Monday, November 19, 2012

New Article, "Does This Make Me Look Fat?" Published in Social Problems


Hey folks,
Time for some flagrant self-promotion. I'm excited to announce the publication of my paper, "Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Aesthetic Labor and Fat Talk as Emotional Labor in a Women's Plus Size Clothing Store" in the current edition of Social Problems.

Read it and you'll learn all about my experience working in a Plus-Size clothing store. There are plenty of crazy stories (An employee weight-loss contest?! Skinny managers "Fat Talk" to Plus Sized sales associates?!?), plus academic analyses explaining why the stories matter.

Follow this link to an electronic version of the article:


Show and tell: I'd love to know your own war stories from shopping for clothes.  Rude salespeople? Warped "skinny mirrors"? 

4 comments:

  1. Skinny managers "Fat Talk" to Plus Sized sales associates?!?), plus academic analyses explaining why the stories matter.

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  2. I would love to read this, but I can't pay money to. Sorry Kjerstin, I'm sure it's amazing. <3

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    1. Try this link: http://www.kjerstingruys.com/website/Publications_files/Does_This_Make_Me_Look_Fat_.pdf

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  3. Kjerstin: First of all THANK YOU. Your paper, research and voice are just what we/I need in these super saturated media/image driven times. I will be reading every post and buying every book you put out.

    You have probably already discovered it but I spend a lot of time at mybodygallery.com

    BECAUSE: I am a 40 year old woman who has recently lost 159 pounds thru bariatric surgury.I am 5'8 and I weigh 145. I've gone from a xxxl or size 26 to a small or size 4-6. And I can't figure out how I look! Am I thin enough? Am I normal now? Should I lose 5 more pounds?

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