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Good Reading February 27, 2007

Posted by Winter in body politics, feminist theory.

I’m liking Maia’s post It’s not anti-feminist to go on a diet; it is anti-feminist to write a diet book.

Zoe Williams article is called You’re Vain and Stupid and the first sentance says: “Women who fixate on their weight should relinquish their right to be taken seriously.” I don’t even know where to start with this – when did women even win the right to be taken seriously? But the real reason Zoe Williams argument is not feminist is because it asks the question ‘why do women fixate about their weight’ and answers it ‘because they’re stupid’. Feminism’s most basic tenet is women’s problems are structural and political, not individual. “Because women are stupid” is rarely a feminist answer to any question.

Embedded link Maia’s.



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