It will probably come as no surprise to my regular readers that I love the show So You Think You Can Dance. This season during the Vegas eliminations there was a dancer who wasn’t shining through – she was asking for her spot but not demanding it. One of the judges told her that her attitude needed to be “I’m not leaving here until you see me!”
I think that’s a lot of what fat activism, or at least my particular style of fat activism, is about. When fat people do things that defy stereotypes like dancing, being athletic, being happy with our bodies etc, we’re not asking people for their approval. We are giving people an opportunity to examine their own prejudices and bigotry and make a better choice. We’re doing them a favor.
When fat people refuse to be judged based on our bodies, our health, or how other people think we should look or act, we aren’t begging for acceptance. We are saying “I set the terms and boundaries by which we interact and when I want your opinion on my body you’ll be among the very first people to know.”
When fat people refuse to bow to the pressure of the war on obesity to attempt weight loss (which nobody can prove is possible) to be healthier (which nobody can prove is valid) we aren’t begging for mercy. We are saying that we have the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as everyone else and that includes the right to live in our bodies without the government waging war on us for how we look, so how about you back the hell off.
When fat people refuse to be hidden or dismissed by society we aren’t begging for recognition, we are demanding it. We are saying “I’m not leaving here until you see me and I won’t stop until you treat me with respect and equality.”
When it comes to respecting size diversity the world is fucked up. It’s not our fault but it becomes our problem and I think it’s important to remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with us, and that the way fat people are treated is completely, utterly, unjustifiably, wrong. It’s not us, it’s for damn sure them, and I for one will keep fighting until it gets better.
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