1. this ridiculousness from some black "vegan" organization about mo'nique.
[all that pointing and circling? so dehumanizing. yes, it's called being overweight. and it's also called being mean bitches.]
I feel like I've been pretty clear about my feelings on size not equating to health. actress portia de rossi worked for years on ally mcbeal as a person suffering from anorexia and no one questioned (then) whether she was doing all she could to be healthy. a fat person has the audacity to be fat and on television and suddenly everyone's a doctor.
what made this so annoying is that vegans are fucking annoying, period.* they push their lifestyle on everyone else and purport, despite compelling evidence of the importance/nutritional value of some animal products, that their food choices are better than other people's. and that that somehow makes them better people. interestingly that when it comes to their diet, which physicians and physician's associations don't recommend for the average adult, they can decry the medical industrial complex and how pharmaceutical companies are trying to kill us, but when it comes to being fat, data from those same groups is held up as dogma. sit the fuck down. all the way down. now, please. plus, don't tell anyone in that group, but I know fat vegans.
*I know I said period, but I know quite a few vegans who are not annoying. maybe I should say the "vegan machine" is annoying. individual vegans are not monolithic.
2. this twitter exchange with a mentor and former boss.
she's amazing and is working very hard to bring information about health to black women, work that I respect. but we (black women, the media, people, earthlings) have got to be more nuanced in how we talk about obesity. for everyone's sake. yes, eating high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar diets without exercise is very dangerous and can lead to a myriad of health problems. but. but. but. but. being fat does not mean that you are eating poorly and not moving. being thin does not mean that you are eating well and exercising enough. AND there's a wide spectrum of lifestyle habits in between very "healthy" and killing yourself with junk.
we cannot afford to frame the conversation about black women and preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease around body size. our lifestyle is killing us, not our body fat.
I can name half-a-dozen relatively young people off the top of my head with heart-related diseases like high blood pressure and high cholesterol and none of them are fat. this isn't to say that I don't know fat people with these conditions, but it is to say that you can have hereditary factors and lifestyle factors affecting your heart health that do not equate to more body fat. and vice versa.
3. that abercrombie stuff. equating "coolness" with "thinness." ugh. and tell me how there's no such thing as thin privilege, again?
4. diet culture. everywhere. every. damn. where. I work part-time for a retail store, which is a company that has no problem stocking 00s, but doesn't ever have 14s or 16s in store. women are routinely made to feel bad about their size in retail environments, which routinely size items randomly and inaccurately to suit their needs. every time I have a shift, I hear someone saying how they've gained weight or how they want to buy a smaller size and hope to fit into it.
this week, I had to listen to my idiot of a (male) manager telling a new mother how to "trick" her body into thinking she's eating more while actually drastically cutting calories. it makes my skin crawl to witness how much of our self-worth as women is wrapped up in body size. not "health," whatever that is. not fitness. not how much we exercise. just body size. it makes me even more upset that men are so complicit in this self-worth high-jacking.
i'll end with this, because it's the trillest thing ever: