Does anyone remember BBW Magazine? The founder, Carole Shaw, coined the term “BBW’ back in 1979, meant to be an attempt at fat pride (although one could argue that the message was hidden behind an acronym, much like the models inside said magazine hid behind tunics and drapey jackets) but has been taken over as shorthand for Craigslist ads and fetish websites.
When I first heard the term, back in the 80’s, I was all “Oooh, hell yeah!” but I realized recently that I haven’t thought of myself as a BBW in at least a decade. I hadn’t really figured out what bugged me about the acronym and its slumming on the internet until I read this post from Curvature. (Link mildly NSFW)
… â€œBBWâ€ translates to â€œdisrespect.â€ Women who claim their BBW-ness are disrespecting themselves by connecting their identities to a phrase so tied in with depravity and lack of self-respect. Men (usually fetishists) who claim to love BBWs really love the sexual nature of the woman or her body, not for her confidence, tastes, or intelligence. They are disrespecting women by writing on someoneâ€™s Xpeeps wall â€œHey you gorgeous BBW.â€ Blech. Itâ€™s as bad as saying, â€œHey you gorgeous piece of meat. BBW might as well mean â€œBig Beastly Whoreâ€ as far as Iâ€™m concerned.
Oooh, ouch. What do you guys think? Is it time to reclaim BBW? Do you label yourself? Do we even need to have a label to define us? What’s an acronym-less girl to do?
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