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[personal profile] sibyllevance
If you think the recent Marie Claire article 'Should Fatties Get a Room? (Even on TV)' made sense, then by all means say so now so I can unfriend you & so we can save each other a lot of time.

I just unfriended (and blocked from Twitter) someone who thought the article had a point, and I'll unfriend anyone else who does so. I find it depressing that fat phobia seems to be one of the most persistent and consistent phobias out there as it remains unchallenged every day and I refuse to pretend to be friendly to people who still think there's a moral judgment to be had each time a fat person shows up in their lives, or god forbid, on their television set.

This is as important to me as any other area of systematic oppression. If you're fat phobic, transphobic, homophobic, racist, ableist, classist or sexist and are doing nothing about it* - get out. And get out now or I'll kick you out myself.

Comments are wide open - I was serious about unfriending. 

*Someone pointed out that a lot of people might not recognize themselves in this description and would think it doesn't apply to them, which is why I added 'and are doing nothing about it'. The thing is - be aware of your shortcomings and work on them/be willing to work on them.

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Date: 2010-10-27 09:19 pm (UTC)
timeasmymeasure: woman stretching with her back to the camera (stock: feeling myself)
From: [personal profile] timeasmymeasure
God, that article was atrocious.

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Date: 2010-10-27 10:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] woldy
Wow. My favourite part was the double standard whereby some models are naturally skinny (and thus it's fine to promote unhealthily thin bodies) but obviously being fat isn't okay because she finds it aesthetically unpleasing. Way to make it clear that the author isn't in fact the least concerned about health.

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Date: 2010-10-27 10:09 pm (UTC)
woldy: (Nil points)
From: [personal profile] woldy
It's about why we should all stigmatise fat people and aspire to look like the anorexic models in Marie Claire, obviously.

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Date: 2010-10-27 10:04 pm (UTC)
naraht: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naraht
If you're fat phobic, transphobic, homophobic, racist, ableist, classist or sexist - get out. And get out now or I'll kick you out myself.

I would actually be very surprised if I'm not most or all of those on some level. If you're privileged, being somewhat -ist rather comes with the territory. Or do you mean "if you're -ist and you're not trying to do something about it"?

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Date: 2010-10-27 10:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naraht
Fair enough. It's good to make things clear because I think the former attitude tends to lead to the "I couldn't have said a racist thing because I try and I mean well and therefore I couldn't possibly be racist" defense. If you see what I mean.

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