Recently two Olympic Athletes and a model have been the subject of rants by people – who seem to be to be writing with more than a little desperation to feel better about themselves – calling these women fat.
As is so often the case when famous women are called fat in public, the overwhelming answer to these hate-driven rants has been “she’s not fat.” And that’s missing the point.
Would these women somehow deserve to be the subject of this abuse if they were fat? No. And saying “she’s not fat” says that these women don’t deserve to be insulted (which is true) but at the expense of reinforcing the incorrect idea that being called fat is an insult to begin with.
Unbelievably, with some regularity people tell me “you’re not fat”. That’s ridiculous, I’m really quite fat. What they are typically trying to say is that I don’t fit their stereotypes of fat people and they want to make me an exception so they can hang on to their stereotypes and keep judging fat people. Which is obviously bullshit.
Assigning value to bodies based on their size is just wrong. Yes, it is ok to be fat. Bodies come in lots of different sizes for lots of different reasons and instead of jumping to the defense of one woman by insisting that she is not fat, we have the opportunity to make things better for everyone by pointing out that there is absolutely nothing wrong with fat bodies, or bodies of any size.
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