karaunscripted replied to your photo: “Fat” is an adjective - not an insult. »»…
Gee thanks for pointing that out, it never would have occurred to me otherwise. The word is a noun AND an adjective but that’s not the fucking point.
It’s about choosing to use the word “fat” as a word to DESCRIBE your body (as an adjective, obviously) without carrying with it all the negative connotations that are tied to the word. Bodies have fat, yes, but when I identify as fat and describe my body as fat, I should be able to do so without also inadvertently putting myself down.
I ended up modifying the message for print because all anyone ever does is point out the fact I left that out instead of considering that maybe I left it out for a reason.
Pro-tip: Definitely post things on the internet when you want everyone to get really weird about perceived messages and language. Damn.
Edit: Just noticed this is coming from a thinspo/fitspo blog, I don’t know I just saw a lot of body and health-shaming and then quickly exited the window. Figures.
I can’t believe how much asshattery you have to put up with. Why do people continue to think this is clever?
Fast times on the internet, ya’ll.
Asshattery is the perfect word for it, indeed.
It’s really just funny to see how people perceive things. It’s somewhat unrelated, but I’ve been getting a lot of comments lately from people telling me I don’t feature enough “thin” or “normal” bodies on my blog, when I actually do feature them from time to time - but they don’t represent my personal experiences and are not a priority for me, so I don’t naturally gravitate toward their plight.
I acknowledge people of all shapes and sizes have experiences with negative body image, of course - but the stigma surrounding fat bodies is so apparent and weight discrimination is so accepted that I feel it deserves some precedence. Fat bodies don’t have the same privileges thin ones have. It’s that simple.
And I mean, this blog accepts submissions on the daily - if someone doesn’t like what they’re seeing, why don’t they take the initiative to tell their story and shift the focus?