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"?