December 02, 2015

University to offer full course of 'fat studies', assigned reading labels dieting as 'special enemy'

StaffRebel Columnist

It's yet another course offered to students majoring in basket weaving.

According to Campus Reform, “students at the University of Maryland will have the chance to “engage fatness” next term.”

The length of the course, however, is slim and won't eat up much time as it will only last from from January 4-22.

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The course's syllabus states that Fat Studies won't engage “fatness” as a social or medical problem. Rather, as “an aspect of human diversity, experience, and identity”.

Reading material for the course includes “My wedding was perfect – and I was fat as hell the whole time” and “The Fat Liberation Manifesto.” The latter labels diet books, diet foods, and diet doctors as “special enemies”.

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The instructor for the course is fourth-year Ph.D. student Cassy Griff. According to the school's website, “her work focuses on discourses of excess as they apply to fat and Latina/o bodies. Her work engages popular culture, political rhetoric, and the intersections of Fat and Latina/o Studies.”

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And she says she's “an avid collector of Garfield memorabilia.”

Students will receive three credits for taking the course.

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commented 2015-12-04 11:32:36 -0500
Christ all mighty, You have got to be S***ting me, a course on fat acceptance. Wow, what is next a course on accepting Islamic killings in the name of their religion, oh wait, sorry my mistake, that one is here, but not yet offered in university form, just in social media format.
commented 2015-12-03 08:54:20 -0500
Fatness is caused by climate change
commented 2015-12-03 04:15:51 -0500
Why is it whenever something needs to be de-stigmatized, it gets a new lable as being diversity?

Is this course going to count for credit in womyn’s studies?

So the prof likes Garfield. If the students want to get a good mark, I suggest they bring her lasagna.
commented 2015-12-03 02:08:25 -0500
Sure! Why not? Universities are turning out idiots at an ever-increasing rate as it is. No point slowing down the process…. all the more lunatics for the asylum.
commented 2015-12-02 18:17:11 -0500
Is this course a prerequisite to ‘Victimology 101’ ?
commented 2015-12-02 18:14:56 -0500
The NDP should send our health minister to this course. She’d knock it out of the park.
commented 2015-12-02 16:54:04 -0500
First essay assignment – “Should I eat the whole thing?”

First multiple choice question on the midterm:
Exercise is:
__ Part of a healthy lifestyle
__ The spawn of Satan
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