chapter  1
No Fat Future? The Uses of Anti-Social Queer Theory for Fat Activism
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The pink prison trend purportedly started in the United States in the 1970s when psychologist Alexander Schauss conducted experiments. With prison inmates to measure the effect of the color pink on human behavior. In these experiments he demonstrated how the use of bright pink reduced muscular strength and aggression and increased relaxation. One way of better understanding the recent trend of prisons painted in a supposedly soothing and/or humiliating shade of pink. It is to find out more about how pink became associated with femininity and sexuality. These challenge portions of the lesbian/gay movement committed to sexuality as a stable identity "freed" and "free" from State violence. A number of activists claimed that they wore the pink triangle because of their solidarity with "queens". Other effeminate gay men who tended to be most exposed to violence within and outside of the lesbian/gay community.