You’ve probably seen a version of this story in the news: a fat person is publicly shamed, becomes “motivated” to lose weight then shares his/her “secret”. Or, like Shauna Arocho, are fat shamed but vigorously defended because they’re in the process of losing weight. While I respect people’s choices to do with their bodies as they… Continue reading Jamie Lopez – Being the Change
When celebrities… or even regular, every day people… lose weight, it becomes a news-worthy event. Media outlets rush to get the “secrets” and “tips” and gush over how so-and-so looks “amazing” and is “an inspiration” after dropping X amount of pounds. What’s ironic is how those same media outlets will post body positive stories about… Continue reading And in Other News…
As some of you know, I’ve had this blog for a few years. Apparently it’s been under the radar because I’ve had no negative comments… unless you count the “but being fat is unhealthy!” responses. I don’t because they’ve been sincere and respectful even though my health is no one’s business except mine and my… Continue reading Don’t Feed the Trolls
This “F-U” goes out to my (now former) cardiologist, who I will refer to as Dr. AM. For the record, I was referred to him due to occasional shortness of breath which also happens to be a side effect of medication I was taking. I should mention that he has a very pleasant Spanish accent.… Continue reading Stress (Test) and Fat Shaming
This past Saturday I spent the night at a local hospital’s sleep center for a study because it’s been a long time since I’ve had a good night’s rest. My doctor wanted to know whether I have sleep apnea, a disorder in which one’s breathing stops or becomes shallow while asleep. That’s where I met… Continue reading Concern Trolling Is Not Your Job
So this happened today: On my way to work, a man yelled at me “Holy shit, you’re so FAT!” I smiled at him and replied “Yes, I am and thank you for noticing. You’re so sweet!” My reaction was apparently not what he expected because he appeared confused and muttered something that sounded like “buy… Continue reading Not Without My Consent
You probably heard or read about Rachel Taylor and her experience at Old Navy. This is from the post she left on their Facebook page along with her picture: Today I was shopping in Old Navy, standing in between a teenage girl and her mom. The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it… Continue reading Body Shaming? Maybe Not
Recently Madame Noire Magazine asked the question WHY IS MELISSA MCCARTHY THE FACE OF BODY POSITIVITY AND NOT GABOUREY SIDIBE? It’s a fair question and I’m going to hazard my own guess. Melissa’s good fatty to Gabourey’s unapologetic fatty makes for better Hollywood stories. Society and the media love fat people as long as they’re… Continue reading Why Isn’t Gabourey Sidibe the Face of Body Positivity?
After it seemed that Winter would never end, Spring has finally arrived… YAY! With it comes the shedding of coats, jackets, sweater and all manners of clothing behind which bodies have been hidden. Unfortunately, with it also comes the body shaming. From Facebook posts, Instagram photos and endless articles on how to hide one’s “flaws”,… Continue reading It is Brave
I’ll make this short and sweet. It’s that time of the year again. After the merriment of the holidays, we’re bombarded with ads telling us that we need to change our bodies to become sexier, attractive and desirable. In other words, our current physiques aren’t acceptable… we need to reduce and mold them beginning on… Continue reading New Year, New You? Heck No!