fat phobia

  • FeminismPhoto of How Feminists Can Do More to Fight Toxic Masculinity

    How Feminists Can Do More to Fight Toxic Masculinity

    @AbsurdistWords had some powerful things to say on Twitter on Thursday about toxic masculinity and the ways we rob men of healthy tools for processing and expressing emotion. (I highly encourage everyone to read his TL for some great insights; the conversation was storified here.) While he’s right to say that men need to fight this cultural norm from within,…

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

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

    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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  • FeminismPhoto of How to Stop Patronizing Your Fat Friend: Fatphobia Edition

    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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  • ICYMI: March 24 – March 30 on the Skepchick Network

    Put down that morning paper. There’s nothing you need to know in there. (Other than people from Cyprus are called Cypriots. Who knew?) Just snuggle down and catch up on what you missed last week on the Skepchick Network. Teen Skepchick A Whole-Brain Activity Map, and the Obama Administration The Obama Administration announced a plan to fund a huge effort…

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