Foucault and Stacey Bias’ “12 Good Fatty Archetypes”

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Everyday Social Theory


In her blog post, Stacey Bias discusses how fat bodies are morally evaluated, often along the lines of how productive or disciplined they are. Are they powerful bodies that serve an economic or useful purpose? Or, bodies being worked towards a body more socially valued body type? This post does a good job of illustrating what Foucault states in The Body of Condemned: the body is invested with power relations. That is, the body is valued according to it’s capacity for labor. Even when we discuss health, what we’re alluding to is the ability to contribute the most to the economy, and society appreciates the symbolic expressions of a laboring subject.

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