Constituting the ideal body: A poststructural analysis of “obesity” discourses among gay men

@inproceedings{Joy2018ConstitutingTI,
  title={Constituting the ideal body: A poststructural analysis of “obesity” discourses among gay men},
  author={Phillip Joy and Matthew Numer},
  year={2018}
}
Ideal bodies are constituted through various social and cultural discourses. One such discourse that constitutes bodies is the “obesity” discourse. The term obesity is a contested and medicalizing term that constitutes a view of fat people as unhealthy, immoral, and undesirable. Obesity discourses, therefore, also constitute notions of the bodies and body types that are thought to be healthy, acceptable, and attractive. The effects of obesity discourses can be prominently observed in gay men’s… CONTINUE READING

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