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$2,500+ College Course Seeks to Analyze Intersection of ‘Queer Politics’ & ‘Fat Activism’

By

Nick Baker

June 13, 2024

A course offered by Southern Oregon University aims to introduce students to “the burgeoning area of Fat Studies,” according to a listing in the public institution’s catalog.

We will interrogate the war on obesity, moral panics around body size, the construct of fitness, health at every size models, and fat-positivity in order to deconstruct the meanings of fatness,” reads the course description. “We will analyze the ways that gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability intersect in relation to fatness.  This course will also examine the interrelationships between feminist and queer politics and fat activism,” it continues.

On the course’s website, a disclaimer notes that the word “fat” is used in lieu of “overweight” or “obese” because “these are medical terms and can be pathologizing.”

The website even claims that “the intersection of fatness and disability puts black people at a greater risk for police violence.”

The New Guard entered the course information into the university’s tuition calculator to find out what students are paying to enroll in this ridiculous excuse for a college class: a total of $2,156. As students increasingly rely on loans to finance their education, the financial burden of such courses is compounded by the interest on these loans, significantly inflating the overall cost.

A search of the university’s catalog for any courses that feature conservative economic policy or values turned up no results.

As colleges and universities tailor their curriculums and course offerings to meet the “social justice” demands of the Left, an important question presents itself: are students really getting a worthwhile return on their investments? Probably not.

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