You’re fat in America if we say you are – CNBC

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Schumer was both celebrated and castigated for her response to Glamour. Supporters cheered her for expressing how the label made her feel, sharing her vulnerability and asking others what they thought. Critics slammed her for making fat jokes about her own body, making money off that self-deprecation and then trying to distance herself from a plus-size label. When Schumer said she was a size 6/8, people heard her rejecting the label not on principle, but because she didn’t like where Glamour drew the line.

Did Schumer’s remarks do right by women? Or did she expose her own self-loathing? Perhaps the answers lie in the conversation she sparked about the types of bodies we see, the types of bodies we don’t, and the difficult reality of what it means to live in a larger body, where you have to spend $12.99 on a special plus-size edition to see yourself.

“I think Amy Schumer has a really valid point, which is that if Amy Schumer ends up representing plus-size women, then plus-size women become invisible,” said UCLA sociology professor Abigail Saguy and author of the book, What’s Wrong with Fat?

In America, we live and breathe and die by invented divides. I am better than you because of my race, my gender, my sexual orientation, my weight. Culture nurtures these divides, institutions reinforce them. There’s been a shift to move weight’s dividing line to include larger women.

On the one hand, it’s easy to applaud a change that makes more diverse bodies visible. But when Glamour publishes a “Chic At Any Size” issue and Sports Illustrated puts plus-size model Ashley Graham on the cover of its Swimsuit edition, it also reveals the body-occupied, beauty-obsessed, dignity-destroying cultural machine has figured out it can widen the pool of bodies for objectification.

You’re fat in America if we say you are – CNBC