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Thin people are upheld as beautiful and sexy. Fat people are told, over and over, that we should aspire to be thin. Fat people are actively discriminated against daily in real life, in ways that do not happen to thin people. That doesn’t make it ok to make fun of thin people, but it does mean that it’s an entirely different kettle of fish to do so. Making fun of thin people does not have the weight of the entire goddamn culture behind it. Making fun of thin people is not part of a systematic oppression. That makes it different.

Reasons why PETA is terrible


I hope everybody knows by now that PETA is an awful bunch of people, but I thought I’d collect some of the reasons together for anyone who doesn’t.

Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had … I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!

Greece, N.Y. bus monitor Karen Klein • Discussing her anger with the students who relentlessly berated her in a hard-to-watch video that went viral yesterday. (Particularly with how they said her kids should kill themselves; her son had committed suicide ten years prior.) Despite her anger, she held off, choosing not to fight back despite the unbelievably mean things they were saying to her. After the video went viral, someone started a charity drive to send her on vacation which also went viral. Klein, a former bus driver, makes roughly $15,000 a year as a bus monitor; the charity drive, thus far, has raised $164,821 (and climbing), which might do more than send her on vacation — it might allow her to quit her job. Which, based on that video, might be a good idea. (via iwillalwayslovethefool)

Naming, shaming and blaming people for their weight, shape and size doesn’t work with anorexia and won’t work with obesity either. It’s a complex issue – a toxic obesogenic environment laden with piled-high processed food literally as cheap as chips – while at the same time thinness and the self-control it takes to achieve is highly prized.

We know that people with the serious mental illness of eating disorders have come forward in ever greater numbers for the treatment and help they need because the shame and stigma of the condition has been challenged head-on.

Let’s stop fat shaming now – it serves no purpose. The only shame is on the person who still thinks it’s acceptable to show their prejudice about weight.

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The people who get angriest about fat girls looking good and feeling hot are the people who are the most strongly invested in the idea that a person has to be skinny in order to be happy, healthy, and loved.

Lesley Kinzel,  (via fatandtheivy)
2 years ago 7,277 notes via sociolab © CNN
No one should be punished for living in a body that fails to meet certain cultural standards, and no one should be rewarded for living in a body that does.

this ain't livin': On Bodies and Beaches

But you might not want to go to the beach because of the attitudes you will encounter there. And these attitudes? Are not about whether you personally are ‘beach ready.’ They are about the fact that you live in a shitty society filled with judgmental assholes who apparently think they can decide whether you have a ‘beach body.’ And I wish I could make all those assholes go away so you could enjoy the beach in peace, I really, really do. I wish I could remove all the obstacles that make it hard for you to get to the beach and have a fun time while you’re there, whether you can’t even get ON to the beach because it’s not wheelchair-accessible or you don’t really feel like being snickered at by people when they walk past your towel and cough ‘whale’ into their fists.

Read this!

2 years ago 29 notes via se-smith

this ain't livin': Fat Hatred Kills: Resolution Season

January is the time when people around me talk about how much they hate their bodies and want to force them into something they’re not, or when people who are happy in their bodies get sidelong glances because they didn’t resolve to lose weight and have no intention to, because they have better things to do with their time. The new year is the crest on the wave of fat hatred, when it rises to a pinnacle fed by social pressures to ‘be a better person’ and ‘turn over a new leaf,’ because obviously fat people are bad, and hate being fat, and thus must want to turn over new leaves, to be new people.

2 years ago 38 notes via se-smith