Snip from a recent NYT story by Abby Ellin:
Even as science, medicine and government have defined obesity as a threat to the nation’s health and treasury, fat studies is emerging as a new interdisciplinary area of study on campuses across the country and is gaining interest in Australia and Britain. Nestled within the humanities and social sciences fields, fat studies explores the social and political consequences of being fat.
For most scholars of fat, though, it is not an objective pursuit. Proponents of fat studies see it as the sister subject — and it is most often women promoting the study, many of whom are lesbian activists — to women’s studies, queer studies, disability studies and ethnic studies. In many of its permutations, then, it is the study of a people its supporters believe are victims of prejudice, stereotypes and oppression by mainstream society.
“It’s about a dominant culture’s ideals of what a real person should be,” said Stefanie Snider, 29, a graduate student at the University of Southern California, whose dissertation will be on the intersection of queer and fat identities in the United States in the 20th century. “And whether that has to do with skin color or heritage or sexual orientation or ability, it ends up being similar in a lot of ways.”
A spicy sausage known as the Welsh Dragon will have to be renamed after trading standards’ officers warned manufacturers that they could face prosecution because it does not contain dragon.
The sausages will now have to be labelled Welsh Dragon Pork Sausages to avoid any confusion among customers.
Jon Carthew, 45, who makes the sausages, said yesterday that he had not received any complaints about the absence of real dragon meat. He said: “I don’t think any of our customers believe that we use dragon meat in our sausages. We use the word because the dragon is synonymous with Wales.”
His company, the Black Mountains Smokery at Crickhowell, in Powys, turns out 200,000 sausages a year, including the Welsh Dragon, which is made with chilli, leek and pork. A Powys County Council spokesman said: “The product was not sufficiently precise to inform a purchaser of the true nature of the food.”
(Incredulous emphasis mine.)
A and our friends Ploy, Dan, and Beau headed to Bangkok’s Great American Rib Company last night to celebrate Turkey Day with ample and tasty portions of turkey, gravy, stuffing, potato salad, coleslaw, pumpkin pie, and even jalapeno cornbread. All that I found lacking was a Lay-Z-Boy on which to recline post-meal and dream about turkey sandwiches to come and going back for seconds of my Aunt Cee Cee’s world famous pecan pie.
The food was savory and the company was great, but the highlight of the evening came when Dan and Ploy hopped on a motosai taxi and headed off precariously into the warm night. Notice the look on the taxi driver’s face: what the hell is happening here and why is that big farang taking our picture?
Really, he is not up to anything.
Just doing a little shopping, taking a well-earned rest. What is everybody so worked up about?
From China to Hong Kong to Bali, Thailand’s deposed prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in September in a coup, has been circling his country, mostly shopping for blazers, handbags, things like that; playing a little golf.
And whoops! Wherever he goes, reporters seem to catch up with him.
Almost every day, it seems, he is in the newspapers back home, the coup victim who just won’t go away.
At one point last week he ran playfully from reporters in a Hong Kong department store before turning to tell them, “I have no plan yet.”
He seems to be having a much better time than the generals who ousted him, struggling to master the bucking bronco of a country he left behind.
I happened to be up early a few days ago — we’re talking pre-dawn, a time of day during which I am most certainly not at my best. But I managed to snap some pics of the sunrise from my roof deck. (The one at my house, it should be noted, is a reasonable four floor floors up, not a vertiginous sixty four.)
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