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fat acceptance censorshipWhen I speak about Fat Acceptance I can not pretend that I am speaking for each and every person who takes “Health At Every Size” to heart. I am sure there are exceptions. Discussions about Fat Acceptance have to be done in general terms. My generalizations come from my years of reading fat acceptance blogs, and the experiences of others who had the misfortune of dealing with this angry internet mob. Anyone who has had an intellectual “run in” with fat bloggers will tell you that they absolutely positively can not tolerate differing opinions.

On their own turf, the FA blogs, the thought police are always on patrol, in a fashion that Stalin would be proud of. It begins with name calling and public humiliation. Kate Harding is an expert at creating new derivatives of foul words to insult those that would dare to disagree with her. Her favorites seem to be “Fucktard” and “douchehound“. Wow, how creative, I see she is putting her graduate degree to good use. After the public verbal thrashing she bans them. Fat bloggers have no use for someone that might have an independent thought once in a while. The comment sections are for loud “AMENS” only. Please look at Kate Harding’s rules for comments, this has to be the most Byzantine set of rules for blog comments EVER!

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Chloe Marshall Is a Real Woman

Since the world found out that Chloe Marshall would be a candidate in the Miss England beauty competition there has been quite a stir. For those of you who don’t know, Chloe is a 17 year old plus sized model who is 5′ 10″ and weighs a 176 lbs. None are prouder and more defensive of her success than the members of the Fat Acceptance crowd. With Miss Marshall’s pictures in the news the Fatosphere has once again begun crowing about the virtues of Real Women.

This Real Woman nomenclature begs a whole host of questions. First what exactly is a Real Woman? Does this make all other women inferior? Finally, if there are Real Women, what is a Real Man? Even though the answers can’t be found spelled out concisely in thousands and thousands of Fat Acceptance Blogs some hints can be found. Reading them, as I dreadfully have to do, some clues can be found in subtle innuendo, and others through intentional omission.

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Delusions of persecution – a delusion (common in paranoia) that others are out to get you and frustrate and embarrass you or inflict suffering on you; a complicated conspiracy is frequently imagined

Breaking it down further,

Delusion – an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary. People are out to “inflict suffering on you”.

When Massachusetts began considering making discrimination based on body weight illegal the internet and the blog-o-sphere was inundated with articles and posts confirming just how terrible it is to be a fat person in America. To the Fat-o-sphere, being a fat person is akin to being a black person in the “Jim Crow” era south.

Fat discrimination we are told is completely out of control. Some even claim it is at an all time high in frequency. Yet, the best evidence that can be mustered are anecdotal experiences of “turned down” fat people going to job interviews, as if this qualifies as real proof of discrimination. Generally speaking a rejected applicant almost always is incorrect in figuring out why he or she didn’t get a job. Let’s get realistic here in all likelihood the person doing the interview, statistically speaking, is overweight.

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