4.13.2011

#thingsfatpeoplearetold: Suggested Readings

I'm pretty sure most of my readers have already seen these other discussions of #thingsfatpeoplearetold, but they are so essential that I wanted to make sure.

Fat Heffalump has been leading the discussion on Twitter from day one and continues to promote it and contribute to it tirelessly. If you haven't read her thoughts on the discussion, you should. She discusses the catharsis she felt unpacking all the bullshit dumped on her as a fat person, why people should have noticed what was happening to fat people before this, and where we go from here. Awesome, action-provoking stuff.

Melissa McEwan over at Shakesville didn't just graciously host my own thoughts on the meme, but gave her own as well. She considers the strength seen in the fat people who put up with #thingsfatpeoplearetold and she's spot on.

Lastly, Maia at Alas, a Blog looks at a few different things to come out of the stores from #thingsfatpeoplearetold. The stories offer recognition and legitmacy to our own experiences, it reveals the systematic forces of fat hatred, and reminds us that we can work to change to change things.

If you have other discussions of the #thingsfatpeoplearetold meme, please share them in the comments. Thank you, as always, to everyone sharing their stories and experiences and to everyone sharing in those stories.

6 comments:

biomechanical923 said...

I'm new to this blog. I discovered it as referred from Shakesville. I don't have a twitter and I didn't want to create an account just to comment on one hash.

I had a college professor "correct" me on my weight. One day he pulled me aside and said something to the effect of, "You seem like a pretty smart guy, but you really need to find the source of the over-eating and get it under control". He basically told me that my academic achievement would mean nothing in the real world, because nobody is going to want to hire a fat person when they could hire a skinny person of equal skill.

I'm sure he thought he was "helping" me by divulging some "from one white man to another" secret. I didn't see it that way.

Raven said...

Just wanted to thank you for like the ten thousandth time for all of this. I can't even begin to unpack all of my feelings around it, but you're awesome, and I'm going to continue following (and contributing to) the tag forever and ever!

Anonymous said...

Brian, how do we get a transcript of the tweets from you? I could use it in my research. -- Lonie Mc.

Anonymous said...

Actually, that should be "Can we get a transcript?" I'm not awake yet. --Lonie

Brian said...

Send me an email. The link is on the side.

Sleepydumpling said...

It's been an intense week huh? Thanks for the signal boost, and most importantly, thanks for being part of it. ((hugs))

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