Through Thick and Thin: Investigating Body Image and Body Management among Queer Women in Southern Ontario

Funding Agency: Women Health's Xchange 2014-2015
Principal Investigator: Jen Rinaldi
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Carla Rice

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) engaged with communities about the very negative experiences of queer people within the healthcare system in relation to their bodies, particularly in relation to body image and body management practices. Queer women have been largely left out of scholarly discussion and research regarding women’s body image and body management practices, with research generally focusing on the stories of women with privilege – white, able-bodied, upper class, cisgender, and heteronormative. By focusing on women of privilege, women who experience differences in their identity are not being represented and are thus being held to standards that may differ significantly from what they desire. In collaboration with Project Re·Vision,  Through Thick and Thin aims to collect and share digital stories of queer people’s experiences with the Southern Ontario healthcare system to help care providers develop a more critical understanding and approach to body image, weight, exercise, and nutrition with queer women clients.

Through Thick and Thin project members. From left to right: Kimber Sider, Liz Brockest, Mel G., Ingrid Mündel, and Carla Rice. Photo credit: Michelle Peek


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LaMarre, & Rinaldi, J., & Rice, C. (under review). Thickening eating distress: Embodiment, eating distress, & the “event-ness” of intersectional identity. In Rinaldi, J., Friedman, M., & Rice, C. (Eds.) (Under development), Thickening Fat: Fat Studies, Intersectionality and Social Justice. New York: Routledge.

Rice, C., Pendleton Jiménez, K., Harrison, E., Robinson, M., Rinaldi, J., LaMarre, A., & Andrew, J. (forthcoming). Bodies at the intersection: Reconfiguring intersectionality through queer women’s complex embodiments. Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Rinaldi, J, Rice, C., Lind, E, & Kotow, C. (2019). Mapping the circulation of fat hatred. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society.

Lind, E., Kotow, C., Rice, C., Rinaldi, J., LaMarre, A., Friedman, M., & Tidgwell, T. (2017). Re-conceptualizing temporality in and through multi-media storytelling: Making time with Through Thick and Thin. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 1-12.

Rinaldi, J., Rice, C., LaMarre, A., McPhail, D. & Harrison, E. (2017). Fatness & Failing Citizenship. Somatechnics, 7(2), 218-233.

Rinaldi, J., Rice, C., LaMarre, A., Pendleton Jiménez, K., Harrison, E. Friedman, M., McPhail, D., Robinson, M. & Tidgwell, T. (2016). “Through Thick and Thin”: Storying queer women’s experiences of taking up and resisting idealized body images and expected body management practices. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 7(2), 63-77.