Appendix: Anti-Fatness with Aubrey Gordon
We're so excited to be joined by Aubrey Gordon (she/her) for an episode about anti-fatness in the Harry Potter series. We begin with a quick review of disability studies, monstrosity, and sentimentality before jumping into a conversation about anti-fatness, body positivity and fat liberation. Aubrey is the co-host of (beloved podcast) Maintenance Phase and the author of What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat and "You Just Need to Lose Weight" and 19 Other Myths About Fat People. With her help, we talk about the relationship between eugenics, white supremacy, mass media (specifically young adult fiction) and anti-fatness as it shows up in our relationships, the books we read, our political landscape and beyond.
If you've been waiting for us to do a deep-dive on Dudley, then this episode is for you! What can we make of his forced dieting throughout the series? What ideology underpins the characterization of Petunia as it relates to her son's weight? Why do we read Molly Weasley's parenting differently? We also discuss Hagrid, Madame Maxime and Horace Slughorn as they align with familiar stereotypes of fat people.
We love Aubrey and we figure you're already a super-fan! Still, it's worth noting that if you want more Aubrey you can learn more about her at her website, check her out on Twitter or Instagram, read her books, and listen to her incredible podcast with Michael Hobbes, Maintenance Phase.
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