Iâ€™ve read, and listened, and reread and listened some moreâ€¦and hereâ€™s my take;
1) Privilege: Of course thin privilege exists and is wrong and unfair. Fat discrimination exists and is simply inexcusable. BUTâ€“so is reverse discrimination and â€œrankingâ€ the right to express body image issues.
I will have a lot more fuel to add to the fire, along with my contributors. Watch for QA to be posted Thurs., get your daggers sharpened!
2) No moderation: I have no interest in a nicey-nice-donâ€™t-worry-be-happy blog. SP is meant to be a safe place, that allows individuals to express themselves in a non-threatening environment. WATRD is meant to be an open place, that allows us to see the brutal reality, no matter how offending, hurtful, and irrelevant. There is space for both and you are free to choose which you are in the mood to read.
For the record, comments were not closed to shut off the conversation (they are back open BTW), I meant to direct the comments to the apology post because it made logical sense to me. I am really hard core on complete and total freedom of speech, regardless of how brutal it may get (and as you can see I am taking the brunt of it) so I am sorry this was perceived as an attempt to cut off your voiceâ€¦feel free to continue posting your comments, the conversation is still in full roar.
3) Intellectual snobbery: Ripping on grammatical errors and typeâ€™os is so tired. My style ainâ€™t changinâ€™ (yes, I said ainâ€™t). Plus doesnâ€™t this send the message that one must articulate themselves at a set standard and/or level of education or risk being criticized?
4) Kate is a gem. She is a bright, courageous woman. Did I miss the chapter on thin privilege? Did you skip the part about not judging other women? Glazed right past the advice to â€œget over yourself and stop thinking everyone is focused on you and your flaws?â€
5) Barbie comments -sarcasm that bombedâ€¦since this was taken literally by most, I sincerely apologized for the Barbie related statements (only). I mistakenly thought my sarcasm would be quite obvious since I am a 40 year mom, with lumps, bumps, zits, and wrinkles just like 99% of the female populationâ€”except I love who I am and I am not afraid to say I am beautiful. Why are you?
Bottomline, we can all continue to out-snark each otherâ€¦.or we can attempt to listen and learn. I have already learned a great deal from reading all of the comments, knowing Kate, reading her book, and now reading the other blogs that have been recommended to me (such as this one).
Are you willing to explore the other side? I hope so, because it is quite obvious the ladies here and at SP are leading the FA effort, and WATRD is on your side whether you believe it or notâ€”and whether you want us to or not.
I am glad my Barbie post let us all cut to the chaseâ€¦.arenâ€™t you?
3) All I can say about the issue of “typeo’s” is that I’m an editor and an English teacher, and I read more than my fair share of poor grammar in my freshman comp papers, where it is in fact my job to help my students learn how to communicate better, which includes grammatical correctness. The point is that bad grammar gets in the way of what you’re trying to communicate.
I respect my students for having intellectual abilities that differ from mine, and don’t consider myself a snob in that regard, and certainly can forgive a mistake or two, and certainly am not perfect myself, and certainly don’t care if you use “ain’t” or other slang in your blog; however, I’m not going to bother to read a blog where the editor is proud of not understanding apostrophes. It is certainly a skill that, IF YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER, isn’t that difficult to learn. And I think you owe it to your readers to learn it. So maybe I’m a snob after all?
Anyway, I just had to address that part; I know you guys will want to address the rest.
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