Two Papers on the Abusive Language of Body Image and the Diet Industry

(Cross posted from my Tumblr)

I wrote the following papers for a couple of classes. Trigger warning for: sexual abuse, eating disorders, abusive diet language, and theologies that promote body shame. I offer these as another way to think about how diet industry and how we look at body size policing. I hate to actually have to put the following disclaimer on, but: THIS DOES NOT MEAN I’M AGAINST DOING HEALTHY THINGS FOR YOUR BODY. What I’m against is the abuse that we pile on ourselves because we think, somehow, that it is the “right thing to do.”

I will say here and now that as a clergy person, I refuse to use abusive language to talk about health.

This Is My Body: A three-day seminar course for clergy on body size, body image, and health: This is a project I wrote for my ethics class. I’m thinking I may actually want to produce this at some point in the future, but probably not until after I graduate.

Impure Bodies: Sexual Trauma, Eating Disorders, and the Theology of Body Negation: I wrote this for a class called “Trauma, Theology, and Practice” and it focuses on the connections between sexual abuse, trauma, and the Christian theology of body negation.

The only thing I wish I could have done more on is talking about the social justice aspect of food and health, but given the scope of the papers, I couldn’t.

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