It's time to abolish the fat villain trope
- March 1, 2022
- Sabrina Strings, sociology, Inverse, March 1, 2022
Anti-fat bias is a relatively recent invention. Until the 17th century, Western beauty
standards favored fat bodies and full figures as signifiers of wealth. Sabrina Strings,
an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and author
of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia … In her book, Strings
turns to primary sources like artwork, medical journals, and newspaper articles to
pinpoint the shift away from fatness. She traces it to the transatlantic slave trade.
For the full story, please visit https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/abolish-the-fat-villain-trope.