Thanks for writing such a classic piece of hate-mongering this week! I appreciate that you took time away from your important work (telling readers of the Daily Mail whether older women should have long hair) to chide young fat women for enjoying their vacation. Which — gasp! — included wearing clothes suitable for summer weather.
- Fat = unattractive. Translation: "I'm incapable of looking away!"
- Death threats. Translation: "You're fat and you're gonna die. I mean, I wish you would die."
- But don't get an eating disorder. Translation: "Don't take my fat-hating harangues personally, thin girls. Why not? Because I said so. There, no harm done."
- Mother-blaming. Translation: "We can't possibly trust people to feed themselves. My weight bigotry is your mother's fault. She didn't force enough lightly steamed vegetables." This from the "Femail" columnist?
- McDonald's is evil and fat people are lazy gluttons. Translation: "Look at me! I had salad for lunch and I'm thin!"
- I'm proud of my weight bigotry! Translation: "Hate is love. Orwell said so."
Why are today's young people so unashamed about being fat? Because, Weight Bigot, rad fatty community is fighting you…and you're helping us win.
Without ugly rants like yours, Weight Bigot, fat activism and weight diversity resources would still be desperately needed…just not quite as obviously so. If you weren't such a turn-off for readers of all sizes, they might not find Ragen Chastain's excellent "Unapologetically Fat" or Melissa McEwan's on-point analysis, or my little thank you note instead. Just think, a human resources manager or a campus events coordinator or an eating disorders conference planner might this very moment be reading your screed and feel inspired to Google for a weight diversity speaker. The next time you stop by the Weight Bigots Clubhouse, would you please let the other members know how very much I appreciate it when you remove the smiley-face masks and show your hate faces? It makes my work go faster. Thanks!
Love - Marilyn Wann, fat girl