It's 2015, And Fat Is Still Not An Insult

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Let's spend our time taking pictures of mountains instead of using the word fat as an insult, okay?
2015 is one of those weird points in time where the world is both extremely progressive and regressive at the same time. This might not make sense to you because honestly it doesn't make sense. At all. And that's the problem.

Living in a world corrupted by racism, sexism, hatred and general insensitivity, using the word fat as a negative term may seem like a trivial problem in the grand scheme of things. While it may seem like a problem that can easily be put on the back burner, I think we should talk about it. 

First things first, let's get one thing straight: no matter how much you weigh or how you look, you are not fat. You have fat, and the word fat is not an insult. I'm not sure when or why fat became a negative term, but it happened, and it's not cool. 

You know those cliche Tumblr/Twitter posts that say something along the lines of "if you call a someone fat, they'll never forget it"? I personally think those posts are kinda lame and overused, but they're seriously so true. If you've ever been called fat, chances are you haven't forgotten it. Most likely you remember who called you fat, where you were when they called you fat and how you felt when they called you fat. Most likely it really sucked. But why is fat such a bad thing? Why do we feel insulted if we're called fat?

The other day I was being super productive as I checked out the latest celebrity twitter fights. One of the fights ended with one person calling the other person fat. Negatively commenting on someone else's appearance is already pretty uncool to begin with, but bringing the "f" word into the argument is completely unnecessary. To make matters worse, fast forward a few hours and the press have picked up on this fight, and they're applauding one of the celebrities for "winning" this argument by calling the other celebrity fat. 

Seriously? Is being fat really the worst thing a person can be? Answer: (hell) no. 

I get it. When you look at this realistically, the word fat will probably always have a bit of negative connotation. There's always going to be that one person whose comeback in an argument is inevitably something similar to, "Oh yeah? Well you're fat!" There's always a crowd that will oooh and ahh while laughing and insisting that "fat" is such an insult. The epitome of insults. Something to be ashamed of. But look at it this way. You have fingernails. Are you a fingernail? You have fat. Are you fat? The answer should be the same for both questions; no. 

Your body is like your outside shell. It doesn't determine how beautiful you are inside. It's full of love and light, and it's made from stardust, and everything made from stardust is nothing short of brilliant. Your body may have a little more fat on it than your friend's body does. Does that make you a little less worthy? Does this make you unlovable? No, it just means that your body has a little more fat on it than your friend's body does. It's that simple. 

It's 2015. It's time to love yourself. It's time to love others. It's time to redefine fat (and by redefine, I mean let's use the actual definition which never mentions anything remotely negative whatsoever). We all have fat. Get over it. You are a thousand incredible things, so let's stop dwelling on the idea that fat is something that defines you. Because it doesn't, and it never will.  

"I hope your day is as nice as your butt."

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  1. you are the coolest

  2. Ahhh Katherine I love this! JK Rowling said, "“Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me.” I 100% agree with both of you. And I'm probably going to use that quote you used at the end of your post. New favorite quote. ♥♥♥

  3. I LOVE this post. Especially your point about how your body is just your outside shell. Why should the size/thickness of your outside shell be the determining thing about you?! Don't we have so much more to us than that? (Why yes, yes we do. It's just a little harder to see.) :) And I hope your day is as nice as your butt...LOL!

  4. Thank you! Loved this post. And unfortunately those lame tumblr posts are so right :( Arg, I hate it. Thanks for spreading the word!

  5. So beautifully written, as all your work is done. It's so true that the fat on our bodies has become an obsession off of which we base our worth and value. A sad fact that can slowly but surely be changed, one person at a time. Thanks for doing what you do.


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