“It is inconsiderate to inconvenience others due to our size. Please, lets not go too far demanding equality.”
This person has the right to think this and act accordingly, and I have certainly heard others refer to fat people as an inconvenience. It will probably not comes as a shock to you that I could not disagree more.
If someone feels inconvenienced because another person achieves equality, then that person was most likely benefiting from the inequality. It does not follow that the person who was unequal should say “Sorry dude, my bad. I’ll just go back to a life of oppression- nothing is more important than your convenience.”
Think back to other civil rights movements. How would the world be different if those groups had said “Equal rights now, I mean, as long as nobody is inconvenienced in any way” You’re going to have a hard time fitting that on a protest sign.
Or try chanting this: “What do we want? Equality! When do we want it? Only when it doesn’t inconvenience anyone!” It just doesn’t have that ring to it, you know?
I’m fighting for my equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (which I am certain includes things like the right to exist in my body without my government waging war on me for how I look) and if someone has the audacity to call that “inconsiderate” then so be it. And if people don’t want to give up the “conveniences” that are the end result of the stigma and oppression that are heaped upon me and those who look like me, then they are going to have to learn to live with disappointment because that’s just too damn bad.
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