WGST Director and Associate Professor in Sociology presented at the August Luncheon hosted by Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County on how women of size are marginalized in our culture.
In her presentation titled “The ‘Obesity Epidemic’ as a Form of Structural and Symbolic Violence: The Perpetuation of Hyper(in)visibility,” Dr. Gailey stated that larger women receive fewer job offers, are less likely to be married and receive fewer promotions. In our culture, she said, we’re taught to associate thinness with being healthy, but that is not always the case. All bodies, she explained, exist on a spectrum of visibility, and those at either end are ignored, marginalized or made into a spectacle. Furthermore, Dr. Gailey explained previous research that addressed how women of size experience structural and symbolic violence through cultural norms that are negative, and how even infrastructure doesn’t support people of size.
Dr. Gailey’s research has led her to a concept of “hyper(in)visibility,” which highlights how women of sie are marginalized and ignored. Her book, The Hyper(in)visible Fat Woman: Weight and Gender Discourse in Contemporary Society (2014), details those theories and some of her own research as well. She invited the Women’s Policy Forum members to become involved in TCU’s WGST Department.
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