Acceptable Prejudice?: Fat, Rhetoric and Social Justice

Pearlsong Press
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Fat prejudice is exploding in American society,  yet even social justice advocates tend to deny fat individuals protection because fat is seen as unhealthy and permanently changeable—concepts supported by a great deal of societal belief and very little scientific evidence. Using bell hooks' ideology of domination, Lonie McMichael explores the phenomena of fat prejudice—from inception to resistance—through a rhetorical lens. Looking at the actual experiences of fat people, she argues that fat prejudice is neither acceptable nor tolerable in our society.

Publishers Weekly called Acceptable Prejudice? "a useful introduction to a burgeoning movement...will make readers question their attitudes about overweight people."

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About the author

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.

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Pearlsong Press
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Aug 1, 2013
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Language Arts & Disciplines / Rhetoric
Medical / Public Health
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