Publishers Weekly called Acceptable Prejudice? "a useful introduction to a burgeoning movement...will make readers question their attitudes about overweight people."
Lonie McMichael has wanted to be a writer since age 3. For many years she practiced her trade as a technical writer in the high tech industry. After going to graduate school, she found her calling in fat studies, exploring the fat individual’s experience. Graduating with a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric, she wrote her dissertation on the medical rhetoric surrounding the “war on obesity” and how such rhetoric legitimizes fat prejudice—topics which have become two separate books, Talking Fat: Health vs. Persuasion in the War on Our Bodies and Acceptable Prejudice? Fat, Rhetoric and Social Justice.
She currently teaches professional and technical writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is working on her third book about things fat.
Well, no, being fat in and of itself is not bad. However, for the last decade we have been so inundated with negative messages about fat that it is revolutionary to think otherwise. These messages, this rhetoric, though not succeeding in making our society thinner or healthier, have been a resounding success in making us believe that fat is a Very Bad Thing and that fat people are Very Bad People. The rhetoric of the "war on obesity" has only succeeded in increasing prejudice and decreasing health in the very people targeted for "help" while increasing profits for those perpetuating such rhetoric.
In this book, Lonie McMichael, Ph.D. examines the rhetorical success of the current "obesity" propaganda while considering its absolute failure to make people thinner or to make a difference in the health of the American people. Considering empirical studies and statistics as well as the actual experience of fat people, McMichael asserts that the "obesity epidemic" is about many things—prejudice, profit, control, etc., but it is not about health. Arguing that our current paradigm is only hurting our society and the individuals within it, McMichael calls for a change in policy and perspective on fat in American society.
Verbal Judo offers a creative look at conflict that will help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation from your spouse, your boss, and even your teenager. As the author says, "when you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control."
This new edition features a fresh new cover and a foreword demonstrating the legacy of Verbal Judo founder and author George Thompson, as well as a never-before-published final chapter presenting Thompson’s "Five Universal Truths" of human interaction.
The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!
Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle).
Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short—plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (the appeal to ignorance). And Lion doesn’t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn’t like the result (the argument from consequences).
Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.