Where does fatness come from? Who cares?

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Fat acceptance (among other things) activist Laura writes about how it shouldn’t matter why someone is fat, they should be treated with respect regardless. This is definitely how I feel about madness/neurodivergence/disability, which is why I’m not a huge fan of psychoanalysis, the whole point of which is basically to figure out what happened in your early past to cause your difficulties but not necessarily to learn skills in dealing with them.

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Another day, another article purporting to explain why fat people exist.

Funny how no one ever asks what causes thinness, or tallness, or brown-haired-ness. It’s almost like those traits are rightfully accepted as part of the natural diversity of bodies or something.

I’m sick of so many people, both liberal and conservative, treating the existence of people like me as a mystery to be solved. Conservatives blame the individual, liberals blame societal factors or try to find scientific explanations, but no one stops to think that maybe fatness is not actually a problem that needs solving.

No one stops to think, even though fat activists have been doing their work for decades. Even though the facts are out there for anyone who actually cares to look.

I’m sick of fatness being a marked trait. In her book Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, Julia Serano describes marked identities as…

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