By Anna Kirkland

Author Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show

America is a weight-obsessed state. during the last decade, there is been an explosion of shock within the U.S. approximately humans getting fatter. Plaintiffs at the moment are submitting complaints arguing that discrimination opposed to fats humans can be unlawful. Fat Rights asks the 1st provocative questions that must be raised approximately including weight to lists of at present safe characteristics like race, gender, and incapacity. Is physique fats a trademark of a personality flaw or of incompetence at the task? Does it pose hazards or charges to employers they need to be allowed to dodge? Or is it easily a stigmatized distinction that doesn't undergo at the skill to accomplish so much jobs? may we think fatness as a part of place of work variety? contemplating fats discrimination activates us to reconsider those simple questions that attorneys, judges, and usual electorate ask earlier than a brand new trait starts off to seem appropriate for antidiscrimination coverage.

Fat Rights attracts on little-known felony circumstances introduced through fats voters in addition to major court cases over other kinds of physically distinction (such as transgenderism), asking why the bounds of our antidiscrimination legislation relaxation the place they do. Fatness, argues Kirkland, is either just like and provocatively various from different secure qualities, elevating long–standing dilemmas in antidiscrimination legislations into stark aid. notwithstanding ideas for protecting distinction could be scarce, Kirkland evaluates the to be had innovations and proposes new methods of navigating this new criminal question.

Fat Rights enters the fray of the weight problems debate from a brand new point of view: our inherited civil rights culture. The scope is wide, masking even more than simply weight discrimination and drawing the reader into the bigger context of antidiscrimination protections and the way they are often justified for a brand new staff.

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