Delayed reaction from me, but I've been thinking about this for a few days now.

Fatism deeply upsets me. There's something extra insidious about it that I cant quite put my finger on.

It's like any other oppressive attitude like, take your pick- racism, ableism, misogyny, among many- that can end up being internalised (internalised misogyny, for example)...
But it's also much more mainstream-societally encouraged. To be fatist, to have internalised fatism, is kind of culturally celebrated and dressed up as a 'caring about health' or perverted into a 'wanting the best for oneself'.
But- this might be contentious- I feel like it's a (purposefully) *disabling* attitude. It ungrounds embodied subjects from their bodies, it induces the split between 'my body' and 'me'. It carves us up into parts.
It deliberately disempowers (as with all forms of oppresion) but in a form disguised as being well-meaning. In a world where it is costly to take up space, we goad each other to buy in to making ourselves small. Eugh.
Bodies-is-bodies is all I'm saying. And for womxn especially, one of the most radical things we can do, I think, is let fatism slide off our backs, and pass that resistance on to others.
Here's something pretty to enjoy.
(Artwork by @marieboiseau who is doing some stellar and beautious work repping fat bodies) 7/7
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