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REVIEW : The Good Humor Man (2009) by Andrew Fox

April 1, 2009

Strange Horizons have my review of Andrew Fox’s novel The Good Humor Man.

I took the book on because it appeared to be a dystopian work built around the politicisation of fat.  As a fat person who has read widely on the subject, I thought it might be fun to bounce off of those kinds of ideas in a literary setting.  Unfortunately, The Good Humor Man is not really the book I expected.  The dystopian elements dissipate quite quickly and the arguments for size-acceptance seem to flow less from a position of moral outrage (exemplified by pieces such as Charlotte Cooper’s excellent “Headless Fatties”) but from the fetishisation of fat, opening up wider questions of whether acceptance based upon sexual objectification is really acceptance in the first place.

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