January 1, 2020
Laurie Cooper Stoll (left) and Darci Thoune
Most Americans will be obese soon enough, so they could just call this “American Studies.”
Two professors at a midwestern university are working to develop and legitimize the field of “fat studies,” a discipline that examines the cultural and sociological phenomenon of overweight and obese human beings.
Laurie Cooper Stoll, a professor of sociology, and Darci Thoune, an associate professor of English, are both leading scholarly research in this field from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Their website, “Two Fat Professors,” declares that the academics are “fighting fatphobia with education, community-building and a lot of sass.”
The College Fix reached out to both professors numerous times seeking comment; the pair did not respond to requests through their website, through email, or through messages left on their university phones. Their website and publications, however, offer an illuminating look at their burgeoning research.
They didn’t respond because the fat bastards probably ate the requests too.
What’s important to ask here is how can these “fat studies” make money for the people that may be interested in studying them?
Broadly speaking, the two scholars are working off a thesis that postulates the voices of obese individuals are absent or sidelined in contemporary research on obesity and health. To remedy this, the professors have argued for the incorporation of “standpoint theory” into fat studies. “Standpoint theory,” according to the two, stresses “the importance of situated-knowledge and the epistemic advantage of marginalized groups.”
Stoll and Thoune argue that this discipline will “[elevate] the voices and research of fat scholars and activists.” They further affirm that standpoint theory can be used as a vessel by which “fat” scholars can “challenge…positivistic notions of science that suggest researchers can and should be ‘value-free.’”
If you can’t hear the voices of the obese, it’s because they’re too busy eating everything and crying.
Besides, whatever these fat creatures may want to say is irrelevant to the effects of obesity on the body and to obesity-related diseases.
The two professors have written extensively on their website’s blog. Last month Stoll published an essay in which she described the experience of “flying while fat.” The professor slammed “tiny regional jets” that are “in no way accommodating for fat flyers.” She relayed her experience having to request a seatbelt extender on one flight, an incident she described as “some kind of fat milestone” due to what she described as “a public acknowledgement that I didn’t fit.”
In October, meanwhile, Thoune, heralding the possible rise of a fat-based “revolution,” urged readers to rally in part against “flyers for weight loss” and “getting ‘healthy’ messaging” on campus.
These “professors” are basically encouraging people to give up and stop trying to get healthy, accept their obesity and patiently wait for a heart attack while eating some snack.
This past semester was “the first year I’ve returned to school without thinking about whether I gained or lost weight over the summer and how that might affect what my colleagues think about me,” Thoune wrote.
In a forceful essay from September, Stoll argued against “diet culture” and suggested readers could “push back” by “trusting ourselves enough to become our own teachers.”
What are overweight individuals even doing in positions of authority? Overweight professors are a joke.
If they don’t want to be fat and they’re fat, then they have no control and no authority over their own bodies and they shouldn’t be given any authority over anyone else.
If they want to be fat, then they are purposefully, consciously making decisions that are destructive, harmful, and dangerous, and they shouldn’t be given any authority over anyone either.
The only reason one would put one of these apocalyptic beings into positions of authority would be to allow them to eat and destroy everything.