I get an email from Salon every day giving me the new articles and trying to entice me to visit their site. And I was actually interested when I saw that today there is an article about the bullying of fat kids. Then I hit the display images option and just…
Way to support the article there, Salon. This is no ordinary headless fatty photo – that would be in poor taste! No, instead they’ve chosen a photo cropped so tightly that the image is still completely impersonal and dehumanizing, reducing the child – of completely indeterminate body type because, hey, it isn’t like we can see anything other than a bit of the lower face – to the role of over enthusiastic consumer. It’s not even an active eating shot – it’s the aftermath of greed, ice cream smeared everywhere including the kid’s nose.
Here’s a bit of practical advice: If you are a magazine or other media outlet who wishes to be taken seriously as a neutral source of coverage when it comes to body politics, do not ever use a headless fatty photo or a photo of a supposedly fat person eating.
This hasn’t even got anything to do with the content of the article. I get that some poor web graphics person was given an incredibly vague media description and probably pulled a stock photo that tested high on the cute scale. But come on. Part of the way fat hatred is perpetuated is through unthinking assumptions that fatties must eat all the time with no regard for boundaries (or napkins).
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