Monday, April 07, 2008
Let's shoot all the fat people
…Grrr, HA is on the warpath. Tara Parker-Pope, on her fun blog at the NYT, has had a week-long thread, which I hope stays up, about whether women face worse discrimination for weight than men do.
…The url is: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/fat-bias-worse-for-women/#comment-43674
…More than 200 people (ahem, several way more than once) commented. Some of the comments were hateful, almost panicked, at the idea that The Fat should be allowed to walk the earth, much less ever sit on a plane near their exalted selves or shop in a grocery store.
….The picture used was one of those unflattering faceless shots of a woman of size (loading groceries into her car, no less), and this also elicited some comments on how the issue was being pitched.
…Everyone thinks they have figured out the formula—eat less, exercise more—why the heck doesn’t everyone do it!? Easy-peasy.
…Someone had a trim girlfriend—all women should be like that, he noted. Another, a medical doctor, said, “Sex sells.” This was supposed to explain why supposedly unsexy people should be shunned.
…Someone else said discrimination was a social good—it would make people lose weight.
…Well, catch up, the “normal” is now changing, for a number of reasons. Of course, this is called an epidemic—like a hideous disease.
..Maybe it is—the theory about a adenovirus is still being researched by scientists with real advanced degrees.
….Anyhow, HA was pretty disturbed to see the reservoir of hatred and meanness out there. It’s not justified by anything, much less science and research.
…Someone wrote: Eat two salads a day, end of problem. Someone should write a book.