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Fat, Black and Unapologetic: Body Positive Activism Beyond White, Neoliberal Rights Discourses
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2589-0631
2021 (English)In: Pluralistic Struggles in Gender, Sexuality and Coloniality: Challenging Swedish Exceptionalism / [ed] Alm, Erika; Berg, Linda; Lundahl Hero, Mikela; Johansson, Anna; Laskar, Pia; Martinsson, Lena; Mulinari, Diana; Wasshede, Cathrin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, p. 113-146Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Body positivity messages and practices are rapidly being spread transnationally, particularly in the form of digital activism, challenging oppressive body ideals and advocating for diversity and the acceptance of all body types. At the same time, however, the movement is increasingly being criticised for its commodification, how it goes hand in hand with neoliberalism and its lack of intersectional perspectives. This text investigates the potential of the expansion, redefinition and 'repoliticising' of body positivity beyond the white, neoliberal discourse. The analysis mainly dives into the texts and images of blogs by two body positive advocates, Leah Vernon and Stephanie Yeboah, who both identify as black and fat and who both address the issues of race and racism. It is suggested that through their body politics, they display how race and gender are intersected in the shaping of both body shaming and the production of 'proud' bodies, thus contributing to the situatedness of body positivity. The stance of being unapologetic in one's body—a central element of body positivity—is regarded as being reframed through the contestation of the whiteness privilege and racism.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-15929DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-47432-4_5ISBN: 978-3-030-47432-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-15929DiVA, id: diva2:1474333
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