I saw this poster in San Francisco over the weekend, put up by some public health initiative, I believe. Of course I thought of you, and snapped this picture!
The first dotted line says “STARTED GOING FOR WALKS DURING LUNCH HOUR.” The second line says “STOPS ORDERING TAKE-OUT AND STARTS COOKING HEALTHY MEALS.” And the third line says “JUST BOUGHT BIKINI THAT CHALLENGES SOME OBSCENITY LAWS.”
The first two lines, of course, are there to show that if the fat woman makes positive health changes and stops “ordering takeout” (you know, as we all do), she will lose lots of weight. It’s the third line where I have the real issue–once she no longer has any “unsightly” lumps (please notice that the shape of the line changes, not just the size) she’s “allowed” to buy a skimpy bikini. Isn’t that the goal, after all?
I have to say, I misunderstood this photo at first. My first thought was, “cool, a fat chick in a bathing suit!” and then I skimmed the ad and thought “hey, she’s going to get empowered and buy a bikini!” totally missing the whole weight loss thing. This obviously proves that I’ve been brainwashed by my own blog; there’s clearly no way a headless fattie in a bathing suit would be there to convey a positive message. But isn’t it nice that I thought so?
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