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"? 


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

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

    1. Try this link:

  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

    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?

  4. Great!! I've read out the article and very impressively learn so many things that are totally new to me about fat lose and fatty person as well as plus size clothing. I'm pleased to you that you have provided the links of article. Thanks mate

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