This edited collection explores the malleability and influence of body image, focusing particularly on how media representation and popular culture’s focus on the body exacerbates the crucial social influence these representations can have on audiences’ perceptions of themselves and others. Contributors investigate the cultural context and lived experiences of individuals’ relationships with their bodies, going beyond examination of the thin, ideal body type to explore the emerging representations and portrayals of a diverse set of body types across the media spectrum, paving the way for future research on this topic. Scholars of media studies, popular culture, and health communication will find this book particularly useful.
Sarah S. LeBlanc is assistant professor of interpersonal communication at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
K. Megan Hopper is associate professor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University.
Table of Contents
Sarah S. LeBlanc
Chapter 1: The Body, the Media, and Popular Culture
K. Megan Hopper, Sarah S. LeBlanc, and Sylvia Rust
Part I: Lizzo
Chapter 2: Auntie Sam Rocks the Vote! The Embodied Politics of Lizzo in the 2020 U.S. Election
Chapter 3: Feelin’ Good as Hell?: The Influence of Cardi B. and Lizzo’s Music Videos on College-Aged Women’s Perceptions of Beauty, Sexism, and Sexualization
Amy Crumbaugh, Tamanna Tasmin, & K. Megan HopperTelevision
Part II: Social Media
Chapter 4: “This is the Kind of Influencer We Want to See!”: A Study of Body Representation among Instagram Influencers
Chapter 5: Accidental Culture Jamming: Celeste Barber and the Juxtaposition Between the Real and Ideal Body
Erin Cook and Trischa Goodnow
Chapter 6: Keeping Up with the Yummy Mummies?: Examining Kim Kardashian’s Mediated Yummy Mummy Images on the reality television program Keeping Up with The Kardashians versus Instagram posts.
Suri M. Pourmodheji
Chapter 7: (Re)Presentations: Personal narratives and the posthuman body in the #MeToo movement
Amanda Hill, Ph.D.
Chapter 8: “He's dragged me here so I can understand”: Race, gender, and the performance of painted bodies in MTV’s Drag My Dad
Wanjiru Mbure and Wendy Chapman Peek
Part III: Television
Chapter 9: “There’s a lot of Inches to Love”: Expectancy Violations, Fat Identity, Weight Stigma, and Relational Turmoil in TLC’s Hot and Heavy
Mary Beth Asbury1 and Jessica M. W. Kratzer2
Chapter 10: “Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody”: Interrogating Black Bodies in Cable Television
Siobhan Smith-Jones and Johnny Jones
Chapter 11: The One with All the Fat Shaming: An Examination of Anti-Fat Bias on Friends
Chapter 12: Where Power Resides: An Analysis of Female Bodies in Game of Thrones
Juliana Russell and Sarah S. LeBlanc
Part IV: Advertising
Chapter 13: "Anti-racist x-rays?: Colour-blind racism and the 'universal' body
Chapter 14: #Realbodies: Exploring the impact of women empowerment advertisements
Ashton Gerding Speno and Jennifer Lewallen Woolf
Chapter 15: Eat French Fries and Be Healthy: The Fit Body as a Means of Promoting Fast Food
Chapter 16: Ideal-Body Media and Gay Men’s Self-Discrepancy
Irena Acic, Lindsay Roberts, and Laramie D. Taylor
"LeBlanc and Hopper have assembled an exciting and timely collection about popular discourses about, and media representations of, bodies, identities, and weight. Featuring chapters that engage contemporary size-related social issues, ad campaigns, influencers, and/or celebrities, contributors offer critical arguments and observations about embodiment and empowerment, shame and stigma, health and happiness, desire and desirability."
“Employing themes from decades of research on body image disturbance, as well as themes from the body positivity literature and movement, the "One Size Does Not Fit All" volume provides a captivating examination of representations of the body in influential popular culture texts. The chapters traverse paradigms, methodologies, and theories, and together, provide compelling case studies of bodies in diverse texts -- from the emodiment of Lizzo to ever-present Instagram influencers to the anti-fat biases in Friends. This volume is an outstanding resource for media and body image scholars.”
"One Size Does Not Fit All fits solidly in the growing trend of communication scholarship that prioritizes inclusive, multi-methodological approaches to popular culture. From Lizzo and social media to television and advertising, this edited volume covers a range of production, representation, and interpretation of bodies and would be a worthy assigned text for courses in pop culture, gender, and the like."