As my regular readers know, I’m in the process of moving to Los Angeles. I have been toying with the idea of surfing and then I found out about Fat Surfer Jimbo Pellegrineand now I’m definitely going to do it. (In fact, I’m thinking of doing a “Ragen’s Wacky Workouts” series on YouTube where I get filmed doing all different kinds of interesting workouts)
So I was watching videos of Jimbo and I noticed that the kind of hate mail he gets sounds exactly like the kind of hatemail I get. At roughly the same time I saw two awesome videos about trolls and haters (both linked at the end of this blog.)
It all started me thinking. Could these haters do what fat people do everyday? Not just physically, though that’s obviously a question, but mentally. If they had to face people like them would they keep putting themselves out there? Would they surf? Dance? Run marathons? Ever leave the house?
I think people forget that every single thing fat people do – including just getting out of bed and leaving the house – is done under the crushing weight of societal stigma and oppression. That makes leaving the house brave. and liking ourselves a revolutionary act. Especially when everyone from the First Lady to major media outlets are actually encouraging people to stereotype us – to look at us and assume that we are lazy, a drain on society, blah blah blah. And yet we keep getting out of bed, leaving the house, going to the gym, going to the movies.
And more and more of us are claiming our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of our happiness in the bodies we have now and that takes serious guts. More guts than I imagine the barely literate people who leave me hate mail and can’t even find the courage to sign their real names could muster. So keep on keeping on fatties and thank for the support friends of fatties. Take heart that these haters who can’t even spell fat bitch and are too cowardly to attach their names and identities to things they write could not do what we do every day.
So below you’ll find a hilarious (though NSFW) video response from a comedienne to her haters. And here you can find a serious discussion about how to be an ally to those being attacked.
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