Thursday, 7 April 2016

Wishful Thinking

I sometimes find myself stuck between an appropriate level of offense and a certain pleasure tinged relief at a suppressed truth bursting forth. It all started with Glamour magazine's "Chic at Any Size" edition [see what they did there;-]

Amy Schumer appeared in a list of style inspirations with three other bigger contenders [let's get the body politics right here]. Melissa McCarthy, Adele and Ashley Graham. None of them were Gabourey or her size, so, clearly there were unspoken parameters.

This wasn't enough for AS though, she was offended at the mere possibility of inclusion with, whisper it (fatness). I can't find it in my heart to blame her. I suppose I sorta oughta, but I just feel well, she's just trying to dodge making a rod for her own back. She's the type that's walking a thin line [geddit] with her comedic persona.

No-one wants that kind of fire unless they're mentally prepared for it and she clearly isn't. What I like about it is the way this has exposed the not enough said fact of how many slim people think 'obese' is fatter than it is and more importantly (to them) that they are a lot slimmer than they are. It's about time these illusions were shattered as they're tiresomely intent to insist fatz don't know we're fat.

This kind of thing is called an unforced error in tennis.  All pretence of it not being upsetting enough to be deemed fat is exposed, if only briefly.


Schumer alluded to the old, what will young girls (isn't it always) think when they learn someone of her petitehood could be deemed "plus-size"? The extent of wishful thinking involved in "obese crisis" conography, springs to mind. 

This whole rackus is clearly amped up by oddly awol at times 'obese' crusade. When you poison the well of weight the way that insists on, it cannot stay within certain categorization/s. It bleeds out like an oil slick. Of course people are desperate to avoid being in touch distance with such. That however, isn't possible.

It can be easy to lose touch with just how terrified slim people are of anything related 'obese'/fat/overweight etc., They know what's being done to fat people and do not wish to be on the receiving end of any of it. This can be forgotten in the continual pretense of how little jeopardy fat people are in and how the unfailing courteousness of slim people is killing fat people with kindness.

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