Towards an Embodied Political Ecology of Fat Masculinities

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The purpose of this brief critical review is to show voluptuous interconnections between fat studies and embodied urban political ecology. By shifting the inquiry to men's bodies; I make a case towards a shared space of theoretical resonance concerning differential and embodied justice. The review advances three key observations. First; by and large; fat studies and the subfield of urban political ecology heavily focused on women's experiences and by implication position men and the performance of masculinity as de-gendered. Second; the mutual entanglement of fat and urban processes has been sparse; and those studies that do tend to shift its explanatory weight on the latter (i.e. 'fattening' of the urban). Third; there are already existing intellectual resources in and beyond geography that assert complex performances of masculinities; but are seldom activated in enriching inquiries that used urban political ecology. Taking all these into consideration; I strive towards a more inclusive and embodied fat-urban geographies outside public health's thin frame.