‘big beautiful female theory’, by Eloise Grills

Here it is (in full!): the winning piece of 2018's Prize for Experimental Non-fiction: 'big beautiful female theory' by Eloise Grills. The original piece was published in The Lifted Brow #39. Keep an eye out for 2019's Prize for Experimental Non-fiction, opening very soon!



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I don’t fit into straight sizes anymore guess I’ll try gay sizes
But there’s this invisible border between skinny enough and too fat

And it’s one that queer cliques police

Fatty rolled over and skinny got squashed by her thin privilege

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimised by body positivity

I’m laid to waste I’m not getting laid I’m wasting away but not in the conventional sense
In the sense that I’m wasting my life thinking my body’s all wrong

And if I spent less time hating it I coulda been a female astronaut I coulda been a female physicist a female doctor a female brain surgeon which is of course just a brain surgeon except

It’s not

I can’t operate — that child is my son!

I’m an it girl a twit girl a big sweaty tit girl

BBFT Big Beautiful Female1 Theory
CCCCadbury Crème Culture
DTFNDown To Feel Nothing
TTFNTitty Tfuck For Neoliberalism
OTObjectification Theory2
OPBObese Person’s Breakfast
ABGApple-Bottom Genes
FSACFat Suit As Costume
TBLANTo-Be-Looked-At-Ness.3
TJOFRThe Joy Of Face-Riding
DTFBDown To Feel BAD

I’m down for whatever

Debbie Downer forever

I could hate my body more be the girl with the most ketosis I can be a woman who does squats

And push-ups voluntarily the kind of woman who planks

Not the fun kind people did and died diving off buildings their souls cascading like gymnast ribbons

Silly string

I can be a woman who prefers skinny milk who requests a small slice, please, please, who doesn’t need who doesn’t want who could fit through whatever hole you have to crawl out of to get onto The Bachelor who only needs directions to the pilates studio


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hi hungry, i’m dad

I can be a fit model an Instagram influencer skolling Fiji Water one thousand plastic breakfast platters one thousand breakfast plateaus on an ancient sea scroll and oof it looks so good I could eat it but I won’t!!!!! I’m going downhill because I’m lazy

I choose the path of least resistance

How come if you’re wasting away you don’t go anywhere????

Moving to the country, I’m only eating peaches I crawl on my belly like a big-boned bad wolf among fat sheep

I go Jurassic fuck Paleo

I ride the dinosaurs through an inaccurate eon to the gates of skeleton island

I take up whittling I take up waist-training

I strain my soul like Jesus turned wine to water4

I turn calories to nothing at all

a non-exhaustive list of celebrities who have worn a FSAC

Shangela
Kate Walsh
Amy Adams
Demi Lovato
January Jones
Tyra Banks
Vanessa Lachey
Courteney Cox


family ties growing pains full house home improvement

In grade six a girl told me I had all the equipment just didn’t know how to use it, a line lifted from Legally Blonde and not an original thought

Though at the time I took it, all seriousness no salt

Now I am older I’m adequately weaponised
& realising too late that
Wanting everyone to love you is not the greatest utilitarian application of my… assets

My cannons look good bulging through my sweater tho

I’m not sweating I’m merely glowing I’m going I’m too far gone past it

There’s a storm coming, I can feel it
I can feel it in my chafed nipple skin
I can feel it coursing along my stretch marks a storm in a d cup a storm in a ff cup a storm in a cup they don’t sell at standard stores (not even Kmart!!!!) clouds cumming in my teacup
Atonal screeching

Anal bleaching

Abject object project prospect reject reject reject5
Fuck fuck
Tfuck
Mind over matter
over cake batter
Mix it all together and give me give me more
I don’t recognise myself in the mirror anymore

If I had been a boy I would have been named Alexander
If I had a brother then I’d no longer be the favourite

The more you access willpower the stronger it gets the more you hate yourself the less you can resist and I’m not so good at defying temptation

I am eighteen pouring myself cereal and my sister’s previous boyfriend comes in and says that what I am making is an Obese Person’s Breakfast

He calls me asexual, says
I reckon you’ll lop off your arm and make a baby that way
Like a starfish

I am twenty-five my sister is doing the 5:2 diet her boyfriend is too they eat nothing two days a week and whatever they want the other five days once when he was super-high at a party his voice from the other room projected a skinny ghost through the wall I could hear his lips slack his eyes half-closed saying I’ve lost eight kilograms I’ve lost
Eight kilograms
My sister’s ex was right except about the asexual part


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Always flaying off parts of myself like lonely wax drips

A badly planned Grand Designs project
The future is fml

When I am a teenager my friend says: every time you lose weight your boobs get bigger and every time you gain weight they get smaller
Another girl takes a mould of my breasts for a papier- mâché pastiche of all the good bits from the girls in our year level
To make the perfect girl
I overhear a girl say the tits are so droopy though


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Age twenty-eight, after a depressive episode I sleep on Dad’s couch

He asks if I’ll come with him to a lifestyle and exercise centre

It sounds somewhat cultish but I know he means well & who doesn’t in this day, age

My father runs instead of taking lunch says he thinks fat people are sick, weak

They are lazy they should get out of their food deserts walk on blistered toes

Like Moses if his beard was less heavy with self-pity and more thick with nectarines

The road to the gym is paved with positive affirmations

The road to hell is paved with wellness memes

I am nineteen on the tram and a man gets his dick out and I’m reading a book with my headphones in and I don’t notice him and no one alerts me and he is moulding it like a tower on a clay wheel and eventually I see horror in the eyes of the woman sitting across from us and I absorb my periphery
And I am hovering above myself like a camera like a bee The fluorescent lights humming on my hair on my skin on my cheeks
At least I must be kind of hot to have someone get their dick out next to me6


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This was maybe the third or fourth penis I had seen

I had seen my friend’s boyfriend’s, he pulled it out and chased me with it as a ‘joke’
And my father’s in the shower
As a child
I remember seeing it like a nose peeking out of a beard
like an upside-down chin-face
And probably one more I’ve forgotten


Oh yes and the man I sucked the dick of upstairs at a bar in North Melbourne because I didn’t know how to say I didn’t want to and he wanted to fuck me upstairs at a bar in North Melbourne so I sucked his dick instead


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Anyway I am nineteen, this guy with his dick out that stinks like garbage


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Or does he smell like garbage and his dick with more nerve endings does moreso

Maybe he finds my eyelash glinting in the fluorescent light coquettish
My cheek turned away like a sexy satellite dish
Maybe my hair like a curtain reminds him of a showgirl
About to give him the ol razzle-dazzle
Single-handed applause


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bushwhacking

The joy of:

Letting air run through your bush

Letting your partner eat your hot wet cunt from behind

Spit trickling through arse hair like a sacrament

Your hot wet mouth my hot wet cunt


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Birds and bees
Soft wet strips of eucalypt

Manicured lines of pines

All leaning in to hear

Your thick thighs slap against my fat assssssssssss

Everything is an erection if you think about it long and hard

I love that bit in Anaconda when Nicki Minaj breaks into this real weird fucking laugh and says:

Fuck the skinny bitches! Fuck the skinny bitches in the club!
I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the muthafuckin’ club
Fuck you if you skinny bitches, what?!
Haha
hahahaah ahhhhrrrr rrrrrrrrrrr
KyuhHaha, haha
I got a big fat ass (ass, ass, ass)

She lap-dances on Drake and when he tries to touch her ass she slaps his hand away

Spoon me all night then TTFN


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bloat floats hope croaks

I wanna be rich so I can buy hot clothes that are ethical or pretending to be
I wanna be rich so I can buy designer clothing that will not fit me
Rocking a huge sack of linen
You can be a farmer in those clothes
You can be a jelly wrestler in that body
The jelly and the wrestler in a gelatine–human hybrid
Be the gelatine–human hybrid you want to see in the world
I’ll call you Rubenesque but WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

I am fifteen doing laps around the block at school for sport
I’m not wearing a proper bra and my tits are swinging swinging like
Painful pendulums

Do your tits hang low do they wobble to and fro can you tie them in a knot can you tie them in a bow can you throw them over your shoulder like a regimented soldier do your
Tits

Hang

Low

Failing the pencil test
Failing the Bechdel test
Failing the getting fingered before twenty-three test
But anyway I am fifteen or so tits swinging swinging
Swings and roundabouts
Would the mirror image of my life be a happy one?
I tried to make myself vomit but I couldn’t make it stick
Because I hate food but also I love it
Cum Cum in my Tum
Three generations of skinny milk lattes and Splenda
In My Arse

Tfw you accidentally push your tampon out like a baby
Tfw you accidentally push your baby out like a tampon
Life is like every time my vibrator’s battery dies right before I cum

The best art is horny
The best life is horny
I’m living my best life
Asexually reproducing myself over and over in the corner
A starfish self-harming7
Cutting my arm off in a mock-wanking motion
Round yon virgin mother and child
I feel no pain I’ll have no peace
To be fat means having to wait until you are thin to live8


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The diet starts Monday
My best and only life
Does too9


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who’s afraid of the human body?

Laura Aguilar was a Chicana photographer, a lesbian who documented her life, her queer friends, her family, her body,
My favourite of her self-portraits are in the forest, her body bold and huge in the centre of the frame
The fat body lives outside the bounds of the discrete body10
Can’t be named, can’t be contained:
By airlines seats, by eyes, by straight sizes
She is no bullshit, sprawling on the ground, body shifting outside its strictures, outside the containers of clothes, culture but
Living in someone else’s phantasm11 of what a body should/shouldn’t be
For Roxane Gay the untamed body is unruly, beyond control, the body spends every fat day Living out the fat consequences for its misregulation
Aguilar does not dominate the land like a man, like the figure in the landscape12
Aguilar herself becomes the landscape13

She is within and overflowing and jostling and cascading
Her skin glows in the silver gelatine prints, her curves, roundness, edgelessness, echoing the Boulders around her, echoing the lives of the women who came before
Love’s boundless consequence
I love filling out my body, so it becomes
A continuation of the roll of a hill
My feet planted in the river like pebbles
My anxiety strung to the sheer drop-off of a cliff
Or the setting sun or a spider crawling next to me
When I am of the world


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movie snacks


Do you remember that reality show where a group of certifiably ugly women were nominated for plastic surgery makeovers and the one who was the hottest at the end won???
Sometimes I think the world was made up to torture women
And then I remember it actually kind of was
Women rarely eat onscreen unless they are Bridget Jones demolishing mince pies
Or Drew Barrymore eating a dead body like a bucket of chicken
Viscera spraying everywhere like period clots
You know that scene in Mean Girls where Regina George is wearing sweatpants on a day she’s not allowed to by her clique?


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The one in which she’s not wearing them because she wants to, but because they’re all that fit right now?

Cady is feeding Regina Swedish protein bars to make her gain weight so rapidly she loses her hot bod/social position

Remember when Regina storms off and another girl who is actually fat walks past, slams into her velourclad hips and quips, Watch where you’re going fatass, and the whole canteen laughs?

Like the ultimate punishment one can face is getting called a fatass by a fully objective fatass. Like the worst thing one can be in the world is the fattest person in the room.

In Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan sits in the toilet and eats a sandwich which is disgusting
When her friend ethnographically divides the cliques
in the canteen she juxtaposes the girls who eat nothing and the girls who eat their feelings
There is a scene where all the girls compete about their least favourite parts of themselves
One has man-shoulders another huge pores one has bad nail beds
A competition between parts of yourself
No one can win
The apple falls close to the tree
Rotting the whole thing
Cady who does not understand the principle of segmentation of self-obliteration
Who is not ready for her close-up14
Says that her breath stinks in the morning
I wish I could be as unaware of the duty to beauty
But instead my grandest wish hangs pendulous from my tree

The apple falls hard to its knees
The lady snake15 whispered to Eve:
An apple a day will make you skinny


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life is death with breath implants

Reading the Wikipedia page for people killed by their own inventions
Waist-trainers
Appetite suppressant lollypops16
Meal-replacement shakes
Tummy tea
Spon con masquerading as real con
Gastric bands
Liposuction
Girdles
Lead lipstick17


I’m not pointing fingers but these didn’t come from nowhere

Lana Del Rey plastic surgery, ages of Riverdale stars, do I have hypothyroidism, hypothyroidism quiz, how does one define a large amount of weight gain, how does one define how tired they are compared to other times, how does my psychologist say things will get better when every day is more or less the same or worse, how many Crème Eggs is too many Crème Eggs, will I have a fat skeleton, will archaeologists of the future say I let myself go, will the archaeologists just put all the old skeletons in their Magic Bullet to extract the DNA, is our future just a bad episode of Will It Blend?, olive-green smoothie tipped down tomorrow’s sink like bad milk, death is the ultimate act of letting oneself go

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Now I’m going to let myself go18...get another Crème Egg
If I become famous which thin celebrity in a fat suit will be hired to play me
Here is the place where you told me my arse was hot
I’m photoshopping myself thinner in my memories
Flicking through Facebook mourning all my past selves
Flicking back to a past where I was unhappier but skinnier
The former debatable but the latter a cold hard fact writ large in
Size ones and size zeros
Thin is now aspirational; it purports to be a passport of entry into modernity19
Fat-Melting Pills Dissolve Time and Space
What heavier cross to carry than being what you eat

Using antiperspirant between my legs to solve my chub rub is the thing I want to die famous for

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Life is a game of would you rather
Would you rather your face or your arse
Would you rather wrinkles or pimples
Would you rather cream or milk or butter in your coffee
would you like to be fat or stupid ugly or mean be careful my child the wind may change
Thirty-three thousand women told researchers that they would rather lose weight than achieve any other goal 20
Life is a game of fuck marry kill till death fuck-marries us all

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MUM DON'T READ THIS BIT (or any of the other bits)

There is a thigh gap in everything
That's how the lite gets in

Arrange the body arrange the phone so the body looks the right kind of fat for an audience of not-me21

Cut myself into quarters like an apple so my followers won’t choke

My mother bought me a swimsuit for my new voluptuous body22
I beat her at water aerobics though
I turn my family into literary figures into literal figures
I mean look at their figures
Susie Orbach writes that the mummy–daughter relationship is to blame for little girl’s compulsive eating:
Fat is a response to the many oppressive manifestations of a sexist culture
Every time I go up a cup size I aim it like a grenade
remember Mummy when you took me to university and threw pieces of bread at me out of the lecture theatre like I was a gull
When I was little I would lie in bed with her and stroke her finger to go to sleep
When I was little dad distracted me with the toilet so mum could go to work
I was too sensitive for my own good
I was too much emotionally
I drank my mother like my life depended on it23
Now I am too much in general
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels24
Nothing feels as bad as parental abandonment
Once I found her vibrator in the shower, iridescent like a jellyfish
Mothers and daughters, hey, tricky relationship
But then where was my father at work in the city not home till seven pm only to watch me sleep
But then again I didn’t sleep through the night till I was eight
I wouldn’t eat vegetables I would only eat sausages and boiled eggs
Sitting at the kitchen table being forced to eat my dinner
I gagged on broccoli and carrots
Forced to sit until I finished, left there for hours
I told my mum, she said it never happened

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.25

Mum said I could be anything I wanted
Mum said Eloise, you’re not a Bourke Street Tram

I can’t keep track of the diets she went on
Hereditary or contagious it all flows ones way26
Grandy’s house, mum said yes I’m going to start doing more exercise
No I am not hungry
Just a small bowl for me
Let me get that for you

She asked me to track our food together and I shut her down

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What’s the world but a non-stop sushi train
Filled with tiny little turds
Little miss muffet sat on her tuffet eating her turds and wee
Why am I still such a little cunt criticising the woman who gave me life
Not like that woman gives me LIFE
I mean like literally launched me into the world via caesar
My aunty said too posh to push
cause you should keep your friends close and your internalised misogyny closer

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I’m filling out a social role/
My figure with a piping nozzle and extra cream

Fat is a way of saying ‘no’ to powerlessness and self-denial, to a limiting sexual expression which demands that females look and act a certain way, and to an image of womanhood that defines a specific social role.27

Like Miss Havisham except I’ll scoff it all, seconds too
Mum I can’t write this until you’re dead but it’s too late
I’m in too deep
I wrote a poem about you, didn’t get enough traction
I felt bad for mining my life for sad bits
But really that’s all I ever do
I hope these sad bits end up being something more
More than crumbs spewing out of my mouth from the
CRUNCHY CANADIAN MAPLE SYRUP muesli bar
I’m currently chewing
Mum are there any legal requirements to call somethinga muesli bar
The other night I asked you if you thought you’d still be helping me make my bed when I was twenty-eight years old
You said no and looked sad for a moment before tucking the sheet in
John Lennon wrote a sensitive song about his mum, called ‘Mother’
It was poignant yet he still hit women

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Toxicity is now a question of degree, of acceptable parts per unit.
Infants don’t get to choose—they take what they can get, in their scramble to stay alive28
Mums are like vegetables
They are good for you but not in the way that you think
Mums are like Paleo diets
Pete Evans grinds them up and feeds them like bone broth to children
There is something sour in the milk but you deal with it
Take a pinch of salt with a lifetime’s hurt

Grandparents may have an indirect effect on their grandchildren’s mental health through the parents. For example, a grandmother with an eating disorder might influence the way her own daughter views her body, her relationship with food, and so forth...29

In her sixtieth year Grandy moved into a caravan out the front of her house
She bought it as a storage space, which became a sleeping place
Grandy and her dogs, rolls of tough canvas, daddy longlegs

It is likely that, at a certain point in women’s lives, they come to terms with the discrepancy between their bodies and the socially prescribed ideal and behaviors associated with meeting... that ideal... and learn to appreciate their bodies for its health and functionality... therefore the granddaughters in our sample are otherwise unaffected by their grandmothers' weight-related behaviors30

Grandy had a cupboard filled with lollies
She pushed a scale in front of the boxes to stop her from indulging31
Lately she’s the incredible shrinking woman
She quit smoking when I was little but I found out later she’d taken it up at forty to lose weight
Once she got angry at my mother
When her sister died of lung cancer after years of chain smoking
And mum said, well it’s sad but kind of expected
Grandy slammed the phone down
And I said to mum well that’s not really a nice thing to say when someone has just died
Besides aren’t cigarettes a medicine when your life is hard
I asked what was her life like
Mum said well her husband used to beat her
Like really beat her

But then my mother’s childhood wasn’t all roses either
And who am I to talk
All my life I have eaten her like bread and wine32 the mother the daughter the holy serpentine lady
Like Eve I devour the apple33
I suck up the seeds

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my pussy tastes like diet culture

Dying

My pussy tastes like we march into doctor’s offices to tell them to fuck off

My pussy tastes like we burn the calorie counters and the lift-outs and the points systems

And the weird invasive comments


Wordsworth in the woods

We write sonnets about our titties and ass and big fat tum

I sing a Thong Song of myself

Inscrutable rootable grab my ass and say toot-able

Be the trash heap you want to see in the world34

My tits are so big they’ll block out your sun and you’ll never see daylight again

My mouth is huge like a jumping castle with bonus children

Screaming!!!35

My cunt gleams like aurora borealis

From way down south


I am Venus of Willendorf divine supine

Heaving stone titties
Pussy paradise

I am an Etruscan man leaning hedonistically
Revel in the concrete of my middle-aged spread

I’m at the pizza palace I’m at the vomitorium
I’m at the combination vomitorium-pizza-palace
I’ve got a big gothic potbelly36
Rub my paunch with roses and black crows like one of your goth girls

I am Nefertiti with ample tum


I’m a Victorian, fuck me but don’t tell anyone

Like a lamb37 to the slaughter
Like a lamb to laughter
Like a lamb I’m your daughter
Ha
Ha ha ha


I sprawl on my backfat
I suck
We suck38 on the goddess’s glorious
pendulous
tit



And it tastes as good as it feels •

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1 ‘BBW’ a term coined by Caroline Shaw, creator of BBW Magazine in 1979, inspires my term, big beautiful female theory — a unified theory I coin to measure the ways in which fatness is condemned on a societal level. It is a method for denaturalising this moralistic code framed in objectivist, scientific language, and coming up with a new language of the body.

2 “Objectification theory posits that girls and women are typically acculturated to internalize an observer’s perspective as a primary view of their physical selves. This… can lead to habitual body monitoring, which, in turn, can increase women’s opportunities for shame and anxiety… accumulations of such experiences may help account for an array of mental health risks that disproportionately affect women: unipolar depression, sexual dysfunction, and eating disorders.” Barbara Frederickson and Tomi-An Roberts, ‘Objectification Theory’, Psychology of Women Quarterly.

3 “In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness.” Laura Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.

4 “The fat or adipose tissue is regarded as a voracious parasite that suffocates or even consumes the ‘healthy body’.” Jana Evans Braziel and Kathleen LeBesco, Introduction to Bodies out of Bounds.

5 The abject is the “the me that is not me.” Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection.

6 Abjection is “essentially different from uncanniness, more violent, too, abjection is elaborated through a failure to recognize its kin, nothing is familiar, not even the shadow of a memory.” Kristeva.

7 “The fat body is simultaneously ‘asexual’ and ‘hypersexual’.” Cecilia Hartley, Letting Ourselves Go: Making Room for the Fat Body in Feminist Scholarship.

8 Susie Orbach, Fat is a Feminist Issue.

9 “Fat bodies and fat women’s bodies in particular are represented as a kind of abject that which must be expelled to make all other bodily representations and functions, even life itself, possible.” L’ea Kent, Fighting Abjection: Representing Fat Women.

10 Judith Butler, Why Bodies Matter.

11 “The fat body functions as the abject: it takes us the burden of representing the horror of the body itself for culture at large.” Kent.

12 Mulvey.

13 Sybil Venegas, Connected to the land: The work of Laura Aguilar.

14 “The beauty of the woman as object and screenspace; she is no longer the bearer of guilt but a perfect product, whose body, stylised and fragmented by closeups, is the content of the film, and the direct recipient of the spectator’s look.” Laura Mulvey.

15 Cecilia Flores, “Virgineum vultum habens”: The Woman-Headed Serpent in Art and Literature from 1300 to 1700.

16 Megan Reynolds, ‘Kim Kardashian’s Beautiful, Sinister, Weight-Loss Sponcon’, Jezebel.

17 “The ‘fat’ body is the taboo, verboten site around which other commodities proliferate.” Jana Evans Braziel and Kathleen LaBesco, Introduction to Bodies out of Bounds.

18 “Women who are fat are said to have ‘let themselves go’. The very phrase connotes a loosening of restraints.” Hartley.

19 Orbach.

20 Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth.

21 “Men ‘act’ and women ‘appear.’ Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.” John Berger, Ways of Seeing.

22 “The beauty of the woman as object and screenspace; she is no longer the bearer of guilt but a perfect product, whose body, stylised and fragmented by closeups, is the content of the film, and the direct recipient of the spectator’s look.” Mulvey.

23 “Girls are weaned significantly earlier than boys, and may be undernourished from the beginning of life.” Orbach.

24 “If the body is synecdochal for the social system per se or a site in which open systems converge, then any kind of unregulated perme-ability constitutes a site of pollution and endangerment.” Butler.

25 Philip Larkin, ‘This Be the Verse’.

26 “Discourse becomes oppressive when it requires that the speaking subject, in order to speak, participate in the very terms of that oppression—that is, take for granted the speaking subject’s own impossibility or unintelligibility.” Butler.

27 “A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but female obedience.” Wolf.

28 Orbach.

29 Maggie Nelson, ‘We Can Savour Nothing Pure’, After Montaigne.

30 Analisa Arroyo, Chris Segrin, KK Anderson, ‘Intergenerational Transmission of Disordered Eating’, Body Image.

31 “The success of discipline upon bodies depends on these bodies regulating themselves.” Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.

32 “The pre-eminent religious model for women was Mary, and her relationship with food implied that mothers were invited to become food for their babies.” Gioia Filocamo, Hungry women: sin and rebel-lion through food and music in the early modern era.

33 “The most important doctrinal censorship crystallized around gluttony: this is a vice ‘invented’ by medieval monks, and women were made directly responsible for its origin, connected as it was to the famous apple.” Filocamo.

34 Carmen Maria Machado, The Trash Heap has Spoken.

35 “The mouth is a site of eating and speaking—of self-assertion.” Orbach

36 Richard Klein, Fat Beauty.

37 “The docile body,” Foucault.

38 “Part of what a body is, is its dependency on other bodies and networks of support, then we’re suggesting that it’s not altogether right to conceive of individual bodies as completely distinct from one another.” Butler.




Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer and comics artist, photographer, poet, tutor and memoir editor for Scum Magazine. Her debut comics chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press last year. She tweets and grams as @grillzoid.