It makes me so sad when people say things like this.
Love yourself. Fuck everyone else.
Thank you to those who participated in my survey. Here are some highlights from the “final thoughts” section that I really enjoyed. If you’d like to participate, click here.
- The media screws everything up. I want facts, not weight loss “miracles”
- Don’t care about fitting a standard, I just want to be as healthy as I can be.
- These studies are underpublicized and no one believes it even if the numbers are in front of them because their own trained disgust reflex at the larger than societally acceptable body gets in the way of any potential rational thought.
- I want to be perfectly beautiful.
- “Clean up your own backyard, Oh don’t you hand me none of your lines. Clean up your own backyard, You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine.” Elvis Motherfucking Presley
- People don’t actually understand the whole deal about health and weight. It’s too oversimplified and full of lies.
- Fuck the beauty industry.
- I wish more attention was paid to people’s minds and less to their bodies.
- I think using “healthy” as some sort of thing that must be achieved is really dismissive of the many things that can go sideways in the human body.
- Those with a “war on fat” have their targets set wrong, it should be a war on perpetual laziness concerning major facets of our lives.
- Everyone is beautiful but everyone also has the potential to be more healthy.
- Body image is a tricky thing. I know in my head that I am healthy and that according to most people, I am not fat. In comparison to the media, however, I feel like I’m enormous and unattractive. It’s so hard to balance all of the different messages being fired at us every day.
- It is not anyone’s obligation to be thin, pretty or healthy. When this becomes a major expectation and part of public discourse and decision making, it negatively affects a lot of people.
Conducting more research and looking for some new perspectives. Please reblog and spread the word!
Doing some preliminary word mapping, came up with the following themes to focus on for possible interactive installations to portray the messages I want to get across. Will be defining these messages more clearly once I decide on technology and visuals I want to pursue.
- fat hate
- health in relation to body size
- fear sells
- criticism of visual culture
- visual culture in general
- history of shaming in visual culture (advertising)
- ineffectiveness of dieting
- manufactured meanings via media attached to language (words fat/skinny)
- connotations (challenge connotative meanings of different words)
- unnecessary desires
- word reclamation/association
Feel free to suggest themes you feel I should cover.
Someone recently asked me what is the difference between the size acceptance and the fat acceptance movement, if they’re separate or are two faces of the same coin, and I was wondering how you would answer that question.
Hm, I would say on a basic level they’re the same thing, but FA puts emphasis on the acceptance and promotion of fat bodies which are more marginalised than thin ones, and kind of ignores thin bodies (not in a negative way, just in an “fat is our priority” way) whereas SA is a more general approach to respect forall shapes and sizes. So, they’re not really separate, FA is just a more specific area of SA :)
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A question I had as well, thank you for the clarification!