Category Fat Shaming

Fat Wallet

Fat America: Profiting off the Majority-Minority

A fundamental pillar of body diversity activism is the concept that fat people are a persecuted minority in this country. Statistically, people classified as “overweight” actually make up over two-thirds of the population. That means we can’t be considered as a minority, right? Wrong. This statistical discrepancy is used as fuel to discredit the body acceptance […]

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Jokey the Beagle goes on a Diet

Jokey the Beagle was big. Jokey the Beagle was fat. The vet said that Jokey was too big and too fat. Jokey needed to go on a diet.

Don’t worry readers! We haven’t forgotten you!

The Fat Word has been on a temporary hiatus to investigate new ways to garner support for the cause through cross promotion and public speaking. In the meantime, stay tuned for new content featuring childhood body image and stereotyping from a young age.

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Growing Straw Men in a Field of False Equivalence: Conflating HAES with Fat Acceptance

The fat acceptance debate is one fraught with logical fallacies. People who don’t support fat acceptance cite a variety of reasons. Fat is ugly. Being fat can’t be healthy. Fat people use up a disproportionate amount of resources. Accepting fat people is acknowledging fat is okay. The list goes on. Health at Every Size is […]

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The Acceptance Gap: Partners

Continued from The Acceptance Gap: Friends Definition of THE ACCEPTANCE GAP When personal and familial duties coexist with a lack of understanding and acceptance of who someone is as a person. This results in someone putting up with being judged, derided, or demeaned in the name of keeping the peace and maintaining the relationship. We have compiled vignettes submitted by readers. These […]

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The Acceptance Gap: Friends

Continued from The Acceptance Gap: Families Definition of THE ACCEPTANCE GAP When personal and familial duties coexist with a lack of understanding and acceptance of who someone is as a person. This results in someone putting up with being judged, derided, or demeaned in the name of keeping the peace and maintaining the relationship. We have compiled vignettes submitted by readers. […]

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The Acceptance Gap: Families

Some of you may be familiar with our recent anonymous poll asking one question: Describe an experience or conflict where someone close to you didn’t support/understand the fat acceptance/body positivity movement. The purpose? Create an outlet for those who have complicated relationships with other people who do not support or understand the fat acceptance movement. […]

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Tearin’ up the Comments Section

So many people don’t read the comments. They want to stay out of the way, or don’t think they need to weigh in on important issues that impact everyone. That being said, there are some who DO engage, not just to troll, but to educate. Watch my friend Danica unleash the fury in a Facebook post […]

Louis CK, I Love You With All of My Big Fat Heart

My husband left me a message last night because he knew I was getting up before him, telling me to watch the new episode of Louie because it was written just for my blog. In it, Louie is romantically pursued by a fat lady played by the amazing Sarah Baker. At one point, she mentions that she’s […]

Reliably, Dr. Douchebag Keeps on Douching

While standing in line at Fred Meyer this weekend, I made the common mistake of looking around. As my eyes scanned the impulse magazine stand, I saw something that gave me the impulse to flip over my grocery cart and Fat-Hulk through the store terrorizing patrons and throwing bottles of Slim Fast into displays of Smart Ones […]

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Rompers, Judgment, and Hypocrisy: Wear Whatever the Hell You Want

I used to be very judgmental of women for what they wore: You’re dressing too young. You aren’t a little girl. You don’t look professional. No one will take you seriously. Those leggings aren’t doing anything for your figure. That shirt looks trashy; it’s way too tight. Don’t you think those heels are a little […]

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My Ass is Not a Microaggression

Due to unforeseen car trouble, I have been riding the bus all week to and from my various jobs. On the way home yesterday, I found myself a seat on the bench on the back of the bus next to a man dressed as a cowboy. I sat down in my seat, and he moved […]

Skankles are what you get when you become a fat whore, be careful.

My Skankles, My Rules

Fat whore. Slutty cow. Fat-ass scag. Skanky hambeast. Flabby cum dumpster. Hoochie heifer. These pejoratives slide right off the tongue as if coated with bacon-flavored lube. Every seasoned heckler and troll has an entire pocket dimension dedicated to these and similar slurs for use in the Comments Section of any given website. I am disappointed that such creative and nimble phraseology […]

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Mindy Kaling challenges the Fat Sea Monster

A reader and old friend of mine recently asked for my feedback on a clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live featuring Mindy Kaling. She was fresh from an interview with Vogue where she talked about not needing or wanting to be skinny. She and Jimmy discussed the article, and the feedback she’s received since. She made a […]

URGENT! Fat Filmmaker Being Harassed by Haters

Originally posted on Dances With Fat:
Lindsey Averill is in the process of co-creating the documentary “Fattitude:  A Body Positive Documentary” which the kickstarter page describes as “A feature-length documentary that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice, and then offers an alternative way of thinking.”  She is working to crowdfund the project and has…

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The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part Three: F.A. Confidential

The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part Two: Too Fat, Didn’t Read, focused on the opinions of those who oppose Fat Acceptance, culled from +150 submissions I received based on a questionnaire written by supporters of Fat Acceptance. What happened when I provided a similar questionnaire to FA supporters, written by those who oppose their beliefs? Firstly, […]

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The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part 2: Too Fat, Didn’t Read

As I learned in The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part 1: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stonewalling, the mere idea that the opposing sides of the Fat Acceptance movement could have a productive, positive discussion was dismissed out of hand by most parties involved. Still, I persevered and compiled a list of questions […]

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The Fat Acceptance Fight, Part One: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stonewalling

This piece was originally supposed to be an examination of opinions. It began as nagging thoughts resulting from my Adventures on Reddit and an exchange on Facebook regarding something I wrote about a Jezebel article. Here are some comments from Reddit about my Reddit article: Comments on Facebook about the Jezebel article: Both of these encounters left a bad […]

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What questions do you want to ask those opposed to the body positivity movement?

I am writing an article trying to address both sides of the body acceptance issue without requiring any direct confrontation between those involved. My goal is to shape an academic discussion free of logical fallacies. I first need a list of questions from those supporting fat acceptance/body positivity that they would like to see answered by […]

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Fat Tropes: Stupidity

“Fat” has a lot of negative connotations: lazy, gluttonous, slothful, helpless, ugly. One of the worst, most damaging associations is the idea that fat people are stupid. This stereotype is prolific throughout popular culture, reinforced under the guise of “humor” and “life lessons”. Homer Simpson: Homer Simpson is the quintessential stupid fat character. He makes decisions […]

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