Dress For the Body I Have? Done!

Every year we have to endure businesses and social media friends who for some reason think the fact that it’s summer means it’s totally ok to body shame people by putting out this ridiculous sign.

 

Image may contain: sky

It’s a picture of a sign at an eye doctor’s office (cleverly named “The Eye Doctor”) on which they’ve taken the time to arrange letters to say:

“Welcome to Lewiston When it’s hot please dress for the body you have, not the body you wish you had – thanks.

Can you imagine how it would feel to be a fat person arriving at your eye doctor wearing weather appropriate clothes? Too bad that these supposed healthcare practitioners are so comfortable stigmatizing their clients for a cheap joke.

First, while I’m certain that I’m the target demographic for this sign, the body I have is the body I want so they can G right TFO with this nonsense.

More to the point, it’s like 1,000 degrees outside which means that the body I have is hot AF and my concern is dealing with that, not being aesthetically pleasing to fatphobes. If someone doesn’t like the way I look in these clothes, then there are always at least 3 other cardinal directions in which they can fix their gaze.

Let’s give this another shot, shall we:

Please dress

Want a world with more fashion choices and less bullshit body shaming?

Click Here to Register for the Fat Activism Conference!

The Fat Activism Conference is all online, so you can listen by phone or on your computer wherever you are.  Plus you get recordings and transcripts of each talk so you can listen and read live and/or on your own schedule. The conference is happening October 6-8, 2017!

If you enjoy this blog, consider becoming a member or making a contribution.

Like this blog?  Here’s more cool stuff:

Become a Member! For ten bucks a month you can support fat activism and get deals from size positive businesses as a thank you.  Click here for details

Book and Dance Class Sale!  I’m on a journey to complete an IRONMAN triathlon, and I’m having a sale on all my books, DVDs, and digital downloads to help pay for it. You get books and dance classes, I get spandex clothes and bike parts. Everybody wins! If you want, you can check it out here!

Book Me!  I’d love to speak to your organization. You can get more information here or just e-mail me at ragen at danceswithfat dot org!

If you are uncomfortable with my selling things on this site, you are invited to check out this post.

Published in: on July 14, 2017 at 6:59 am  Comments (10)  

10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I’d have gone with “Dress for you, not for myopic optometrists.” 🙂

  2. I have willfully decided to interpret the original sign as “Please wear clothes that fit your body, because wearing clothes that are too big or too small is uncomfortable and you deserve better!”

    • Haha! I like that.

      • You got that right. The wrong size can seriously chafe and ride up. Wedgies are NOT fun.

        Also, my sister who has smaller breasts has suggested to me that I might try going bra-less, but the body I have has bodacious bazoombas (as opposed to merely breasts), and I need the support to help avoid extra back pain. I have enough back pain, already.

        Also, wear a crop top if you want to, but if you have large breasts, please either wear a bra with your crop top, or else tuck your nipples into your belt.

        • lol tuck your nipples into your belt

  3. I don’t even have words…

  4. Because heat stroke is fun!

  5. I’m starting to think putting up your “dress for the body you have, not the body you want” sign to inform/remind passing fatties we’re supposed to be wanting a different body and wearing a loose gray blanket over the one we’ve got is becoming a new summer tradition. You know, to go with the new winter tradition of picking a fat girl to kick out of the prom for “indecency” (even if you pre-approved her dress before the dance started) to remind fat women their “decency” is at your discretion, and you can revoke it any time you want, for any reason you want.

  6. What a load of shit. If that sign were brave enough to make its way to Miami- all fat hell would break loose. I’m talking riots! Who DOES that!?!

    • I guess optometrists who are independently wealthy and don’t care how much business they lose?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: