Wednesday, February 24, 2010

That Lean and Hungry Look

A major contridiction that the author faces in this writing is that she notes herself as being "plump." Throughout the reading, she puts down thin people, but in a way does the same for fat people. She makes fat people seem careless and lazy, which is putting down herself. An important passage from the reading that I found is, "The main problem with thin people is they oppress. Their good intentions, bony torsos, tight ships, neat corners, cerebral machinations and pat solutions loom like dark clouds over the loose, comfortable, spread-out, soft world of the fat." (283). The significance of this quote is that it basically sums up the reading. It shows that the author is vastly stereotyping thin and fat people as a satire. Though many of the things she says about thin and fat people may not be true, I think she is trying to get people to see how people may view others in the world. I think she recognizes the true problem of obesity and is showing her concerns through satire.


Jocelyn B said...

I totally agree that she put down thin peopple. She is just upset that the world and American hate on fat people because it's nasty. It is all based on her opinion not FACTS.

Jill said...

while reading this i did not think how she was also putting herself down becasue she herself is blump. im glad now i noticed that.