“I Want a Fat Girl Tonight”: Rhetorics of Fatness in Caribbean Popular Culture
31st Annual Conference of the National Women's Studies Association
Denver, Colorado, USA
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
2010-11-11 to 2010-11-14
The African Diaspora has historically displayed a resistance to the idealization of slenderness evident in the West, and the Diaspora, including the Caribbean, has been less prone to indulge in North America and Europe's recent expressions of "fat anxiety:' This resistance features a clear opposition to the notion that slenderness and desirability are equivalent, and songs from the Caribbean such as the Heptones' "Fatty, Fatty" and Machel Montano's "Big Fat Fish" have continued this tradition of celebrating the fat woman's body as an agent of desire.
Shaw-Nevins, Andrea Elizabeth, "“I Want a Fat Girl Tonight”: Rhetorics of Fatness in Caribbean Popular Culture" (2010). CAHSS Faculty Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia. 2706.