Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 53

the othering and oppression of humans by the Leviathan serve as a powerful allegory for the removal of agency and instituted othering and oppression experienced by the person in the fat body today. The seventh season of Supernatural presents the normally subtle nature of the subordination to the viewer in a way that makes it nearly impossible to miss. While the show presents the subordination through the lens of demons and demon hunters, the parallel between the show and reality are not so far apart that it becomes unrecognizable. The show succeeds where other media interventions fail as the subordination is highlighted in a way that is neither pedantic nor accusatory; rather, it is shown in a way that promulgates both critical thought and reflection. The works of Michel Foucault were used as a theoretical base to frame this discourse analysis. In regards to the body and its power, Foucault stated that the body is a blank page available for inscription, awaiting an imprint. Society has great power to influence the mosaic placed upon the blank page of the fat body, which explains the type of removal of agency, othering, and oppression placed on that body. Bodies acquire their stability from their habits (Crossley 110) and as such, the habitual body provides a foundation upon which the maintenance of agency is based. In the case of the fat body, this statement is problematic because of the habits assumed by society for the person in a fat body. The poor eating habits (gluttony), the lack of exercise (sloth), and the rejection of the societal ideal through doing only what they want instead of what is required (greed) do indeed form a bedrock onto which the negativity ascribed to the fat body is situated. This theoretical base allows for the linkage of the actions of the Leviathan to the discourse regarding agency, othering, and oppression of the fat body. From this point, the interactions were further defined and categorized in order to find underlying themes that supported the problem statement of the paper. When examining the behavior of the Leviathan as well as their interaction with humans and other demons, special attention was given to interpersonal dynamics; physical appearance; initial appearance in the season; environmental and physical placement; and comparison of behavior among Leviathan, demons, and humans. Free to be You and Me . . . Agency of the Fat Body With most media portrayals of the fat body highlight its relationship with food as its biggest failure, it is reasonable to assume that controlling the meaning of food would serve as the basis for the removal of agency of the fat body. Therefore, the removal of agency is accomplished through the manipulation 53