I am not Fat Shaming; I am Defending Free Speech

in philosophy •  3 months ago  (edited)

I posted a meme on my page of a large woman holding the sign about withholding sex. Several people claimed I was not being empathetic and that I was engaging in fat shaming.

I want to make something crystal clear. I have been fat before. I have friends who are large people. I have no reason to shame anyone, although the meme itself still has an underlying sense of humor that I believe most people can appreciate without getting offended, regardless of their size or self-esteem level.

That brings me to my point.

Today we live in an era of Orwellian political correctness, where posting material can get a person harangued by leagues of social justice warriors. I see this as problematic for free speech. As a result of this political correctness, now many people wield a torch and pitchfork, looking for the next target to project their sensitivities onto. I see this as a tragedy, so I am going to speak my mind to remind everyone that we don't have to bow down to pitiful attempts to censor our opinions.

Furthermore, the SJW's missed my point anyway. My intent was not to fat shame anyone. The person who originally incited the sex strike was Alyssa Milano. She is an actress who also happens to be thin. The point is this: the sex strike is an unintelligent and vindictive way to protest laws and social decisions, because it targets people who likely have nothing to do with actions related to government.

If women want to withhold sex, fine. But don't pretend like it's sending a message to government for them to solve all of their woes. It's a laughably pointless shenanigan tied to an emotional circus engineered by a coterie of feminist sophists.

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I am a weight loss coach working with morbidly obese people to help them lose weight naturally like I did. Eight years ago I lost "half my size" after 50 years of miserable obesity. Now at 60, I have never had another problem with my weight.

As of 2016, the last year the CDC published stats, 40% of Americans were overweight and 40% were obese. Those stats are surely worse now.

I was fat from the 1960's to 2011. I swam while fat, and was called "Whale on the Beach" more times than I can count. Do you think that made me lose weight? No. I had to be near death first.

Fat shaming is part of the deal, and fat people should have no illusions that anyone thinks they look good except for the 5% of weirdos. I'm in groups of women trying to get online dates (trawling for weight loss coaching candidates). None of those women think they can or should lose weight. They just want the men in there to not care and think they are beautiful anyway. (They are not.)

After I lost the weight, I had to flee to SE Asia to get away from all the fat people in the US since I could not stand to be surrounded by them. They need to get a clue. Either lose weight, or know that you will be looked down upon no matter that you are in the vast majority now.

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Fat shaming: "the action or practice of humiliating someone judged to be fat or overweight by making mocking or critical comments about their size."

On this definition at least, you're fat shaming. Nothing in your post counters that charge.

The title of your post suggests a false dichotomy. You can be fat shaming at the same time as (in your view) defending free speech.