So Much Guardian, Wow!

By using this woman’s body to speak for her unique history and experience, it is intimated that obesity is the fault of the individual, rather than an indicator of intersections of poverty and class, genetics, medical issues and psychology. The body, taken completely out of context, becomes dehumanised. Such portrayals can only intensify the pathologising of the plump, fuelling prejudice of a growing number of people. This programme is pure spectacle. If Obesity: The Post Mortem reveals anything, it’s that even in death, the obese are not free from gratuitous fat-shaming.

22 thoughts on “So Much Guardian, Wow!”

  1. I’m disappointed that Helen Archer is using her newfound freedom to write such gibberish. I’m starting to wish Rob had died and she’d gone away for life

  2. Marxists need to feel they are in the grip of inexorable forces to excuse how pathetic they are. I am overweight. This is my fault. Not society’s. Certainly not genetics’ (how can anything be the ‘fault’ of a random event?) If I decide to lose weight, I shall eat less and exercise more. I won’t blame anyone. I have agency. Flabby femiloons do not, apparently.

  3. @BiCR

    Flabby femiloons do not have agency because of fat shaming and patriarchy.

    (Seriously, does anyone else feel like women had more power and agency back in the 1950’s before feminism? Back before all the whining and micro aggressions and stuff)

  4. John Square: “Seriously, does anyone else feel like women had more power and agency back in the 1950’s before feminism?”

    Maybe after the first wave of feminism, back in the late Seventies. That’s when it seemed to all start heading downhill rapidly…

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    It is not gratuitous. Fat people impose a cost on the rest of us. We have to look at them. And deal with their issues. Still it is hard to do much except accept it as a cost of living in a liberal society.

    However you can’t shame the dead. They are dead. You can only warn the young. Which is, it seems, government policy. How can you do that without saying “Oh my God, so gross, don’t eat so much”?

  6. Maybe after the first wave of feminism, back in the late Seventies.

    The first wave feminists, people like Christina Hoff Summers, had a point: they didn’t want to be protected from the world, their whole campaign was that they are tough enough to hack it. Which is why they are so opposed to this third wave shite demanding safe spaces, etc. I have no idea what second wave feminism was.

  7. Conversation from last week:
    Me: I’d be more liberal than socialist
    Them: Neoliberalism! But look at the States, 80% of their population go hungry!
    Me: What?! How come so many of them are obese then?
    Them: But that’s McDonald’s fault!
    Me: How can it be McDonald’s fault? Nobody is forcing them to go and eat there!
    Them: It’s the advertising, the advertising makes them do it.
    Me: …

  8. SMFS, it’s simpler than that, isn’t it? Disgust is the reverse of passion. It’s impossible to be passionate about health without an equal and opposite disgust of those who do not.

  9. A CM bitch being paid by the Gladrag to whine about CM bullshit–ie the nannying anti-fat bollocks. As if your weight is any business of the scum of the state.

  10. Them: Neoliberalism! But look at the States, 80% of their population go hungry!

    Me: What?! How come so many of them are obese then?

    You can be both hungry and obese.

    Doesn’t it go something like “I want more, I want more, I want more”.

  11. …intersections of poverty and class, genetics, medical issues and psychology.

    Some intersection! A veritable spaghetti junction.

  12. I cancelle my subscription to National Geographic magazine (cheap and great for photos) when they ran a multi-page story attempting to redefine starvation as “hugely obese but living in the Bronx”. The bullshit was just so painstakingly obvious. Obese!!!! How the f*** could anyone with any sanity believe that obese people are starving?! How can someone with a BMI in the 30s be considered unable to consume the number of calories needed for survival (i.e. the definition of starving)? And yet now this is the latest line many lefties push. Mind-boggling.

  13. Yet ironically, our Progressive State health service is desperate to ensure that a post mortem is one of the few surgical procedures they are willing to perform on the obese.

    I wish they’d make their minds up.

  14. I’m imagining sgt barnes saying.

    You’all take a good look at this lump of sheeatt, you fuck up in a food fight again and i guarantee you a trip to Britain… in a body bayaag.

  15. @ Mal Reynolds

    I quite liked “cancelle”. Sounds sort-of French. Like you cancelled your subscription with a Gallic flourish.

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