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The Metamorphoses of FatA History of Obesity$
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Georges Vigarello

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159760

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159760.001.0001

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The Thin Revolution

The Thin Revolution

(p.166) 18. The Thin Revolution
The Metamorphoses of Fat

Georges Vigarello

, C. Jon Delogu
Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of a new attitude in the 1920s. The transformation of the status of women brought with it a new thinness—an avoidance of references to breasts and other curves—and a new technically inspired imaginary that insists on fluidity, reactivity, agility, and lankiness. There was also a heightened expectation of control and affirmation of the self. A plain affirmation repeated more than once in Jean Prévost’s Essay on the Human Body (1925) sums up this new attitude: “Our bodies are mostly muscle.” The “athletic” look, with its coordinated lines, is for the first time the norm. It is certainly the case that the body of the 1920s is evoked differently than before. Its dynamic quality takes on an all-new importance. Another change that occurred is the stronger doubts as to whether certain types of obesity can be successfully treated. A number of cases seemed to lead toward the “martyr.” The introduction of this new “gravity” also prepared questions that persist today.

Keywords:   fat, fat people, thinness, women, slender female, obesity, Jean Prévost

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