Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 52

Werner Cahnman, in his work, Stigma of Obesity (287), who, quoting Platonic psychology, stated that the rational function of the mind is represented by the governing classes, the spirited by the military, and the appetitive by the economic. His interpretation — that mind and heart, or intelligence and courage, combine to rule over the big, dumb stomach — lends credence to the metaphor of the fat body as a lesser being in need of being controlled for its own good. This interpretation highlights the perceived need for controlling the fat body and is the basis for the removal of agency, placing the fat body in a position of subordination and in “need” of help. The end result is a systematic and morally inappropriate control of a group of people based on the arbitrary “correctness” of their bodies. Unfortunately for the person in the fat body, an inescapable part of its destiny is its entanglement within a web of events and relations that take place within the world in which that body resides (May 526). When discussing the fat body, its social construction gives it a specific destiny that at best dictates what that person in a fat body will be able to accomplish, and at worst, the missed opportunities as a result of a lack of exposure to these opportunities. One such phenomenon to which the person in the fat body is exposed is the vitriol related to society’s “War on Fat.” The “War on Fat” — a phrase that has been uttered numerous times in conversations and news reports and written about in papers, magazines, and blogs, has shaped a discourse that has influenced the social standing of the person in the fat body for decades. The created discourse of the fat body includes a powerful connection between the fat body and physical and mental weakness. This discourse creates judgments and assumptions regarding the person in the fat body that are further reinforced through the media’s emphasis on the visual spectacle of the fat body.  The Thin Ideology that arises from the spectacle exacerbates the negativity associated with the fat body and makes it susceptible to oppression and a loss of agency. The focus of this paper is on this loss of agency of the fat body and it will be achieved through an allegorical treatment of the seventh season of the television show Supernatural. Supernatural is the story of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who traverse the country hunting and killing ghosts, demons, and other assorted monsters, while preventing the apocalypse from occurring in some new way every season. The seventh season of Supernatural focuses on the Leviathan, primordial monsters that remove agency from the humans under the guise of self-improvement. They accomplish this through the use of food additives, specifically high fructose corn syrup as a means to take control of the human population so that they may be used as a food source. The removal of agency followed by 52