Lora asked what do we when we run out of choices. Because things ARE getting scarier and people are getting more overt when it comes to fat hatred.
But what we do doesn’t change. We keep on being visible and vocal. And we stop them from taking our choices away.
The Mississippi bill? Even though it was never going to pass, there was enough outrage that it was killed outright.
WE DID THAT.
All the people who read and write in the fatosphere and everyone y’all talked to and everyone else who passed on the information about this outrageously STUPID bill. All of us.
That is why the fatosphere is important. That is why speaking up in your community, to your doctors and to that asshole at the gym who always has a snide remark, that’s why all of that is important. Because when you are vocal, you have more power.
When we are visible, people can’t pretend we don’t exist. That’s why tv appearances and magazine interviews (Rock on, Kate!) are so important.
If medicine in the US moves to a more socialized system, I don’t actually think it will be any better or worse than it is for fat people right here and now. We’re already being denied treatments based on our weight.
But the more we speak up and fight against that, the less likely it is to happen.
There is so much weighing on all of us – pun fully intended – with this crap. The entire pressure of a social structure that would rather ANYONE who is different cave in and just conform, dammit.
And in the face of that, it is easy to get worn out, to have moments where the fear of how society treats anyone different gets to be a bit much to handle on your own. That is when I go read and reread entries from the Fat Feed and talk to some of my friends and dress in bold defiance of stores who won’t sell me clothes that fit. I take my dignity and I hold on to it.
That’s what I do. I don’t know if it’s the right strategy for everyone but it might be a place to start.
And you know what else I do? I get angry.
Right now, after reading the Red Eye piece re: Kate, I am mad enough to spit at MeMe Roth. Because she is BULLSHIT and people keep going to her for her opinion.
Seriously, she’s the “War on Obesity”‘s very own pathetic replica of Ann Coulter. But you know what? Fuck MeMe Roth.
Fuck MeMe Roth.
She is not worth the time or energy it takes for me to take her seriously as anything other than a whining gadfly.
What do YOU do?
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