Oppression in action, right here. Tell me there’s something wrong with me and then, oh how convenient, tell me you have the ‘solution’ for sale.
“The problem is never that fat people exist. The problem is always the mistreatment of fat people. Fat people have the right to exist in fat bodies without shame, stigma, bullying, or oppression and it doesn’t matter why we’re fat, what being fat means, or if we could (or want to) become thin.”
Today I’m not talking about people’s individual reasons to attempt to manipulate their body size. People are allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies including trying to shrink them and it’s not my business. What I’m talking about is the worst reason that we are told to lose weight.
“For our health” is a pretty terrible reason – what with there being absolutely no evidence that would suggest that attempts at weight loss will leave us any thinner or healthier (two different things, by the way.)
“To be more beautiful” is a pretty terrible reason since it presupposes that we want to buy into the current social constructs and stereotypes of beauty and try to manipulate our bodies to meet them.
But the worst, the absolute worst, as far as I’m concerned is something I saw in marketing literature for a weight loss product (that I will not be…
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