When evaluating what “too fat” might mean, it’s important to keep things concrete. Hence this post.
So I thought I’d revisit the format of Part 1 of Why Do Women Wear Revealing Clothes? Which is to say, make a list of things that range from commonsense to quirky/subversive, only this time the topic is fatness.
Here’s a list of things that fat people can do:
- Do yoga
- Do pole dance
- Be a politician
- Be a parent
- Be a professor
- Be a religious leader
- Be a scientist
- Be an activist
- Be a sex educator/coach
- Be a photographer
- Be, well, just about anything
In the case of activities, careers, and other things I didn’t list, well, there are probably people of all sizes who are capable of doing them – but social bias makes it less likely to happen. With a lack of role models as well as the stigma of being fat, there are a number of negative scripts and messages impacting folks who might give it a try.
What do you think? What did I miss?