Monday, November 27, 2006

"Fat studies"?

From La-La Land, Californiastan...where else? Via Human Events:
Here's a ridiculous "academic" item for the holidays:

Fat studies.

"Graduate student" Stefanie Snider from the University of Southern California is doing her dissertation "on the intersection of queer and fat identities in the United States in the 20th century."

She's not alone in the academic pursuit of fat. Across the nation issues related to "weightism" are being introduced into collegiate sociology, history, English and law classes.

Snider compares studying the overindulgent to the examination of "skin color or heritage or sexual orientation or ability, it ends up being similar in a lot of ways."

(The article did not give an explanation of why she limited herself to the study of fat, gay people.)
I mean, how many different ways are there to examine the life of Rosie O'Donnell?