fat acceptance

  • Feminism
    Louis CK

    Pretty Little Lies: Why I Loved the Fat Lady Episode of ‘Louie’

    A lot of people had Thoughts and Feelings about the “So Did the Fat Lady” episode of Louie. Here’s the part that made me fist-pump the air and exclaim “yes!”. You know what the meanest thing is you can say to a fat girl? “You’re not fat.” I mean, come on, buddy. It just sucks. It really really sucks. You have…

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    Guest Post: On Being a Defiant Athlete

    Editor’s Note: Shaunta is back! And this time she is sending a message to her younger self, about regrets and growing up, and also the difference between an athlete and an exerciser.  *** If my life was reduced to data and stretched out in a timeline, there would be several delineating markers. Before and after my parents divorced when I…

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    Guest Post: I am No One’s Good Fatty

    Editor’s Note: Shaunta is back! And this time she explains why the expectation of being a “good fatty” is hurtful and unproductive. Right on! *** When I first started writing about Health at Every Size (HAES), I spent a lot of time talking about my blood. Nearly every post I wrote included a paragraph listing my “numbers,” like credentials on…

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  • Feminism

    Weight Stigma Awareness Week: My Past

    [Content Notice: body image, weight] The cruelty regarding my weight started when I was very young and only got worse as I got older. It seemed to me that social interactions were all opportunities for people to be mean to me about something I didn’t know how to manage or control. Before I had learned to count high enough to…

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  • Feminism

    Weight Stigma: Yes, It’s a Thing

    [Content Notice: weight loss, weight and body issues] As I found from various awesome folks I follow, this week is Weight Stigma Awareness Week; people are submitting their personal stories about it. Before I contribute mine, I would like to make a case for weight stigma. Simply put, it exists. I’ll leave aside those who insist that fat people just need…

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  • Feminism

    How to Stop Patronizing Your Fat Friend: Self-Loathing Edition

    Trigger Warning for Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders So you’ve stopped making the political into the personal when it comes to your fat friend. That’s awesome! Thank you so much for hearing what your fat friend has to say rather than your own internalized assumptions about her feelings. “But sometimes,” you tentatively begin, “I hear her actually hating on…

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  • Feminism

    How to Stop Patronizing Your Fat Friend: Fatphobia Edition

    Trigger Warning for Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders Ah, fat — that charged, overloaded, connotation-carrying word. There is a lot I could say about the word, but for the sake of my point, let us fast-forward past the debates over fat-shaming, Health at Every Size, thin privilege, BMI, and so on. Let us make even more haste as we…

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