[TW: fat shaming, eating disorder discussion, calories] The reality is that fat people are often supported in hating their bodies, in starving themselves, in engaging in unsafe exercise, and in seeking out weight loss by any means necessary. A thin person who does these things is considered mentally ill. A fat person who does these things is redeemed by them. This is why our culture has no concept of a fat person who also has an eating disorder. If you’re fat, it’s not an eating disorder — it’s a lifestyle change.
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
I was thinking of this last night when watching a news article about that “nasal drip diet”. There is a doctor in the UK who is using this method to “treat” his fat clients by drip-feeding them 130 calories of protein each day. 130 calories. You read that correctly.
But apparently that’s only disordered when someone with a BMI of 19 wants to do it. Apparently it’s perfectly normal and legitimate for someone weighing 100kg. Evidently health is only worth preserving if you’re thin.
Just wow. I don’t even know where to begin. I have so much rage.
The Secret team continued to use The Secret to make The Secret.
I don’t know what compelled me to look up what the secret is, but I asked believed and received some choice sentences like this
Ok I attribute this change in beauty icons to shahs of sunset. Never seen a face like this, more like mine, as beauty symbol
HBO, critics, HBO-hopefuls, academics, and audiences have used the term “quality” to legitimate their pleasure in watching television. The very need to defend or explain the love for television underlines its root (and continued) status as a feminized mass medium, and the unspoken but widely held characterization of “difficult” media (high art cinema, high modernism) as masculine and “easy” or “pleasurable” texts (soap operas, television at large, romance novels) as feminine. But that equation dismisses the stunning similarities between soap operas — in truth, some of the most narratively complex programs on television — with our contemporary iterations of quality.
House of Cards, Season 2 |
Brilliant stuff, but I’d expect nothing less from Anne Helen Petersen.
Yes! I am actually making a choice to limit my viewing of precisely this kind of “masculine” television, and making a choice to tell people about the “feminine” shows I am watching (rather than pretend that I don’t watch them, or pretend I only watch them guiltily). Given that I have to cull the list of things I might enjoy based on some parameter — lest I do nothing but watch television, ever — I am choosing to watch narratively complex and emotional shows that feature women as more than just victims or honorary men. Sorry, House of Cards, I am sure I would enjoy you, but since I have to choose between you and The Fosters, my pick is going to be the one that airs on ABC Family.
And even as I wrote that, I found myself wanting to append a defense of The Fosters as a great television show! But I will resist. Because the only reasons anyone would assume that it isn’t are reasons I don’t even want to acknowledge. These cultural forces of judgement, they run deep.
I just started watching House of Cards last night and in some ways, Kevin Spacey’s camera talk reminds me of David Caruso’s less celebrated punch lines on CSI as he puts on his sunglasses.
The politics argued in this post compel me to indelibly record that I have seen every single episode of Shahs of Sunset.
Someone who paid to interject themselves into my twitter feed.
"Bring wings to the weak and bring grace to the strong.
May all evil stumble as it flies in the world.
I’m trying to find my peace.
I was made to believe there was something wrong with me.
This is a cold war.
Do you know what you’re fighting for?”
These lyrics are so expansive and precise at the same time. I quote at the risk of seeming overdramatic. I just wanted to remember these lyrics, especially the powerful line about doing critical work and being made to believe that you’re the one with the problem for not being mind-blowing enough to compel the hearer. Ben Bratton’s TED talk about the expectation that we should all be more like Malcolm Gladwell was worth remembering today.
On short URLs (e.g. bit.ly): “Other countries like Latvia (LV), Liechtenstein (LI), and Liberia (LR) didn’t happen to have ISO standard abbreviations that are also cute English suffixes.
Unlike ‘.ly’ (for Libya), other handy English two-letter words were in the hands of pro-Western allies, but these were also politically unstable — like the Kingdom of Tonga.”
Christian Sandvig on Internet sharia takedown requests in the Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies, p.88
I’ve seen PhD students with depression, sleep issues, eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide. Mental health in academia is an issue that needs to be addressed…
It is not OK for PhD students to become so affected by their studies that they kill themselves.
It is not OK for PhD students to maintain the culture of working yourself to the point of illness.
It is not OK for academics to wash their hands of the situation.
Funny to read this alongside Greg downey’s chapter on info labors (often the thing the inventors don’t want you to notice when they pitch the tech)
This is old news, but made me wonder if digital humanities pushes and library budget cuts go together in ways we should be careful about.
Driven by dramatic budget cuts that will shutter four campus libraries, staffers at UC San Diego are removing roughly 150,000 books and journals from their collections by summer’s end – selling volumes to the highest bidder or donating them.If UCSD students or researchers want…
Diversity on Fox News, found via Dori Tunstall on twitter. That is more blonde’s than a party full of west LA iranian moms.
The article is more interesting than the title. This is an interesting and important discussion of what happens in the management of populations, diversity, and species.
Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal.
The Simple Answers to the Questions that get asked about every new technology