June 22, 2006 at 5:08 pm
Today I read a first person article on Salon.com about a man who’s attracted to fat women. I think you have to click through an ad to get to it. Sorry! At least they don’t make you register. You probably want to skip the user comments on the article, which I only skimmed, but seem to have the usual mix of fat-haters and fat-acceptance advocates duking it out. Maybe they should sumo wrestle to settle it. Hmmmm, I wonder who would win?
It’s not really news that some guys like fat girls. (The author is already married too, so us single gals are fresh out of luck.) What I like about the article is that this guy actually stands up for his right to like fat girls. Most men who like chubby chicks are too afraid to mention it to their friends for fear of being made fun of. But if someone makes a fat joke around this guy, he lets people know he thinks it’s out of line. I have to give him props because it can be difficult to be that brave. Standing up for what you believe in can be scary, especially when you know your beliefs are unpopular.
Frequently I’ll see people complain that “society” treats fat people poorly and “society” this or “society” that. But what is society? It’s just all the little interactions that happen between people everyday. While you can’t change what everyone else is doing, you can control how you act around other people. By standing up for fat people in your own conversations and interactions, you work just a little bit to change what this thing we call “society” is.
Of course, we usually just chicken out and let people treat us like shit and then run home and cry about it on our blogs. Let’s stop doing that, okay? It’s really not working out so well.
I also love it when I read these articles and then they reveal that the fat girl is a size 18. I just have to bang my head on the keyboard a couple times while I think “Geez, I’ve lost over 150 pounds and I’m still not a size 18.” I really look forward to the day when the fat girls described in these articles are actually fatter than me. I don’t think my keyboard can take much more pounding and it leaves all these little red marks on my face.