Recuperation of Value

“This notion of surplus value is crucial to this project because it provides the framework for reading the fat black woman’s body. In response to her diasporic legacy of loss and deprivation, the large black fat woman’s fat is an establishment of her privately owned surplus value. In a very literal sense, fat provides a bulwark against the ultimate physiological deprivation: the shortage of food. Furthermore, fatness is also a metaphor for access to resources as well as a rebuttal of Western hegemonic efforts to decorporealize the black body through that body’s marginalization and the rendering of that body as invisible. By boasting a physiology that rejects some dominant presumptions of blackness–invisibility and the inability to manage and accumulate resources–the large black woman’s body becomes a compelling form of anti-colonial currency. Furthermore, the black woman’s body is a particularly appropriate site for resistance since it must challenge two forms of marginalization based upon both race and gender.”

Andrea Elizabeth Shaw, THE EMBODIMENT OF DISOBEDIENCE: FAT BLACK WOMEN’S UNRULY POLITICAL BODIES, p. 79

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