Postmodernity: Constantly Inventing Ways to Make Satire Obsolete

The Jolly Pride movement gets larger than ever as a burgeoning battalion of female Stuart Smalleys demand everybody affirm them in their okayness.

No. Disordered appetites do not make one a worse sinner than anybody else (said the man who knows rather a lot about disordered appetites from personal experience.) But only postmodernity has invented the idiotic strategy of trying to get everybody to pretend that disordered appetites are some glorious thing worth celebrating. There are far worse things than shame, such as shamelessness and foolish pride. The way out of shame is love, who does indeed love you no matter your weight.  But it does not follow that obesity is good. Pride is the devil’s cheap substitute for love and love wants what is best for you.

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  • Speaking as an extra large person trying to do something about it – amen!

  • On the one hand, yes. Pretending that disordered appetites are some glorious thing worth celebrating is how many people deal with certain issues, and more than just the issue of being overweight. On the other, treating people as if they are second class is not good either, and I must admit I feel sympathy in light of the growing tendency to act as if overweight people need to use their own drinking fountains. There’s always that balance. A balance we never seem able to find.

    • Mark Shea

      Speaking as a Blimpy American myself, I think Chesterton is simply right when he acknowledges the price tag that goes with this form of disordered appetite: “To be fat is to be laughed at.” We Jollies should cowboy up and accept that and use it to help us change our ways, not demand that everybody else celebrate our blimpitude.

      • Laughing I can take, though that, too, has its limits. Depending on what’s being said. But as one who is closing in on being back to my preferred weight, I can say I feel sympathy for those who struggle, or those who by birth are simply large. Our society is not laughing at them. Our society is wanting to treat them as a class people that should be penalized for their condition.

  • Justin West

    So…is that a Guy or a Girl? I mean, the outfit seems “girl”-ish, but the [body] hair and ‘stache seem “guy”-ish…This is really going to bother me.

    • Kate

      My guess is a woman – and that the artist is influenced by knowing women with PCOS (or is a woman with PCOS herself). That would make sense, given that PCOS causes hirsutism as well as insulin resistance. It’s shitty to be an overweight woman with PCOS, because it is extremely difficult to lose weight without medical aid, and having to shave your face on top of everything else is pretty ego-shattering in a society that idolizes the airbrushed and insubstantial sex-bunny.

  • Beccolina

    Despite the “fat and Fierce” part of the graphic, I see this more as an expression of frustration than misplaced pride. The fact is that the push for low fat diets and the increase of processed foods with additives has caused many who are trying to eat healthy and lose weight to become undernourished and actually gain weight. The push for soy as a health food has led to an increase in thyroid problems (soy prevents the thyroid from working properly, and I don’t know about men, but soy milk and other soy products are heavily marketed to women as a healthy, low-fat alternative to meat and other animal products).
    Weight related bullying is quite common in schools, too. I’ve seen teachers engage in it, not just students.

    • Marthe Lépine

      Beccolina, you just said something I find very interesting. I just did not know that soy prevents the thyroid from working properly, but I just loathe tofu and other soy products and avoid them as much as possible. And I do have a lifelong problem with an underactive thyroid. Is it possible that, sometimes, my body would naturally react in such a negative way to something that is not good for me?

  • Ed the Roman

    What’s PCOS?, said a man too lazy to Google. 😉

  • The Next to Last Samurai

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome .Z