So I’m going to post some quick hits and foreshadow a few upcoming posts today.
1. If you haven’t already, please go to the wonderful blog “She Dances on the Sand” by Rioiriri and check out her latest post: I am a person, not an epidemic. It’s a great read for both Size Acceptance activists and freedom-lovers. She makes the great point that, all things considered, the obesity epi-panic isn’t about some lingering cloud of doom but rather real people, with real bodies, being told their bodies must change “for their own good, and for the good of the people.” Of course, we know that the obesity epi-panic will accomplish neither of those goals, already ruining or decreasing the quality of many lives, and threatening to throw a whole generation into a fat-hating orgy of unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies.
2. I’ve been reading George Orwell’s terrific essay, “Notes on Nationalism.” It’s definitely going to go on this week’s reading list (which I’ll post every Friday, starting this week, and link to from the top tabs via a new page). Orwell makes the masterful argument that nationalism isn’t just extreme patriotism for one’s country or military, but rather it has much deeper sociological roots. He claims the nationalist is the individual who, at the cost of rational objectivism, will do anything to see his “team” one-up the other “team.” In other words, a person who hates fat people will ignore every rigor of science thrust in his direction, every bit of rigorous and anecdotal evidence, &etc in order to promulgate his message of hate. Nationalists live in a world of fantasy, where their “team” must win against the other “team,” regardless of truth, the dictates of reality, and what have you.
3. I’ve been simmering about one particular Obesity Myth that seems not to have been addressed to my satisfaction: the myth of the all powerful Thin Child who shall never get sick and remain youthful forever. Not sure what I mean? It’s this: fat children are artificially created by their parents/culture/school/environment/whathaveyou, and since fat is correlated with certain diseases more strongly correlated to genetics and increasing age, if the fat is banished from a child that child shall grow up into a non-fat adult who will defy his/her genetics and never get age-related diseases.
I call this Obesity Myth: The Fountain of Youths (plural is intentional ;) )
At any rate, I really would like to debunk it (though of course, it has many flaws on its face). In particular, I’d like to satirize the progression of the Thinnizing of a group of fat children in order to make them part of this anointed, forever-young generation. I’d like to show that if we truly went “all the way” in making these kids thin, to what lengths we’d endeavor, and the associated consequences like stunted height, stunted mental development, exposure to various other maladies undreamed of by the Thinner is the Winner medical establishment, and so forth.
Some more discussion on these topics is coming soon. Again, for all readers, if you’re interested in joining the Fat Liberation feed or displaying the feed on your site (a great way to keep up with non-Fatosphere bloggers like myself, AnnieMcPhee, limor, and others), please visit the tab at the top of this blog, or email me at big dot liberty at gmail dot com