Update! Planned Parenthood has responded and removed “obesity” from it’s list of health concerns. Activism works! Send a thank you to ppaction at ppvotesnw dot org.
Alaska should not be the place for the next frontier on the national war on women. As a state, we need to focus on continued revenue generation, addressing critical health care issues like obesity, children’s health care, and suicide, and ensuring that all Alaskans are afforded the rights put in place by our constitution regardless of their socioeconomic status.
So let me see if I understand this:
Planned Parenthood Northwest would like to shift the focus from inappropriate attention on women’s reproductive systems to inappropriate attention to fat people’s bodies.
Planned Parenthood Northwest doesn’t want a war on women, but they’re cool with a war on obese people.
PPNW wants to makes sure that people get their constitutional rights unless they are fat, then the want to systematically eradicate us, even against our will.
[Trigger Warning – suicide talk] They list obesity and suicide as two critical health issues, ostensibly at the same level. This is not the first time I’ve seen them talked about as parallel, in addition to having people tell me that being fat is “committing slow suicide” This infuriates me for very personal reasons: I am obese, my brother committed suicide. I live a fabulous life with amazing friends and wonderful experiences. My brother does not live at all. I’m not being flip about this and I hesitated to talk about it here at all, but I think it’s important to realize the distinction – his death was a tragedy, my body is not. His suffering and death should never be minimized by comparing them to something that wouldn’t cause me any suffering at all if it weren’t for the bigotry and stigma that I have to deal with, that is being reinforced in PP’s memo.
The Declaration of Independence says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I’m ready to get me some of that. I’m ready to be able to enjoy the world I live in with the body I live in without shame, stigma or humiliation. I’m ready for the government to stop putting up walls and hurdles to block my pursuit of happiness. Pursuing happiness and being the subject of a war whose goal is my eradication are competing interests at best. I’d like to live in a world where people challenge an industry that makes $60 billion selling a product for which they have zero proof of long-term efficacy, rather than giving them grants and telling me that I have to buy in or I’m not prioritizing my health. I think that my pursuit of happiness will become a lot easier at precisely the time that the pursuit of fat people as “the enemy” stops.
Tell Planned Parenthood how you feel. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s an example from what I wrote:
I am a long-time support of Planned Parenthood. As an obese woman who practices Health at Every Size and leads an amazing life, I ask you to reconsider your suggestion that we transfer inappropriate focus on women’s reproductive systems to inappropriate focus on fat people’s bodies. A war on obese people is no better than a war on women. I would ask that you stop any anti-obesity language and instead support access to healthy foods, safe movement options, and affordable evidence-based medical care for people of all sizes.
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