Facebook Feeling Fat?

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/).

Dances With 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”

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.

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Rushing Christmas

Ok, raise your hand if you think that businesses and the media are pushing Christmas earlier and earlier every year.  Put your hands down…wow, that was a lot of you!

There used to be  a rule in the United States that Christmas decorations and Christmas music didn’t make an appearance until after Thanksgiving.  It wasn’t a written rule, but a general rule that people followed.  These days, I know the rule is not kept.  Many establishments have been known to put up their Christmas wreaths and play “Jingle Bells” on the elevator musak much earlier than Thanksgiving.  There was a radio station in New York that would begin playing Christmas carols in November 1st and wouldn’t stop until after Christmas.  This is insanity!

I love Christmas.  I love the feeling of Christmas, the decorations, the music…everything about it!  I don’t like the cold weather, but spending Christmas in Singapore this year will cure that!  I enjoy going into the mall and seeing the giant Christmas trees and candy canes hung from the ceiling.  I love the gold star and Santa Claus decals on the store windows (like seasonal Colorforms).  I also love the sales that I can take advantage of.  I am one of the few people that actually gets a thrill out of buying gifts for other people.  I love when I can get the perfect gift, or surprise someone with something unexpected.  It’s a great feeling, this “Christmas!”

Unfortunately, I don’t like to have those feelings in October!  Here in Singapore, where Thanksgiving is NOT celebrated, there’s nothing separating the summer from the Christmas season.  Before Halloween I was witnessing Santa Claus decorations and plastic reindeer in the malls.  I sat in a restaurant below a giant Christmas wreath in the middle of October, and walked into Starbuck’s to hear some jazzy rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” during the first week of November.  Singapore has pushed Christmas 2 months earlier!  In the United States, they set up for Christmas early, but never in OCTOBER!!!

This early Christmas actually diminishes the real Christmas.  If people are preparing for Christmas for so long and seeing and hearing Christmas-related memorabilia for 2 months, they will be jaded and bored by the time December 25th rolls around.  By celebrating Christmas too early, these companies and the media have actually caused people to not celebrate it as much as they would normally.  They are jading people to the Christmas spirit by bombarding them with it in early November.  So, please ignore the music, decorations and that (surprisingly thin) sidewalk Santa until the “proper” time of December, or your Christmas won’t feel as special as it should!