Still working on a final name for our Roundup feature, but in the meantime, here are some links for Wednesday!
‘My favourite food is sushi, but unlike others I can sit and eat 70 big pieces of sushi in one go,’ she said. ‘I do love cakes and sweet things, doughnuts are my favourite.’ Donna, who wears XXXXXXXL dresses, eats mounds of junk food and tries to move as little as possible… To fund the massive $750 weekly food shop, she runs a website where men pay her to watch her eat fast food.
I honestly don’t quite know what to say about this story!
2. “It’s never a good idea to comment on a woman’s figure”: an advice column:
Comments about a woman’s body, no matter how elegantly phrased, should be reserved until intimacy has been established. Far too many men treat women’s bodies as public property, to be commented on as though we exist only for their viewing pleasure. So don’t do this.
Hallways were plastered with posters saying “Prevent teenage obesity.” After the posters went up, the girl said, schoolmates began taunting her in the halls, pointing at the obese girl on the posters and saying, “Look at the fat chick.”
4. Australian politician finds fat aboriginal dancers offensive:
I would suggest to Mr Tuckey that most Aboriginal people have more important things to consider other than their weight, incidental issues such as interpersonal and systemic racism for a start and that perhaps Mr Tuckey and his cohorts should be working to address those issues rather than being so offended that he has to see brown (and often not so brown) Aboriginal bellies bulging over the top of traditional style lap laps.
5. Why Gabby vs. Hollywood is annoying, from Big Fat Blog:
The idea of casting Gabby in a serious role where her confidence might shine through is probably unimaginable to most people in Hollywood. Instead, elite Hollywood women are “made ugly” in movies where a feel-good transformation is needed. And since Gabby is, according to Joy Behar, more than “full-figured” she cannot be transformed from ugly duckling to swan…without losing weight, that is.
By focusing on Gabby the media are subtly (or not-so-subtly) invoking a weight loss narrative because it’s the only narrative they know for a fat woman, the only way they see her having a possibility, they only way they see her existing. It’s why they are confounded by Gabby herself.
As always, if there is a ton of conversation about something, I’ll make it into a spinoff post. Happy reading!
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