I was catching up on my blog reading this weekend and found two posts I thought were especially worth passing along. First, I really enjoyed Kate’s post, “We Already Know Weâ€™re Fat“:
“This so-called epidemic is not made up of theoretical fucking people who are just as fat as you can possibly imagine. Itâ€™s made up of people you see every day AND WHO YOU PROBABLY THINK ARE â€œNOT FAT.â€
It is also, of course, made up of the very fat people held up as â€œfreaks,â€ and plenty of people in between, but the fact remains that in the U.K., as with the U.S., the majority of obese people have a BMI between 30 and 35. Which means that if they donâ€™t know theyâ€™re clinically obese, itâ€™s probably because theyâ€™ve never calculated their BMI, they look nothing like the mediaâ€™s image of obesity, and theyâ€™ve constantly got people telling them theyâ€™re not even fucking fat.
And Rachel’s post on Dear Abby’s hypocritical advice:
A fat woman marries a man who prefers larger women and when she loses weight, Abby counsels her that it isnâ€™t her fault and that her meanie husband is just punishing her. A thin woman marries a man who prefers thin women and when she gains weight, is told by Abby that her husband has given her an â€œimportant messageâ€ and is accused of singlehandedly and deliberately destroying her marriage and then saddled with the onus of losing weight in order to save the relationship. The biased moralization here canâ€™t be more explicit.
Even Dan Savage wouldn’t offer advice that out-and-out hypocritical.
So, in case you don’t know, I have an insane work schedule this semester, and my time reading blogs has been severely cut down, since I’m usually either driving, grading, or in the classroom. So I appreciate your tips and e-mails now more than ever! Anything else you think I should blog about, link to, or recommend?
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