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Thanks to reader Harmony for providing the inspiration for this post! Part of it is a re-post from a past blog and part of it is new to address new questions. Reasonably often I see somebody – typically somebody well intentioned – suggest that we should stop using the word fat. Recently I actually saw someone say that fat people “shouldn’t be allowed” to call ourselves fat. Sometimes when it is discussed, “fat talk” is short hand for negative body talk, but often it’s literal.
The issue here is that, however well meaning, saying that we shouldn’t call people fat suggests that being fat is such a terrible thing that we shouldn’t utter the word out loud. Fat people are not Voldemort and making fat seem like the “physical descriptor that must not be named” actually further shames and stigmatizes people who are, in fact, fat (whether we call them/ourselves that or not.)
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