CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

“Tuck in Yuh Belly”: Imperatives of Female Slenderness in Jamaican Dancehall Music

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

6-8-2012

Publication Title

Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

ISSN

2160-486X

Volume

1

Issue/No.

2

First Page

140

Last Page

152

Abstract

Reggae songs such as Clancy Eccles's (2010) “Fatty, Fatty” and Buju Banton's (2000) “Di Woman Dem Phat” have traditionally celebrated the fat, black woman's body as an agent of desire. However, some more recent discourses such as Left Side and Esco's (2005) “Tuck in Yuh Belly” suggest an impending reversal of this celebration of fleshiness. The author explores representations of female fatness in masculine discourses from the Jamaican dancehall music arena, specifically those discourses that pathologize fat and suggest the preferred desirability of slenderness.

DOI

10.1080/21604851.2012.650033

Peer Reviewed

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