Ugh I am so glad this discussion is being had because it seems like the discussion about smaller fats vs. larger fats usually assumes a “larger fat” to be like a 20/22? And I’m like what about the rest of us? And the “rest of us” shouldn’t be a…
I’ve never heard this term ‘death fat’ before, it sounds so final, so hopeless. I like Gabriel’s term, fluffy. Also I like alterabled in place of disabled, its more accurate and respectful.
To quote the deathfatties tumblr:
“Deathfatty” was coined in thefatshionista Livejournal community and serves as a mantle for those who are categorised by the (rather daft and flawed) BMI chart as morbidly obese.
It’s a tongue-in-cheek term that some fatties choose to identify with as an alternate to “morbidly obese”.
To quote Leslie Kinzel:
1) Death fat is funny. It’s pointing out the ridiculousness of “morbid obesity” as determined by the BMI scale, considering this measurement marks not only Actual Fat People as in danger of being killed by numbers on a scale, but many athletes as well, simply because BMI works based only on height and weight and does not calculate for the types of tissue making up an allegedly-morbidly-obese body.
2)Death fat is funny.It’s highlighting that “morbid obesity” is an hilariously-overwrought turn of phrase*, particularly given the simple reality that not everyone who falls under this category is in imminent danger – or even long-term danger – of death by fat.
3) DEATH FAT IS FUNNY. Laughter relieves stress; for example, the stress of being a fat person who is routinely told – by an individual and/or by cultural discourse as a whole – that you are morally suspect, intellectually-inferior, physically-disgusting, and/or ultimately doomed to die (unlike, uh, everyone else). Dealing with the above is occasionally stressful even for me, and I have the good fortune to possess a healthy dose of criticism with which to process it.
Fat people are not fluffy. They are fat. They are allowed to identify with whatever words or phrases they think best label their experience.
Fluffy-versions of the term “disabled” like “alterabled” are actually not preferred or enforced by most people who LIVE with disabilities.
Are you deathfat? Are you disabled? No? Then best not try to dictate how these groups of people IDENTIFY THEMSELVES.
Our dance club president posted this video the other day, and it delighted me so much it nearly made me cry. As a big girl, one doesn’t tend to see many examples of performers who look like you on stage; much less those who are beautiful, talented, polished & wondermous, and who really do make you proud to be just what you are- a curvy lady… So this performance really hit home for me. :)
I love her exuberance, the sharpness of her movements, her expressions, and her animated, delightful energy. She has SUCH a sense of fun here, as well as awesome showmanship! Plus, she looks truly amazing & polished in her gorgeous red costume, and her whole countenance is vibrant & alive. ^_^ (Not tired and droopy- which are characteristics that can plague dancers of ALL sizes, but which may take a much greater toll on a big dancer’s performance; and give some unknowing audience members the idea that we’re all just worn out & lacking in overall stamina & energy.)
Plus the interplay between her and the drummer is a riot, and exactly like what I’ve been taught should exist between a dancer and his/her drummer. :) She connects with both audience and musicians, and that seriously rocks. ^_^
So what do you think of her work? Her appearance? I think she’s gorgeous, and as an example to other fluffy dancers everywhere, I find this video heartening & inspiring as hell. :) How ‘bout you?
Perfect commentary, really. All I can say is, I love this performance! I feel so much joy watching her dance. -Corinne
Second belly-dancing related thing I’ve reblogged today! I am in love.
My first reaction was: “I wish I could do that.”
I probably could, in my room or privately with some belly-dancing babes, but definitely not on stage - unless I somehow find the antidote to extreme performance anxiety.
I am completely mesmerized by her belly.