Wednesday, July 01, 2009

We're getting larger!

I know that some of you will read the articles in the paper and online today about the growing number of obese Americans with the horror that it is intended to engender.

I don' I'm sure you would guess. I do have some hope, as more people become fatter, that more will see as clearly as I do, the way in which the "obese" are discussed as other...a problem that must be dealt with.

This is subtle, but it is there. Civilized oppression at its finest. The creation of other makes it easy for those who are fat-phobic to have a greater voice. Just read the comments that follow the articles and I'm sure you'll get your fill of it.

I have all sorts of feelings about solutions that are proposed, but I'll leave them for another time.

Those of you just joining the fold of teh fats, welcome!


Aravis said...

In all honesty, I'm not fat and I don't want to be. That being said, I hate that you are made to feel "other." I hate the way you are looked at and treated. You are deserving of respect and love for who you are, not who others think you should be. I feel like that about everyone who is somehow different from the perceived norm, who doesn't fit into society's little boxes. It's hurtful and wrong. :0(

Aravis said...

And may I add: you're a beautiful person, inside and out!

Queenie said...

Totally agree. "The obesity epidemic" is horrid, ideologically-charged language.

I wonder if it's a coincidence that when people are encouraged to think themselves defective, they're more likely to spend money on consumer goods to cheer themselves up / 'correct' themselves / make themselves 'acceptable' for other people's benefit? Fat-phobia is a nice little earner for the slimming industry though, as well as the 'pampering' industry, the retail therapy promoters, the 'diet' snack food industry... the list of vested interests is long. I don't know how many people make money out of a society that says "You know what? I'm great just as I am." It's a hard one to tackle, when public neuroses are commercial gain.