Category Archives: Fat, fat and more fat

People are very concerned that fat kids, most of whom probably aren’t even fat, aren’t hating themselves enough

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones is so very concerned, because “our kids are fat” but “they don’t know it.” Not that Kevin read a study, exactly, but he did read Fat kids don’t know they’re fat anymore, a post at … Continue reading

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Lindy West gets an apology from one of her nastiest trolls

I enjoyed this episode of This American Life. Just pointing it out for anyone interested in the same issues. Lindy’s troll, by the way, was motivated by a combination of misogyny and internalized fat self-hatred; he at the time was … Continue reading

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On being better-liked after losing weight

An “Ask Polly” reader describes a conversation with her friend who lost 125 pounds dieting… He then went into lawyer mode, showing me Facebook posts from his heavy days and now; the same clever Facebook status that had gotten 30 … Continue reading

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Wow, Is This Cartoon From The Good Men Project Bad

(Quick note regarding the use of “fat” and “ugly” in this post: There’s nothing wrong with being “fat,” nor is being fat “ugly,” nor is there anything wrong with being “ugly,” for that matter.1 But within this cartoon, “fat” and … Continue reading

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Please Please Stop Saying Anti-Fat Discrimination Is “The Last Acceptable Prejudice”

I’m normally thrilled to see supportive articles in mainstream media opposing anti-fat bigotry, but this is an exception. As I’ve pointed out before, virtually everything has been called “the last acceptable prejudice” by someone. Framing anti-fat prejudice as “the last” … Continue reading

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Wait, that happens to me because I’m fat?

Melissa McEwan has a storify that’s well worth reading. It goes on to discuss a lot, but here’s how it begins: While I love with so many hearts the return of warm weather, that also means the returns of people … Continue reading

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Time Uses Their Cover For A Fat Joke About Chris Christie

Time Magazine is implying (but not outright saying) that the interpretation of the cover as a fat joke just didn’t occur to them. Sort of the “we’re not assholes, we’re astoundingly stupid” line of defense. There really isn’t much to … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Enjoys Making Fun of Fat Women

To be fair, it’s not just fat women in the street Mitt likes making fun of; he also likes making fun of fat men. Mitt also cared about fitness and was prone to poke fun at those who didn’t. (“Oh, … Continue reading

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Quote: Being Told You’re Innately Defective Is A Form Of Abuse

“People who are told repeatedly that they are innately defective are being abused and traumatized. The cost of conversion therapy to gay men and lesbians may be nothing less than emotional devastation. They may spend years recovering from the trauma … Continue reading

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Big Diabetes Study Ended Because Exercise And Diet Didn’t Do Squat

The New York Times reports: The study randomly assigned 5,145 overweight or obese people with Type 2 diabetes to either a rigorous diet and exercise regimen or to sessions in which they got general health information. The diet involved 1,200 … Continue reading

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