"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thanks, fat fu!

I have to admit that I was a little troubled by Lily-Rygh Glen's article on the Fat Acceptance movement from the latest issue of Bitch magazine. (I'd link to it if it was online, but I'll instead recommend subscribing to Bitch, since it's an all-around kickass mag.) I even entertained the notion of writing my own critique of it, but since I'm merely a novice lurker on Fat Acceptance/Size Acceptance blogs and not an articulate card-carrying member of the movement, I decided instead to sit back and wait for someone more apt to do it for me.

And now, the wait is over. Meowser at the blog fat fu beautifully puts those uneasy feelings I had about the article into words.

I remember reading the article thinking how I can be completely open-minded to someone's criticism of the movement, but as Glen described her rejection from FA/SA forums, I couldn't help but think about how opposite her experience was from the way issues of weight-loss and eating disorders are discussed on the blogs I read. The movement she described sounded nothing like the one I have so far encountered. So it bothered me that the average Bitch reader who may have never had any experience with (or even heard of) Fat Acceptance may come away from reading this article with a negative view of it. Especially since this article is the first one about FA I have seen in Bitch magazine since I became a subscriber about two years ago. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I just don't remember ever reading anything about it in the magazine before.)

Anyway, I hope that Bitch gives someone who has had a more positive experience with FA a chance to respond in the next issue. If you agree, feel free to let Bitch know at

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