Fat and trans: Towards a new theorization of gender in Fat Studies

White, F.R. 2021. Fat and trans: Towards a new theorization of gender in Fat Studies. in: Pausé, C. and Taylor, S.R. (ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies London Routledge. pp. 78-87

Chapter titleFat and trans: Towards a new theorization of gender in Fat Studies
AuthorsWhite, F.R.
EditorsPausé, C. and Taylor, S.R.
Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to explore how and why bringing Fat Studies and Transgender studies together could produce new ways of thinking about gender in Fat Studies. On the face of it Fat Studies and Trans Studies appear to have much in common; they are both interdisciplinary fields, both oriented towards anti-oppressive goals and they both have a common interest in elaborating theoretical accounts of non-normative embodiments. However, despite this shared ground the two fields have, as yet, rarely intersected and as I will argue, this has resulted in accounts of gender in Fat Studies which both exclude the experiences of fat transgender people and limit understandings of the relationship between fat and gender. Finally, this chapter offers a critique of existing work in Fat Studies, not to castigate it, but to suggest that its cis-centrism precludes a full realization of fat’s central role in the production and destabilization of binary gender.

Keywordsfat studies
trans studies
gender
transgender
embodiment
Book titleThe Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies
Page range78-87
Year2021
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published19 Apr 2021
Place of publicationLondon
SeriesRoutledge International Handbooks
ISBN9780367502928
9781003049401
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003049401
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