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Come for the feminist rants. A few days ago, I wrote two posts on fat acceptance and body positivity. I wrote about my personal experience with fat-shaming and diet culture, and the toll it has taken on my life.
The response was overwhelming. Thousands of shares, hundreds of comments — a few write-ups about the post in major magazines.
While there were quite a few assholes who showed up to make sure we all knew they hated fat people, the vast majority of responses were messages of love and understanding from other people of all sizes who have similarly struggled with the expectations of thinness that society places on us. I am known to be someone who is not only concerned with problems, but also with solutions.
A few days later, while people were still connecting with and praising my posts, I decided to ask a question on Facebook and Twitter: I am very, very far from perfect — but I try to avoid, say, Hobby Lobby for its efforts to limit reproductive options for employees, or Wells Fargo for its support of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Businesses care about profit, and denying them my money is the most effective way I have to influence them to change.
Further, shifting my money to businesses that are actively helping to support important ideals and causes encourages those businesses to keep it up, and motivates others to try to catch up in order to get some of those profits. As someone with the capital even a little bit counts when companies are fighting for your every dollar and the options I have alternative places to go for the things I needit is a positive way to use my privilege.
The response was, honestly, heartbreaking. The overwhelming response to this post was not positive and affirming, as the response to my previous posts had been.
Yes, there were quite a few fat women who agreed that they would love it if thin women examined their clothing-buying decisions and shifted some of them in fat solidarity, and there were a few thin women who thanked me for asking a question that really made them think about their privilege.
But a lot — perhaps a majority — of the comments were angry, defensive, and dismissive. These responses reaffirmed a lived truth that has hurt my heart for most of my life: The vast majority of Western society — regardless of faith, race, or political affiliation — does not believe that the dignity of fat people is worth even the slightest bit of effort in defending.
The physical space I consume is the reclamation of my right to be here. It is what fat people are forced to do every time they want to buy clothes.
This action is not just a way to show solidarity, it is also a great way to use your privilege to affect change. Why do so many clothing retailers and brands not carry plus sizes? For a couple very good reasons:British businesswoman and columnist Katie Hopkins has a controversial view on the obesity epidemic: that the solution is simply to eat less and exercise more — and that fat people have no one to.
Why people become overweight. Updated: April 11, They should prompt us to eat when our body fat falls below a certain level or when we need more body fat (during pregnancy, for example), and they should tell us when we feel satiated and should stop eating.
researchers found that people who slept less than eight hours a night had. What We Really Mean When We Call People Fat. Why are Americans so obsessed with weight and—worse—so mean to those who don't meet the healthy-weight requirements? This three-letter word is a loaded term. "We tend to think of someone who is thin and beautiful as having a more successful and happier life (regardless of whether this is true.
Asking people to consider the size inclusivity of the stores they shop at is not too much to ask. A few days ago, I wrote two posts on fat acceptance and body positivity. I wrote about my personal. Are We as Fat as We Think? The U.S.
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With these ideas, it is hard for women to be able to have a career as well as a family because they.