Some Images Have Been Taken From A Tread From @kenziebrenna Twitter Account.
Fat-phobic people don’t want fat people to loose weight.
Every time you open up a social media platform you can find fat people, particularly fat women, either minding their own business, or just trying to spread some body positivity.
And 99% of the time, where you see a fat women, you will find a fat-shamer.
Someone who thinks they have the right or reason to judge someone else and encroach upon their online space to make their unwanted views heard.
Take the new launch of Nike’s size inclusive range of sportswear.
This is an incredible achievement for Nike. A massive brand who really don’t need to bring in a bigger audience for financial gain. But here they are, creating work out gear for everyBODY.
But here is the base line.
Here are pieces of clothing directly created to allow women to feel confident and secure in high quality work out clothes. The social media imagery is females in the clothing, in a setting which can be indicative of being somewhere that is suitable to work out or being active.
This is, if anything, promoting a healthy lifestyle where bigger women can work out. Because now it is cool, it’s trendy, it’s fashionable, it’s inclusive.
But here are the comments. On every post I searched through, these comments, or something to this affect were there. These comments are from average people who feel this strongly; a hatred and resentment to females, and to fat people.
The majority seemed to be encouraging, kind, or at the very least neutral. But there was a vast amount of unkind, downright disgusting comments. Here lies a problem with social media. People hide behind screens and don’t have the social filter that is required with physical interaction. These people would probably never say these things to a fat person in real life! But then again, sadly, some would.
Thin, fat-phobic people don’t keep thin because of health (thin does not equal healthy) they stay thin, so the won’t be fat. Fat is bad, fat is judged, fat is the outsider.
Fat-phobic people don’t want fat people to lose weight. They want the exclusivity of thinness. They need the exclusivity of thinness to be able to find value for themselves in society.
They need to feel special, and a sense of ego building power from being able to partake in something that someone else can’t, like being able to buy a certain brand of clothing. One comment reads ‘This pig makes the rest of use who works hard for our body irrelevant’. The idea is that they want to be hailed for working out, so that they have a validation in judging someone who might not look like they do.
They don’t care about someones health. Health isn’t something anyone owes to the society they live in. Everyone lives by their own passions and priorities, if someones priority is health then so be it, but if someones priority isn’t health, then so be it.
Here is a clothing company allowing women to be part of the trend, to encourage women to go to the gym feeling fashionable. And people still aren’t seeing their own contradictions. Fat women are shamed and judged for not working out. But a company, and the women in the ad are still being shamed and judged for creating a space where women can work out. This isn’t about health. This is about thin fat-phobic people feeling scared that the ‘thinness = valued member of society’ mentally is under threat.
Body positvity and size inclusion threatens thinness and it’s validity in society. The pedestal that thinness has been placed upon is being broken down by body positivity. If thinness wasn’t to be celebrated anymore, what would some people do. If an Instagram post couldn’t gain thousands of likes purely on the thinness of the subject then how would people adapt and present themselves?
The idea that they fit a social ideal, that they can look at a photo in a media advertisement and align themselves with the oppressive image because of a shared Body Mass Index or waist size. Does that mean they are good? Or special? No.
What would happen if tomorrow there was no body insecurity. Everything was created for everyone, and everyBODY was equal. Would people start to resent the hours at the gym? The food they said no to but wanted to eat. The drinks that they refused because #emptycalories. It’s okay to prioritise health, but no one is better than someone else because of that. If everyone were to start losing weight, being thin, would thin people who revel in their thinness be happy. NO. Because fat-phobic thin people need fat people to make themselves feel better.
It has never been about a fear of someones individual health, healthcare systems, or promoting obesity to children.
It has always been about bullying. Small people with insecurities, being mean to make themselves feel better. Insecurities, thinly veiled as concern, hidden behind keyboards. There is no concern. There is no kindness.
Nike have taken an amazing step forward. It promotes a lifestyle where bigger woman can find a comfort and inclusion in taking physical exercise. I truly hope more companies will ignore the hate and follow suit.