Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Carolyn Ratteray

Reader 2

Kevin Williamson

Reader 3

Giovanni Ortega

Rights Information

© 2017 Kathryn C Read-Fisher


American theatre and media contribute to the violent systems of thinking around size and weight and its correlation to health. The argument that correlates higher body mass to lower overall health has been continuously disproved, and yet is still used as a tool to shame and justify sizeism. Educating the general public about health and size can assist in creating new models of representation and bodies can start to reclaim the space they deserve to take up, moving beyond the societal shame they currently face. In this thesis, sizeism is explored and unpacked through careful analysis of contemporary plays, television shows, and movies.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.