WASHINGTON, June 27, 2016 – Social justice warriors have created perhaps the most harmful brand of “tolerance” yet, by portraying obesity in a positive light. With their unbridled passion to practice acceptance, (heterosexual white males need not apply) they are now spreading the word that “being fat is beautiful and nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Love your body!”
“Strut your stuff.”
While positive body image may be healthy, obesity is not. What is beautiful about Type II diabetes, heart disease and gout, which are just some of the risk factors associated with obesity? And exactly why should we celebrate the fact that obesity kills upwards of 300,000 people every year in the United States alone?
There’s nothing wrong with spreading the message that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and that being “fat” does not necessarily equate with being unattractive, but there is a problem with insisting that morbidly obese people are fine just the way they are, because medically and mortally speaking, they’re not.
These same feminists have no problem condemning women who they consider unhealthy because they are too thin. In April of this year, the U.K. banned a Gucci ad featuring what was described as an “unhealthily thin” model.
But they also seem comfortable attacking healthy, attractive, and yes, thin, models. In May 2015, activists in the UK threw a conniption over an ad by Protein World featuring an attractive blonde and a slogan saying “Are you Beach Body Ready?”
According to an article on People.com, the company was the target of threats, vandalism, and protests after it released the ad. Protesters complained that the ads sent “an unhealthy and unrealistic message to men about body expectations.”
Basically, these outraged feminists object to advertisements featuring good-looking woman with “ideal” bodies are harmful to overweight women, who (because of their status of being overweight) are not being treated equally. Seemingly, feminists believe the answer is to praise and promote obesity in the name of equality.
This is a perfect example of twisted logic.
If feminists and social justice advocates really care about overweight people, the goal is not shaming, but assisting people in finding healthy lifestyle choices. Otherwise we need to ask if these activists care about the actual lives of the people for whom they seek justice, or do they just care about “feelings” and “fairness”?
Last month, the University of Minnesota held an event called “Dispelling Myths: Fat, Fatphobia, and Challenging Social Stereotypes” in which fat acceptance advocate Virgie Tovar lectured students on the idea that fat people are, in fact, oppressed and that fat shaming is the equivalent of hate speech.
Anything “shaming” is likely not only inappropriate but also mean.
But Tovar pushed the issue further. According to campusreform.org, “Tovar said diet culture is a tool of ‘white heteronormative society’ and declared that “exercise and diets are constructs.” Society, she said, is fat phobic, and “Fat phobia is a form of bigotry, is a form of discrimination.”
Again, the point Tovar and others is missing is that obesity is not healthy. It leads to serious health problems, and whether society is “fat phobic” or not, obesity is not a healthy way to live.
There is also the politically incorrect reality of taking responsibility for ones own actions. In many cases, individual choice contributes to excessive weight gain, whether it is choosing to overeat, not to exercise, or not to seek medical assistance for an underlying condition.
Even if obesity results from a medical condition, it is still ludicrous to suggest that diet and exercise programs are evil. Blaming society is just plain ridiculous.
Feminists like to think they’re helping women, but in many cases they’re just helping send them to an early grave. Their enabling is the stuff of legends.
It’s time to wake up.