i’m glad you asked this question. I could only watch about 10 minutes of it before I was so disgusted I had to turn it off.
It was just a play on the same old sad stereotypes of ‘fat is unhealthy’, ‘fat is lazy’ ‘fat is disgusting’ etc. etc. etc. And it’s disappointing because South Park usually has really good commentary on popular culture.
You know what, I APPLAUD Honey Boo Boo and her family. They’re not your typical ‘attractive’ family, but they obviously love each other and they’re happy. That counts for a lot more than their education level or their weight.
- The obesity epidemic is a lie. Obesity rates have stayed the same, and in some places even dropped, since 2000.
- ‘Obesity’ is judged by BMI, which is an invalid measure of health. Even the creator of BMI himself never wanted it to be used as a measure of health.
- In 1998, the guidelines for BMI were changed. Millions of people went to bed one night being ‘normal’, and woke up ‘overweight’ according to the new standards. So all the reports you hear of, about how people are getting fatter and fatter, is actually the definition of what ‘fat’ is changing.
Fat people have no shame? Fat people have no shame? Has anyone who created that episode EVER spoken to a fat person? ANY fat person, any chubby person, hell, the majority of ‘average’ people have been ‘shamed’ for being too fat. They’ve been told over and over that they’re lazy, ugly, no one will ever love them, they’ll never get a good job, they don’t deserve nice clothes, I could go on forever.
Fat people don’t ask for special treatment, as this episode depicts. Fat people ask for equal treatment. To have the ability to do the same things normal people do. Like being comfortable in a movie theatre, or to be able to go on an airplane without paying double. Or even more importantly, having GOOD and complete healthcare that doesn’t consist of ‘just lose weight and all your health problems will go away.’ That’s not having no shame.
There is a problem in this country, I’m not denying that. People aren’t eating well enough. People aren’t exercising enough. But you know what, that goes for thin people too. There are millions of thin people who eat junk, are sedentary, and end up with the same diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, etc. that the medical community likes to pretend only fat people can get. (Fun fact, 75% of obese people never get diabetes.)
The problem is not fat. The problem is lack of access to healthy food and exercise. THAT’S what needs to be fixed. And not by programs like Let’s Move!, which was funded by a 13.6% cut to the SNAP (food stamp) program, which means that low-income families, which are already proven to be more likely to be obese, are even less able to afford healthful food.
It’s a much, much bigger problem than the size of someone’s jeans. Regardless of someone’s size or health, NO ONE should be shamed like that. Not your body? Not your business. I’m really, really disappointed that South Park couldn’t do better.
This is also important because a lot of sexual resources don’t account for the fact that sometimes fat people cannot easily get their bodies into certain positions - the answer to this is not to condemn them for their body types, but rather to advocate other options such as the use of pillows for support, alternate sexual positions that are easier to get into with a large belly, etc.
Anyone who tells me that my double chin, jelly belly, thunder thighs, stretch marked body, can’t wear horizontal stripes is clearly wrong. Don’t feel the need to flatter people with what you wear or do, period. If you like your crop top that shows your belly: wear it. If you like your pencil skirt that shows your vbo: wear it. No one should have to walk around, spending their days wondering what is appropriate to other people. People will knit-pick everything about you. They’ll find a reason to snicker behind your back regardless of what you do, or what you wear. So why not wear things that empower you? That make you feel beautiful? That make you feel attractive, or sexy? Do things for yourself. Love yourself. And realize that your body is the most beautiful thing. It’s resilient. It overcomes. It brings you pleasure, joy, happiness. It mends. It scars. It struggles. It lives. It’s completely and utterly amazing. Never allow someone else to ever make you feel badly about it. You don’t owe your attractiveness to anyone but yourself
Loving this manifesto and confidence.
- Reblogged from fuckyeahchubbygirls
“Fat acceptance” blogs urging overweight people to shed negative feelings about their body image can lead to healthier diet and exercise choices, a study has found.
The fat acceptance movement, which seeks to foster a support network among…
A fascinating study that should help debunk the frequently parried criticisms of fat acceptance as “promoting obesity” and “risking health”:
“People shifted their focus away from weight loss and more toward health. A lot of people started to take part in physical activity not as a way to lose weight but because they enjoyed it. Instead of pounding it out on the treadmill they start playing with their kids. It’s actually a massive shift in the way they looked at things.”
Shifting the focus away from restricting food and toward listening to the body’s needs could also lead to better food choices, said Dr Thomas.
“There are actually a lot of lessons for public health here,” she said.
So…we don’t want to take anything away from both of these bodies, who are in fact beautiful.
But what is the point of a comparison picture like this when both of the bodies pictured look virtually the same? (One has a tiny bit less fat, yes, but honestly).
Really can’t figure out if this is supposed to be a parody picture (in which case they didn’t do a very good job) or if it is just misguided enough to assume that these two skinny white body types represent something that is supposed to give “beauty inspiration” to those with bodies who look NOTHING like EITHER of these.
- Reblogged from eveningwitheldiablo-deactivated
This blog (NakedBrownFolk.tumblr.com) is a place that People of Color can come to embrace and share their naked bodies.
I am a 19 year old Latina. I created this blog because I wasn’t seeing enough POC within the body positive blog community. This is intended to give POC confidence within their body and it’s color without having to stand nearly alone in a crowd of white body submissions. I wanted to create something for POC by POC.
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Mixed messages from the media. This week’s issues of UK’s celebrity gossip magazine Now and its sister magazine Now: Celebrity Diet both feature celebrity Abbey, with the left cover branding her “scary skinny” and “shocking” and claiming “girls are starving themselves to look like her”, while the right cover promises to reveal the “bikini body secrets” and “diet & fitness tricks” that’ll give you a body like hers.
Celebrity and fashion magazines have made a lucrative industry out of persuading people that regardless of what they look like, it’s still “not enough”. The conflicting captions on these two magazines should illustrate nicely exactly how much these corporations don’t care at all about the content they’re putting out.
Game Of Thrones fans - here’s Brienne of Tarth in all her glory. They might not have found her 6’3 frame to be beautiful in Westeros, but we think she’s gorgeous.