Why FA exists

Some people wonder why all the fat bloggers are here, day in and day out, blogging about fat acceptance.

I mean, if the fat people would just shut up and spend some time following the dictates of modern medical science, and lose some weight already, surely we’d have no reason to be so outraged over society having such an issue about our collective fat bodies.

Today, I’d like to move away from the medical and health side of the fat debate. Not enough time is spent on the social side of the fat debate.  How does society really perceive fat people? What do people think of us? The internet affords people a lot of anonymity. I’ll be writing on that in a short while. Because of that anonymity, people often say and do things online they may not feel as comfortable doing in real life, but it allows people to express what they really feel.

A series of blogs on weight loss surgery in children — stomach stapling — over at She Dances on the Sand received a series of very vitriolic and vile comments recently. Stomach stapling is a pretty serious surgery: among adults, it is life threatening, leads to a permanent reduction in your daily intake of food, an inability to absorb nutrients, potential daily vomiting and diarrhea, among a whole other host of ailments. To subject a child to that is pretty drastic and I’d say damn abusive.

The comments went completely off-topic and were, well, shocking:

Ozfugly. You got gored by a boar? Are you sure it wasn’t trying to mate with you since you look like a pig?

Just a thought.

Fuck you all.

I’m against rape. Unless it’s obese women. How else are they going to get sweet, sweet, cock? Too be honest, obese women who have been victims of rape have reported that the rapist wasn’t able to penetrate their vaginas. There was to much gunt in the way. The rapist had to settle with fucking one of their many folds.

caseyatthebat- Thank you for your concern regarding my bowel movements! As a matter of fact, I just took a long stinky dump. It looked like Kate Harding! How awesome! What’s it like being obese? I wouldn’t know. I’m a size 2. and that feels great!

I’d like to hide behind my intellectual superiority and point out the grammatical and spelling errors, but quite frankly I feel too shocked to bother. This is how the public, at least some of them, sees fat people, fat women, in particular: As object worthy to be raped because how else would they ever get to experience the sweet, sweet cock?

Even worse, the public feels so offended by our bodies that they can’t even imagine raping us as they would thin women, e.g. forcibly penetrating our vaginas. No. They actually would RAPE OUR FAT. Our bodies are that offensive that they would commit an act of power and violence against what they perceive to be the most offensive and rule-breaking part of us.

Wow. I don’t know which is worse, really. The threat of rape itself, or that I’ve now just been so dehumanized someone would rape my fat. Someone would actually threaten to penetrate the folds of my body because I am actually that disgusting. Someone actually doesn’t even view my fat as a part of ME, they see it as outside of ME, and therefore can justify committing violence against it because if it is outside of ME, it isn’t human. I am less than human.

This is why FA exists. Because of people like the commenters above. Discrimination against fat people isn’t just about going to your doctor and having them be a douche and push some stupid diet down your throat, which is an important component, yes, but not the only one. It is also about people seeing us as less than them, less than, well, people. Less than people enough that they can justify committing acts of violence against us. The proof is right there.



  1. meowser said,

    March 19, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Oh yeah, the “rape as compliment” thing. Gah. I don’t blame Rio for moderating comments. One thing I try to remember about assclowns like that is that there is literally no pleasing them. If we were all thin they’d start in on something else.

  2. peggynature said,

    March 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    This is utterly disgusting. And pretty damn revealing.

  3. Piffle said,

    March 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Some people will hate others for no reason at all. I think a lot of these type of trolls simply lack the maturity and imagination to realize that other people actually exist. They live in some symbolic, solipsistic world where only they are real. It shows very strongly in the person who cannot imagine what being larger than a size two would be like.

    They’re cripples really.

  4. thoughtracer said,

    March 19, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Pfiffle. I do agree with you. Just one thing. As much as I hate to be the PC police, I am opposed to the word cripple … working with folks with disabilities, and all. 🙂

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