Rant: Opinions and personal space

Rant: Opinions and personal space

There was a post I came across in a group I am that asked for opinions on the following shirt…

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The poster was soliciting opinions on whether or not people would wear it. It is a yes or no answer with an optional corresponding reason for why you would or wouldn’t wear it. I originally said I would but changed my mind. I would not wear it because of the word bitch. I am not at all offended or bothered by the word fat. I’m also not all that offended by the word bitch either… I just think it inappropriate to wear on a shirt. That is my opinion. I do not begrudge others from wearing. You like it rock it because it’s none of my business.

Drama happened like it always does when you have a group of people on the internet with various opinions chiming in on any subject matter. That is perfectly fine. However, I draw the line when an opinion becomes a judgement on people’s personal space (no one is perfect I am sure I have said things without thinking how it is judgy… I am probably doing it right now…).  However, like clockwork there was that one person that took it beyond themselves and decided it smart to cover all wearers of this shirt under the same blanket. This commenter posted that she thinks anyone that would wear this shirt needs to go get some self-esteem because they are clearly insecure and that wearing this shirt is just self-depreciation. She received replies from other women stating how they would wear it and they are perfectly secure with themselves and happy. Others stated that it is not self-depreciation because it is reclaiming the word fat from people who try to use it as an insult. She disagreed and maintained her stance.

Firstly, I don’t like blanket statements. I don’t believe in black and white. The world is full of many hues of gray. Not all cops are bad. Not all blacks are criminals. Not all whites are supremacists. Not all religious people are nuts. Not all men are assholes. Not all thin people are healthy. Not all fat people are unhealthy or insecure.

Secondly, I don’t believe that opinions have a place in someone’s personal space. The size of someone’s body, what they eat, what they generally look like, and what they decided to put on it is no one’s business. This is their personal space. You have no say over it. If someone says that wearing a shirt that says “Fat Bitch” doesn’t mean they are insecure it’s not your place to continue to say it does. If you think it is gross that a fat person wants to wear a bikini to the beach it is not your place to tell them they cannot do so.

You don’t like the shirt don’t buy it and wear it. End of story. End of your opinion. Once you move past that and start critiquing others on why they would wear the shirt you begin to enter different territory. If someone responds and tells you that you’re wrong that wearing the shirt does not make them insecure… believe them and move on.

I have a problem with this kind of attitude and call me out if I am wrong I won’t bite.

Ashley Judd’s essay on body objectification remains relevant 4 years later!

Ashley Judd’s essay on body objectification remains relevant 4 years later!

I came across this open letter written by actress Ashley Judd in 2012. Its appearance on my computer screen happened through a typical Facebook chain reaction.  Ashley Judd posted an article that was written about her essay… a friend of mine liked her public link… it showed up on my news feed.  Bingo, bango I got to read an interesting and valid essay regarding the objectification of women’s bodies.  What makes this essay relevant four years later… not much has changed in regards to people thinking they have a right to comment and critique your body. Continue reading

The (Not So) Tell-Tale (Fat) Heart

The (Not So) Tell-Tale (Fat) Heart

I just had to share this. Unreal the lengths people go to post misinformation.

Dances With Fat

This picture and caption combo has gone viral on multiple media platforms:

Fat Heart A picture of a human heart held by two latex-gloved hands with the caption “The is the heart of an obese person.. Remember folks, this what happens when you get fat.  Fat tissue builds up around the heart and clots/chockes it. Fat is not beautiful, it is not be be glorified.

BOOM, SCIENCE!  I guess that’s the end of the Fat Acceptance movement then. Bonus points for enacting the “glorifying obesity” thing in which it’s suggested that fat people who choose not to live our lives in a state of perpetual self-loathing are “glorifying obesity.”  As I’ve pursued the life I want in a fat body, I’ve often been accused of “glorifying obesity,” oddly, I am also short and yet I have never once been accused of glorifying shortness. That’s because this is about fatphobia and has nothing to do with health.

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Catching Fat!

Catching Fat!

Sensationalism is defined as the use of shocking details to cause a lot of excitement or interest.

The news and the internet are FILLED with sensationalized stories. This post is a jump off from yesterday’s regarding the study done on how you can no longer be fat and fit.  Precisely, this post was to be an offshoot from the comparison of obesity to terrorism. I needed more clarification on that and have since downloaded about 10 PDF files from my college’s library database. What I have discovered is that this is a huge topic and will need to be dealt with in more than one post. Continue reading

C25K: week 1-day 2 and odd trends!

C25K: week 1-day 2 and odd trends!

Welcome to day two of my couch to 5k 8 week challenge. I’m still sore from Monday’s jog and walking extravaganza so I took off yesterday to give my poor muscles a break. Plus it was raining… who wants to go to the gym in the rain? Continue reading

The word that shall not be used!

The word that shall not be used!

While I was roaming the blogosphere like a good blogger should I came across this interesting post, What the Fat Stigma Study Left Out, written by Mrs. Ipockolypse. It is in response to a recently published blog article by the New York Times Is Fat Stigma Making Us Miserable?Continue reading