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.

 

 

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Fatgenics… Society must “fix” me then ensure I don’t breed fat monsters

Once upon a time, there was a group of people who thought they could “breed” all sorts of “bad” genes out of their population. This idea, Eugenics, was eventually seen for the despicable bigotry it was.

We recognize that trying to “purify” society by literally getting rid of people (ie, killing off and then preventing any future birth of said people) with different skin color, different facial features, or a divergent sexuality is evil. Racism still exists, but there seems to be a growing number of people that are aware that “race” is a social construct and not really inherent differences between groups. Those who don’t recognize this only seem to have any real power via trolling on the internet.

Unfortunately, both science and society are sided when it comes to the issue of the horrible menace that is obesity.

Because of this, science is bound and determined to sort out the exact genetic reason why I am WRONG and, in doing so, create a pill or gene therapy or whatever which will “FIX” me and anyone else who may be like me, because we have “bad genetics.”

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It’s funny because’s its true…

And it’s also the best argument on why we should all be a “body positive” movement not a “fat acceptance movement”.

Anybody who knows of Gabriel Iglesias probably knows of one of his funniest routines:

And I say “fluffy” because that is the politically correct term, for those of you who don’t remember I used to say that there were Five Levels of Fatness. Reason why I say “Used to say” is because now there are six! Uh-huh, I met the new one in Las Cruces. The original five levels are Big, Healthy, Husky, Fluffy, and DAMN! People ask, “What could be bigger than DAMN!” The new level’s called “OH HELL NO!” What’s the difference? You’re still willing to work with level five. Example, if you’re on an elevator and you’re with your friend and this really big guy gets on and you and your friend look at each other and you’re like, “DAAAMN!” But you still let the big guy ride your elevator. That’s the difference. Level six, you see walking towards your elevator, [Deep growling noise] [Pretends to be a shocked passenger and starts pushing the “close door” button.] “OH HELL NO!” [Growl] “NO!!” [Growl] “NO!!” [Pretends to kick the fat man out] That’s the difference. The guy that I met was six-foot eight, six hundred and fourteen pounds. Uh-huh, OH HELL NO!! And he was offended at my show. Not by anything that I said, but because of the fact that now at the shows I started selling T-shirts and apparently, I didn’t have his size. Keep in mind, I go all the way up to 5X on the T-shirts and he was like, [Deep growling voice] “You don’t have my size.” I was like, “Dude, I didn’t know they MADE you! I have up to 5X, I don’t have [Growl] X!” A picture of a dinosaur on the back of the tag, you know? – From “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy.”

This bit cracked me up the first time I heard it and continues to crack me up. I have come across other women who hate the term “fluffy”, I guess because they’ve been referred to by that title. I really couldn’t give a crap myself. To each their own… But I am sure that I have come across and will continue to come across people who find this line of joke incorrigibly offensive.

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Quotables

Quotables

A thought for today, considering my mixed feelings about one of the subjects of Babriela Hasbun’s Fat. Fit. Fabulous! photo series (gabrielahasbun.com).

Mostly because I’ve had a taste of what “fat pride” means to others, and I must say, I’m not proud of those who claim to have this.

I will always be a little unhappy over the author of Fat!So?’s take on the gastric bypass surgery, which is so negative that it can only seek to stigmatize those members of the fat community who have had it.

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Even NPR can’t discuss the issue without resorting to the language of Stimga

Even NPR can’t discuss the issue without resorting to the language of stigma

It may be because I am a writer, but the biggest hurdle I see, almost on a daily basis now that I have started this blog and started following other blogs or pages devoted to feminism and body positivity, is language.

The words and argumentative structures by which the “obesity epidemic” or “obesity problem” or even “overweight issue” (whatever you want to call it) are all defined by the current power structures and the agenda of that power structure.

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Moving day at work

I had sort of wanted to blog, but hey, there comes a time when you have to work while at work.

I work for a community college. The fall semester will not start  for another month so things are slow.

The only problem with moving is it forces you to organize, which forces you to look through stuff… and you always find some scrap of something which could potentially be a trigger… today it was a brochure. How to avoid getting cancer. Eat right and don’t be fat were listed before smoking, which I found highly offensive. But you google ‘how does fat cause cancer and you can easily find some cancer foundation that will list a whole bunch of ‘mays’ … fat may produce this hormone or stop something else from functioning.

The problem I have with that is the problem I have in regards to so many fat-caused conditions: mainly that researchers draw false correlations between fat as a cause and conditions, instead of seeing fat as a co-occuring condition along with the other conditions, both caused by another circumstance.

The reason why this form of fat as cause and X as effect thinking is dangerous is because research based on this assumption will inherently miss the real issue.

Fat people are told so often to that it is how much they eat that is making them fat that society takes for granted that the quality of everyone’s diet, of late, has decreased dramatically to the point where what we ALL eat is very poor. Just because one doesn’t store fat doesn’t mean that one will not develop cancer if it os caused by something that is beong added to the food that everyone eats.

In other words, I see weight gain as being more similar to a food allergy, at its most basic level… two people can eat the same food, strawberries for instance, and one will be fine and the other will experience a change in their physical functioning. So too with certain foods. No two people ate alike, so no two people are going to be able to eat the same stuff, in the same quantities with the same results.

As I have said in previous blogs, research reduces, and reductive logic may work well for explaining other aspects of nature or mechanisms but its a poor system to use for people. Its even a poor system for animals. The more complex the brain of a creature is, the less predictable its actions will be, and thus the consequences  will be less predictable as well.

On terms of ‘what is the RIGHT diet’, the only sane one is: the one each individual discovers, through trial and error, which works for that individual.

Of course, there is no money to be made by anybody in just presenting the idea that an intelligent adult can figure it out on their own. Food, as a business, wants to jerk us back and forth, mess with our minds, and feed us things that leave us still wanting something else because there is no profit in just sustaining the human body.

I abhor any research or explanations that start with the supposition that fat is a cause because the ’cause’ of fat itself is difficult to pinpoint, is heavily dependent on the individual, and is overly stereotyped as an excessive diet rich in junk foods. Yet, even with that stereotype in place, and with all the abundant research that shows our bodies cannot function correctly on fast and junk foods, personal responsibility becomes the sandy foundation upon which all our thoughts, plans, and research into ‘obesity’ sits. Researching obesity as a symptom alongside cancer has the dangerous potential of shifting the blame onto the food industry. And if there is one thing McDonalds does not want to see, its the solid conclusion of science that either obesity or cancer OR both is the inevitable consequence of eating Big Macs and fries.  Such a conclusion, if the science community pushed it to the FDA as something that was necessary, like banning certain types of medications because they will inevitably will kill if taken, would cause us to address the issue of poor diet in the way it should be: through forcing food manufacturers to use high quality, organic or free range-raised ingredients,  cooked in a fashion that does not alter the nutritional value of the ingredients, and served in reasonable proportions, without additives. If the country placed the blame of poor health on industry instead of individuals, and regulated the hell out of fast and junk food production, based on the fact that processed foods cause disease (which we know is true) and thus should be banned, we would see a definite change in the health of everyone, not just those who are fat. If hamburgers were taxed like cigarettes and salads were dollar menu items, then it would be obvious that personal choice never was the right foundation to research and base conclusions on in terms of weight, because it would suddenly be easy and cheap for everyone to obtain a healthy meal.

And eat to stave off cancer, and diabetes, etc.

After all, our society may not have banned cigarettes or alcohol, but awareness of the consequences of these thongs has been heavily pushed, with positive results. Those same results will never be seen as long as society focuses on fat people in all ways, even when denouncing crap food. As long as fat stigma literally outweighs, across the board, fast food or junk food stigma, for everyone, regardless of weight, we will never ‘fix’ this problem.

There is no solution in a world that allows a vegetarian to sit and shovel french fries into her face while criticizing me on my diet because I am fat. Yes, this actually happened, and its a prime example of why I get so sick of being told that I am inhealthy.

Is it just me… or is this lawsuit more damaging to health than the product?

Is it just me or could the executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael F. Jacobson, be any more of a twat when he comments on Vitaminwater?

Is it necessary to start with the horribleness of weight gain and obesity in terms of the downside of Vitaminwater, when he could have, in fact, said “it causes diabetes and heart disease but has no health benefits”?

Wow. Look. I think I’ve just been stigmatized and I don’t even drink the crap!

That’s right… Mr. Jacobson has encouraged people, potentially overweight people, to sue for damages based on the fact that they’ve drank something that has “made them fat”. Because its sugar-water and we ALL know fat people are fat because they drink too much sugar-water. Never mind that this kind of cause-and-effect stereotyping of dieting and health habits does more harm to individual people than good (there are ways to argue against soft drinks WITHOUT jumping onto the “it makes you fat” bandwagon… mostly because soft drinks are enjoyed by people who are NOT fat, and so saying it makes you fat assumes that somehow those who do drink them and happen to not be fat don’t have the same sort of soda “problem” that fat people do… that skinny people are inherently less addicted, less out of control, less BAD because they don’t get fat drinking soda).

I just want to head-desk when I see stuff like this. Healthism is one of the biggest propaganda movements that has probably ever existed (in my opinion), because its so catchy and easy to jump onto the bandwagon with, regardless if whether you are fat or thin… everyone can be a joiner and rejoice that they are so much better, more virtuous, for promoting health! Two seconds before nit-picking me and other fat people, even fat joiners, to determine everything which is wrong with our personal habits.

My question: Why are the eating habits of the fat people so much more suspect than the JUST AS BAD eating habits of many thin people? And why are we the horribly stupid dupes that are made fat by Vitaminwater and other similar products? Why, I want to ask Mr. Jacobson, is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of the way in which Vitaminwater makes people “unhealthy” the fact that it makes them “fat?” I’d really like a good answer to that… mostly because I just know that whatever answer he gives will be tied to fat stigma.

And what’s sad is that so much is said and done because of “FAT” that the real issue is lost in the morass: Over consumption of sugar CAN make a person diabetic, regardless of how that change in the system may effect their weight gain. When we look at the issue of soda, “refined sugar causes diabetes” should be the focus… not “sugar causes fat.”

Not that I woulc encourage anyone to drink Vitaminwater. I’ve tried it and could tell off the bat that it is nasty, soda-esk stuff and not worth drinking, regardless of its supposed
“benefits”.

I believe that people shouldn’t really drink flavored waters, sodas or sports drinks, period, since there’s a perfectly good drink that exists beyond soda, juice, fancy water, and sports drinks… it’s called “water”. And I know that it may reveal me to be a hypocrite, but water really IS what I drink the most, followed closely by coffee with a bit of cream, and, ever since I became anemic, V8s. Trust me, I am hoping to get off the V8 just as soon as my doctor says that I have leveled out to a blood iron content high enough to be considered “normal”.

Anyone who really knows me knows I hydrate like a damn fish! So, I get tired of when people that don’t know me assume I must drink soda. Or give me a look because of my latte. Actually, I get super tired of other people’s attitudes toward what I eat, or what other fat people eat, or food in general. It makes me sick to think that our society is so FOCUSED on food, and yet I and other fatties are the ones being told that we HAVE THE PROBLEM. And those who tell us this find no irony in the fact that they can say this with a mouth full of diet soda, while driving down the road, listening to commercials for fast-food joints.

No, actually, I want to say to the naysayers, and the Mr. Jacobsons of this world, the whole of society has a problem with food, and with sugared drinks… and guess what, buddy, you are NOT helping with your crap lawsuit.

I know society has a problem. When you have two very skinny women bitching in the office across from yours about the fat content of a damn BelVita cracker, you know.

I get sick of the way our eating habits are twisted, manipulated, changed, encouraged/discouraged, stigmatized, or generalized based on the media jumping on board the health band wagon and telling us what we should eat… five seconds before cutting to a commercial for McDonald’s or Dairy Queen, which advertises all the stuff the news just told us WE SHOULDN’T EAT because it’s so unhealthy. I get tired of hearing at least two or three commercials for fast food joints on my to-work commute, and the same or more on my to-home commute.

And I get tired of seeing publications like Jezebel, which since it is so woman-focused and media-deconstructive, going against what they might consider their own grain and spreading Jacobsons’ message. Thanks, Jezebel.  Trust me, just because some expert is big on pointing to me and saying “sugar water effect, fat ass” doesn’t make it true.

In other words… why was it necessary to quote that man fully? Why not paraphrase him and focus on the real health problems of Vitaminwater? I am sure we can all agree that simplifying what he said to “this crap equals diabetes” is both true and not nearly as derogatory to the overweight as the assumption that fat itself is a bigger health issue than diabetes.

But, of course, it’s only when guys like Jacobson stop diverting attention and start saying that which is true, which is that soda has the potential to make EVERYONE sick in exactly the same sorts of ways, that we will begin to see true change. Until then, all I really want to say to skinnier people is this: Get over food! I don’t care what you ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. I don’t want to see the Instagram picture of your home cooked meal. GET OVER FOOD! Trust me, you aren’t helping anyone or anything by discussing how fattening a BelVita is!