fat Is A Feminist Issue talked about our lived experience: Feb 21, Sophia rated it liked it. This book is essentially a self-help prbach for women with serious weight problems, or at least a seriously wonky relationship with food. There are some parts that are absolutely spot-on with regards to women’s relationship with food, dieting, their own bodies and the bodies of other people. 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.


I thought there was a danger following this particularly if you do it on your own that all that will happen is that you’ll recognise your fears surrounding fat, and then stop there. Finding my voice On my first date with Jo Joseph Schwartz — the man who would become my husband orbwch I told him about compulsive eating and women.

Weight is irrelevant to the primary problem. It is an often desperate search for approval, for safety, for body acceptance — a frequently elusive quest.

Mar 26, Charley Cook rated it it was ok.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. I have really mixed feelings about this book, mainly becasue it reads so much like a self-help title in too many places.

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I found myself nodding energetically in agreement with these parts of the book. How can I relate to that? Mar 09, Jodi rated it it was amazing Shelves: The energy from MeToo, with its reinvigoration of feminism, can help us say enough is enough.

He was always travelling and giving talks and speeches and busy with social justice. Or am I wrong? This is remedied in the isdue follow-up, but it still feels quite vague.

Because it doesn’t tell you to diet, see! But it wasn’t really that. Although these are imagined cases, they tell a truth about the daily struggles, ruminations and experience of being a therapist.

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Furthermore, the book does stipulate that every woman wants to and can be thin femiist 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. This is then exacerbated by a rapacious food industry — from the diet promoters to the so-called clean eating movement to the manufacturers of non-food foods.


Order by newest oldest recommendations. I first read it years ago and now work in a higher education context where a large part of our programme deals with physical activity, exercise and health.

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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. I’m not a mental issur professional, but I do think that there is a real skill needed to drive group therapy and ensure it’s always positive and action-orientated rather than providing an outlet for discussing issues and then just fixating on them.

This page was last edited on 2 September fta, at Orbach’s first book, Fat is a Feminist Issuebrought the problems of women’s relationships to issud bodies and their eating to public consciousness. Several of us formed a group to study this book, and it was one of the most supportive and ks endeavors I have ever experienced. You are fat because you compulsively over eat don’t get me wrong, some of the over-eating talk did ring true, I know all too well that eating when I’m not hungry is a massive habit of mine.

At school, we were encouraged to compete with boys for Oxbridge places while soaking in knowledge which would, when the time came for marriage, delight and please our husbands.