I don’t normally do “re-blogs,” but I thought this blog post was rather relevant, and it’s something I would have written about anyway. the author of “Dances With Fat” is one of the few people in this world who is trying to fight “fat-phobia,” as she calls it. She’s doing a lot of good for those of us that have always been teased or discriminated against because of our size. I’m also going to link here to a former blog post of mine that has a similar theme (https://michaelinmadrid.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/people-obsessed-with-my-fat/).
If you’re on Facebook you may be aware of an update option where you choose “Feeling…” and then one of the pre-filled answers that include a little drawing to match your current feelings. A member of the Fit Fatties Forum noticed that one of the options is “Feeling Fat”
While I’m happy that the face is smiling, this is irritating to me because fat is not a feeling. It’s true that people have different definitions of what is being fat, and some people take the attitude that people aren’t fat, they have fat (I’ve already discussed my feelings about why that is problematic). We can definitely discuss these things but what should be clear is that fat is a descriptor of appearance, and not a feeling. “Hmm, do I feel happy, frustrated, or fat today?” does not make sense.
Generally when we use physical descriptors to describe how…
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