Sometimes a comment is so good that we just have to single it out and make sure everyone saw. This one comes from Jennifer’s great post about how “accepting all body sizes” doesn’t jibe with “hating on thin women.” Here’s Kate’s comment:
Just as no one should ever have the brazen presumptuousness to judge what is like to be “fat”, no one has the right to decide who I am and what my life must be like because I am skinny. I have been both- I was a size twelve in high school, and I was treated like a cow who was apparently supposed to cloak myself in a burqa to to save innocent bystanders the traumatic experience of glimpsing my thighs, which is sexist, size-ist bullshit. On the flip side, i am now a size zero and you know what? The grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side, since now it is apparently totally appropriate to make tasteless anorexia jokes and gawk at me as if I was a holocaust victim. No one has the right to judge me for my body, regardless of my size- either way, I’m a person, and anyone telling me who I am supposed to be or trying to shame me for some imagined crime I committed just by inhabiting my skin can bite me.Normally, I do not voice my opinions in such crude, angry terms, but I think I can speak for any girl who has endured the experience of the world declaring open season on her appearance without any sort of consent on her part that, eventually, something’s got to give. After a while, enough is enough, and like it or not, I have a right to be mad.