I’ve been alternately sick, or busy, or sick and busy. In the meantime, here are some things that have been going on lately… In Case You Missed Them! Even though you most likely didn’t.
1. Shapely Prose leaves the Fatosphere!
As we’ve tried saying a gazillion times, [Shapely Prose] is not the movement. It is not the fatosphere. And the fatosphere is not, in fact, a real place or institution that has — or needs, necessarily — an identifiable leader to set standards, referee fights, and generally be all things to all fat people. If the majority of fatosphere bloggers decide it does need such a leader, that’s cool — but none of the Shapely Prose bloggers are running for office.
2. College mandates a “Fitness for Life” class to graduate… but only if you’re fat!
Why stop at fat people? I mean, aren’t thin people just potential future fatties? Why not push the obesity fearmongering and weight-stereotyping onto the entire student body? Frankly, I don’t know what’s worse: the blatant discrimination shown here by the school, or the fact that a historically black college is the body enacting the discrimination.
3. Young girls still worry about being fat, but it isn’t all the princesses’ fault.
The good (sort of) news? The kids weren’t more affected by a film featuring a svelte princess, like the Princess and the Frog, than by anything else. So limiting princesses and Barbies alone isn’t going to do the trick; indeed, they seemed to feel equally bad regardless of what they watched.
4. People have seen Precious (although I haven’t seen it yet) and the word is, it’s amazing. Would love to know what you think!
The host asked why it was important that the character be obese, and I found this question and some wording in Bob Mondello’s movie review (“her face so full it seems incapable of expression”) to be at least irritating and perhaps borderline offensive–I felt that they seemed to view Precious and to some extent Gabourey Sidibe, the actress who plays her, as some sort of strange curiosity. So I loved the author’s straightforward and beautiful response, in the context of an anecdote about a white woman who had approached her to indicate that, after seeing the film, “she would never look at an overweight black woman again with the same judgment.” It made me happy to hear.
5. This is unrelated to fat, but I feel the need to co-sign the sentiment that John Cho is hot. But this reminds me of a point I wanted to make! Which I will put in a blockquote for symmetry’s sake.
I love the fact that so many new shows we’re watching in our house, such as Glee, FlashForward, and Community, have diverse casts. Although in each case there are white characters playing the leads, and the only people of size are black women (Mercedes on Glee and Shirley on Community). I still think it’s great that there are substantive roles on television for people of color and even, in the case of Glee, people with disabilities being portrayed. FlashForward and Glee also have gay characters. Hooray diversity!
As always, if you have any thoughts on 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, please hit the comments! (And I know you may feel one of these should have a post all its own… I can always quote some of your comments and start a dedicated discussion post if need be!)
And for all you Americans out there, happy Thanksgiving!
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