May 18, 2022

EP. 265 — How F$^*#d Up Is Fatphobia? with Professor Sabrina Strings

What do Enlightenment-era paintings, 19th-century American fashion magazines, and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” have in common? They’re all strong examples of what fatphobia has to do with race, class, and gender discrimination. This week, learn all about the origins of anti-fat bias, and how it persists today, with Professor Sabrina Strings.

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina has been featured in dozens of venues, including BBC News, NPR, Huffington Post, Vox, Los Angeles Times, Essence, Vogue, and goop. Her writing has appeared in diverse venues including, The New York Times, Scientific American, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (2019), was awarded the 2020 Best Publication Prize by the Body & Embodiment Section of the American Sociological Association.

You can follow Dr. Strings on Twitter @SaStrings and check out her website Want to learn more? Here are some books and resources she recommends:

Da’Shaun Harrison’s The Belly of the Beast

Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body Is Not An Apology

Dr. Joy Cox’s Fat Girls In Black Bodies

Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Tressie McMillan Cottom’s THICK

Dr. Jill Andrew’s work


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness &  Professor Sabrina Strings JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious and hopefully makes you curious, too. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Professor Sabrina Strings, where I ask her: How fucked up is the history of fatphobia?  Welcome to Getting Curious. This is Jonathan Van Ness. We have such an incredible guest today. Welcome to the show Dr. Sabrina Strings, who is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her book Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, was published by NYU Press–yes, NYU Press–in 2019. Welcome to Getting Curious   should I say Professor Strings, or do you want me to call you Sabrina?  SABRINA STRINGS [00:00:49] Please call me Sabrina. And thank you so much for having me. I’m thrilled to be here. 

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