Lesley Kinzel of Fashionista just did an interview for an upbeat article on what acceptance of herself and her body means to her over at The Boston Globe. Apparently this was unacceptable to the general mob in comments.
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We've seen this. . . Well, so many times, it's starting to feel like some kind of twisted cliche.
People who are certain that Lesley cannot be happy. Obviously, because she's fat and fat people are incapable of being happy. This they know because, well, they know so much about being fat. And since they know what being fat is like, of course it would follow that she must be lying when she says that she's happy. 'But why would she lie about something like that?' you might ask, 'What would be the point?' *Whispers* The Fat Acceptance Conspiracy, of course!
See, because, in the eyes of some, we here in the Fatosphere are analogous to terrorist led by some kind of ethereally slippery-
-bearded fanatic. We are out to ruin the environment, waste resources, destroy the economy [via healthcare depletion. Diabolical indeed.], and make the future just, suck, with our mass non-bystander-involved suicide/martyrdom tactics. And that's before we finish shutting down world travel by blocking all forms of public transportation and air travel with our fat. Is it any wonder why they hate us so virulently? Fat people like Lesley Kinzel are obviously a menace to society.
Oddly enough, the tactics they seem so eager to use in order to. . . Change (Pursued? Outlaw? Eliminate?) us are more reminiscent of the Taliban than anyone else I can think of.
Goes towards my current theory (Which I'm sure has already been better conceived, thoroughly examined, and completely dissected by wiser heads elsewhere) that unreasoned, fanatical, righteousness conforms to reoccurring patterns. As does the fanatics desire to completely control all things in and outside their cultural confines or even the realms of their existence.
Lesley, like anyone over the agreed conceivable limit of human fatness (that would be 300lbs) is simply wrong. At over 300 pounds her refusal to be disabled is wrong, her experiences are wrong, everything she says is wrong, her life is wrong, her beliefs concerning how she should live her own life are wrong, so obviously her entire existence must be wrong. Because these things would be in direct contravention of everything they believe. She is living in denial of the prevailing dogma and must be chastised soundly. But the most heinous, the most depraved and evil, crime that she and fat people like her have committed. The infidel atrocity that those who speak of this 'Fat Acceptance' are guilty of, is the irresponsible example they set for those who would, should, MUST diet or they will, surely, die themselves. Fat Acceptance people who refuse to keep trying to become un-fat are forcing their ideals on those pathetic creatures who keep trying. . . And failing, but only because they haven't tried hard enough yet. Or their not doing it right. Or whatever. The important thing is that these scholars of conventional wisdom are aware of what really is. They know these things because the knowledge has been handed down to them, personally, by higher authorities. And like any good Teacher of unquestionable faith, they will make us learn what we obviously do not know by rote and cane.
The ignorance of it is almost as staggering as the assumption of it's righteous superiority. But that would be the point, wouldn't it? Why else go out of your way to categorically deny what someone else has conveyed as their own experience? Because it's dangerous?
Because it's unbelievable?
Because it makes you feel better?
Hmm. . . Well, that kinda makes it seem like Lesley isn't really the one with a problem.
Art of Noise / Peter Gunn