Calling out Pink Elephants

27 Oct

My latest post was posted over at Original Plumbing. It was a hard post to write because I was unsure how folks were going to react.

Although I focus mainly on food and food politics here, I’m also very interested in size acceptance/fat positive politics. Visit the full post to see how I feel about the subject of the inclusion of fat people in queer and trans media.

“Skinny can NOT become the norm for our queer and trans bodies. We’ve worked too hard to get our genders and sexualities into public forums to have them fall into step with standard ideals of beauty. Popularizing images of skinny queer and trans* people is not helping the greater movement. We should be celebrating and highlighting bodies of all types in our media. We have control over our queer and trans* zines, porn, websites, and blogs, so let’s use them to show that we value fat bodies (and disabled bodies, and other bodies shunned by the mainstream) just as much as skinny ones.”

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2 Responses to “Calling out Pink Elephants”

  1. Dana January 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Thank you for including “disabled” in your body positive messages. Learning to like my body the way it is…is well new and foreign to me. It is hard for me to wrap my head around. I’ve been overweight and disabled all of my life. My body image beliefs were so intrinsically attached to the norms, constantly reminding me that I was not normal. That reading things helps me realize how far I have yet to go. I actually bought Lady GaGa’s Born this Way, because she put the word disability it there and talked about having pride in that.

  2. Dana January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Per my previous message…what I was trying to convey, was that I have spent a lifetime being proud of my accomplishment despite my disability or weight , But being proud of my disability and appearance is a concept that is only a couple of years old for me. Anyway, thank you for your posting.

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