The Militant Baker Marches On!

Anyone stumbling around the internet has probably seen the UN series underlining just how much misogyny ends up being typed in the search box of Google.

Anyone out of the know should just look up “women are” with Google and you’ll see why the UN proceeded to create this campaign.

In an effort to extend awareness on just how ubiquitous hate is on the internet, the Militant Baker has started her own, similar autocomplete campaign, and a lot of women have joined in by posting their own posters to her Facebook page.

The problem is that, as usual, weight stigma and weight-related bullying are not something that FB can be bothered to take seriously.

In fact, they have gone so far as to not allow Jes to promote images like the one below, based on the fact that they would garner “negative feedback.”

Well, hate garners a lot more than negative feedback, and speaking out against it, even if people disagree and want to rant about the “obesity epidemic” or get all defensive with the “a skinny people search blah blah blah” (what’s sad about that is Jes has never supported skinny shaming or any sort of body shaming, and that those people who jump on that bandwagon do so because they are trying to find something to be offended over instead of simply joining in the movement to improve everyone’s lives… it makes me sad when so much more can be done if people would check their egos at the door for a moment and actually READ) is something that we should all support.

Choosing to bully, insult, and discriminate against fat people based on one’s own perception that they are weak, stupid, lazy, unhealthy or whatever other Maria-Kang-esk “excuse” a person can latch on to is bigotry, pure and simple. It’s bigotry when it is done based on skin color, it is bigotry when it is based on religion, sexuality, ability, and any other “label” which people throw around to try to disconnect themselves from the rest of the human race.

We are all human. Please visit the links and help The Militant Baker spread the word.

In her words, kthx.

 

 

And in other news: The critical intent of the person behind the Porterville Proclamation

The critical intent of the person behind the Porterville Proclamation.

What’s sad is how horrible three of our city council members really are. Brian Ward, the council member mentioned in the story, sees this proclamation as an opportunity for the LGBT to promote themselves as a “special interest” and thus garner “special treatment.”

It’s sad when one group cries out “quit persecuting us” and that is considered special treatment.

What’s also sad is that before he even saw the statistics, council man Greg Shelton (not mentioned in the story) scoffed at them. Apparently the Center for Disease Control is some kind of liberally motivated gay-agenda pushing number mill, or so you might think as he scoffs and says “the numbers never lie.”

Well, I would pretty much think that the CDC IS pretty invested in NOT LYING with its numbers. But maybe he’s right. After all, culture does dictate the sort of things which are researched, and the way research is interpreted. So the higher prevalence of suicide amongst homosexuals is like the high prevalence of death by fat. Fat kills, and gays kill themselves because they are sinful, godless and deserve to die.

Obviously.

It is with the example that is Brock Neeley, Melissa McMurrey, my writing mentor Ann Marie Wagstaff, and may others of Porterville’s LGBT community who have stood up to proverbially say “we’re here, we’re queer, get over it”, that I first started speaking up. The truth is that homosexuality (I hate using that word, even if it is correct, because the right-winged Bible-thumping bigots turned it into a hateful slur that reverberated around the Porterville city council chambers) is like any other sexuality, inherent to a person. We are born the way we are born. It is written in our DNA and our blood. Being straight is no more special than being thin, and thus should not be a reason to be considered privileged by those parts of society who think the first amendment and the freedom we enjoy in the US must inherently MEAN that they are free to hate.

It’s been a week and while I may continue speaking out for the rights of the LGBT community of Porterville, but as for the town itself, it can go explicative itself. If this little dung hole wants to wallow in backwards bigotry, then let it have itself. Progress takes progressive minds, like mine. Educated minds. Open minds. And such things can’t exist in a hateful vacuum. Those who choose to hate others will find themselves in a town that is unable to maintain itself, because those who are young, intelligent and truly capable of being leaders of tomorrow will be gone.

And in other news … the plight of Porterville’s LGBT community

I am a serious LGBT ally. Anyone that disagrees with the notion that LGBT Americans are facing serious discrimination and deserve to be treated this way because they are “sinful” and thus second class citizens should really not be reading this blog. I may be all about the body, but the mistreatment I have faced has given me a strong capacity for empathy, and I not only can relate to this notion of “sin” I literally FEEL it along with those who suffer under this sort of stigma.

After all, I’m a glutton, didn’t you know? I’ve been feeling the burden of my deadly sin since Seven.

My hometown of Porterville, CA, has been balanced on a precipice since a Proclamation in recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month was given to a member of our LGBT community early in June. The backlash was direct and hateful and because the four men on our city council didn’t have a hand in deciding to sign it (it was signed by our Mayor, which is all that is required of a proclamation, which is a ceremonial document) they have decided to not only try to rescind it, change the rules by which proclamations are made, and replace it with a city resolution that is so wrapped up in religious-related terminology and non-specific “tolerance” that it is basically sugar-coated bigotry.

The original proclamation has been argued against by people who are tired of having to be “politically correct.” They don’t “hate” the “homosexuals” (strange how a technical term can sound so hateful when spoken by those who are filled with disdain for others) but obviously “homosexuals” don’t deserve special treatment and, because their issues are all about perverted sinful sex, these things should not be talked about in public. Sinners are sinners. The anti-political correct are tired of being told they have to be “tolerant” of these things.

Except, the proclamation, if rescinded, will more than likely be replaced with the biggest pile of politically correct BS that it its ridiculous. Political correctness at its worse renders every group so special that none can be discussed separately because everyone is a part of a big human group and any discussion of the trials and tribulations must be in terms of human.

This doesn’t celebrate diversity. It simply reduces diversity to catch phrases and jokes, instead of delving into the meat of humanity to study and appreciate, through close contemplation, the unique lessons that individuals must face and learn simply because of their differences.

Fat people should understand this. We are not given any particular “credit” for the trials we have to face. Instead, we are also told that we deserve to be hated because of our “lifestyle.”

Sadly enough, most of this city council were the same men that decided to openly support Prop. 8 in 2008. Now that it’s been struck down by the Supreme Court upholding a lower court’s decision that it is unconstitutional, one wonders how this is going to change the minds of the council.

I suspect it won’t. When confronted with the idea that you are simply wrong in the way you think about another group, most people hunker down and become belligerently intolerant. Just look at the reactions I’ve gotten from fat bigots. You call a person out for what they are, a bigot, and instead of people recognizing that yes, this is true, I am treating others disdainfully for no other reason than I THINK they are wrong for being the way they are, they recognize that YOU are attacking THEM for opinions that are biased and yet somehow MUST BE TRUE!

I don’t have faith in my city council. These men don’t represent the citizens of Porterville. Instead, they show their disdain again and again, not just with the action to rescind a ceremonial document, but the justifications they gave for this decision at the end of the last council meeting.

Apparently the pro-LGBT proc. side are being “hateful bigots” for telling these men that they are as backward and homophobic as their actions.

Who is truly the hateful bigot though? The man who is rightfully angry at being mistreated by others, or the man who must stand in defensiveness and disdain of others to protect his own biased ass?

There is no such thing as “gay marriage”… there is only marriage. There is no such thing as “gay rights” there are only “equal rights and protection for all citizens under the law.”

This is not being “politically correct”. Ensuring these civil rights are held by all is at the core of what it means to be American. Those who stand up and say that the “gays” don’t “deserve” these rights because the Bible says so are traitors to the United States, and should be held for treason.