Sabrina Strings

In her new book, “It’s Always Been Ours: Rewriting the Story of Black Women’s Bodies,” California-based registered dietitian Jessica Wilson writes about how Black women … — herself included — feel the pressure to make their bodies, their appearance, their actions conform to what whiteness demands in order to protect themselves …. I highly recommend [her book] and want to offer four more books to expand your lens:

  • Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia” by Sabrina Strings. [UCI Chancellor’s Fellow and sociology associate professor] Strings reaches back to the Renaissance to trace themes in art, newspaper and magazine articles, scientific literature and medical journals, making the case that fatphobic attitudes about Black women were entrenched in the culture long before the medical establishment began to rail about “obesity.”

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