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Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are$
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Abigail C. Saguy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190931650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190931650.001.0001

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Coming Out of Glass Closets

Coming Out of Glass Closets

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Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are

Abigail C. Saguy

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses coming out as fat. It shows how fat lesbian feminists, who were already steeped in talk of coming out as lesbian, first extrapolated from that experience to talk of coming out as fat. It argues that coming out as fat is less about disclosing one’s size than refusing to downplay it in the hopes that others will not notice it. It means politicizing body size in order to challenge negative stereotypes and stand up against weight-based oppression. This chapter uses the case of coming out as fat to consider the broader question of the role visibility plays in coming out. It argues that coming out has never been only about revealing a hidden identity. It is about proudly reclaiming this identity. Thus community and pride—and not just disclosure—are an integral part of coming out.

Keywords:   coming out as fat, fat pride, fat acceptance movement, fat liberation movement, glass closets, community, overcoming internalized shame, fat admirers, National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), Fat Underground

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