Fatphobia on the Internet

Some people just really have no life. It’s shameful and sad that anyone could devote that much energy to hate.

Fierce, Freethinking Fatties

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Trigger warning: Discussion of fatphobic trolls.

This is the third and final guest post by Dow Jones, our latest blogging candidate. You can read the first two here and here. Then you can vote on her inclusion here.

It is no secret that fat hatred and fatphobia are prevalent in society and online. In my last blog post, “The Religion of Weight Loss,” I discussed the evangelical approach undertaken by trolls on the Twitter hashtag #notyourgoodfatty. Here, I will be discussing the broader aspect of fatphobia as seen throughout the internet and how it reflects society’s attitude against fat folks, as seen on sites like Youtube, Facebook, reddit and any news article or message boards where obesity is being discussed.

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Why would you do that?

There was an elderly woman in front of me at the checkout line yesterday, probably in her late sixties. She was practically apologizing to both the cashier and to me for purchasing the black walnut ice cream.
“I know I need to lose weight,” she said, “but I just can’t resist the black walnut ice cream.”
“Go for it,” I said.
I had to resist the urge to scream “for fucks sake, Woman, you are in your senior years. Stop worrying about being society’s ideal and live your life!”

Fierce, Freethinking Fatties

Team Gnomercy

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My husband, Conall, is an ally in my self-acceptance. He has never once bugged me about my weight. Back when I was still on the diet roller coaster, he accepted my attempts at losing weight as my choice, but he’s always loved me at whatever weight I’ve been.

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