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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 13: Fatphobia in Media + Body Image


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 13: Fatphobia in Media + Body Image

Cathy G. Johnson

Artwork by e jackson.

Artwork by e jackson.

Drawing a Dialogue is a podcast discussing comics in historical + educational contexts by Cathy G. Johnson + e remus jackson.

Episode 13: Cathy + e discuss the history of fatphobia and how fat-negative bias was developed in North America. They talk about repercussions in the media + how it still affects us today, including how children develop their sense of self + others.

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Episode Citation (chronologically as mentioned in podcast):

  • Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 12: History of Racism + Physiognomy in Cartooning - Link

  • Natalie Boero, 2012, Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American “Obesity Epidemic” - Rutgers University Press

  • Samantha Kwan & Jennifer Graves, 2013, Framing Fat: Competing Constructions in Contemporary Culture - Rutgers University Press

  • Anshuman Iddamsetty, 2018, “How Video Games Demonize Fat People” - The Outline

  • Megan Kirby, 2015, “The One With All The Fat Jokes, or How Fat Monica on "Friends" Stuck With Me All These Years” - xoJane

  • "Let's Move!," First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to "reduce childhood obesity" - Wikipedia

  • Charlotte Cooper, 2007, “Headless Fatties” - Link

  • Francis Ray White, 2013, “ ‘We’re kind of devolving’: visual tropes of evolution in obesity discourse”, in Obesity Discourse and Fat Politics - Routledge

  • Marjorie J. Hogan + Victor C. Strasburger, Body Image, Eating Disorders, and the Media - Link

  • Van Evra, J. P. (2004). Television and Child Development. Mahwah, N.J.: Routledge.

  • Herbozo, S., Tantleff-Dunn, S., Gokee-Larose, J., & Thompson, J. K. (2004). Beauty and Thinness Messages in Children's Media: A Content Analysis. Eating Disorders, 12(1), 21-34.

  • Panzer, B. M., & Dhuper, S. (2014). Designing a Group Therapy Program for Coping with Childhood Weight Bias. Social Work, 59(2), 141. doi:10.1093/sw/swu003

  • Hayes, S., & Tantleff-Dunn, S. (2010). Am I Too Fat to Be a Princess? Examining the Effects of Popular Children's Media on Young Girls' Body Image. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology, 28(2), 413-426.

  • Lawrie, Z., Sullivan, E. A., Davies, P. W., & Hill, R. J. (2006). Media Influence on the Body Image of Children and Adolescents. Eating Disorders, 14(5), 355-364. doi:10.1080/10640260600952506

Letters To The Editor

  • The work of sociologist Masami Yajima.

What are we reading?

  • Knulp by Hermann Hesse

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