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August 11, 2017

Oregon State to Offer Social Justice Warriors New Courses in "Fat Studies"

It's about time.

You're very silly people. You know that, don't you?

Oregon State University will offer a spring course on "fat studies" in order to teach students how "weight-based oppression" is a "social justice issue."

My Big Fat Justice.

According to a syllabus for the course obtained by Campus Reform, students will examine "body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability."

The course will be taught by Professor Patti Lou-Watkins, who has written extensively on "body image disorders, particularly as they relate to weight bias and physical activity" in academic journals and books...

Indeed, students enrolled in her spring Fat Studies course will be presented with opportunities to explore "forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions."

This isn't OSU's only offering in the field of Fat Studies, either:

[A]nother class [being offered is] called "Women, Weight, and Body Image" similarly examining "weightism as a system of oppression that interacts with other systems of oppression" such as "sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and ageism."

In a paper, Mz. Watkins noted:

"The field of fat studies has undergone tremendous growth in recent years."

I was going to say, but I didn't want to be insulting.

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