I blanked surnames (even pretend ones) from strangers who are just kind of indicative of the throng mentality on bodies and size, but I feel like the published author of a work on ableism can stand to eat his words personally on this one.
This is my “little shaming behaviour,” you smug bully.
I know he didn’t invent the body-shaming perspectives reflected in his original post - it starts off dismaying, but hard to read as spiteful or malicious. The link that Audra posted was a perfectly appropriate degree of gentle provocation. It didn’t put him down or accuse him of anything.
And he immediately takes umbrage, explaining how the temporary condition of his recent infection makes him the real victim here. Full stop.
The quote that really spins my head around on my neck is this:
So I disagree with you and your little shaming behavior, and suddenly I’m not using language thoughtfully? By that, I take it you mean I’m not using language that suits you? I really don’t know what to say to that.
Well, no, I kind of do.
Yes folks, this is the author of a book on how to be sensitive to people with issues far, far more specialized than popular body shame… dismissing the whole idea of using language considerately. And then telling someone to fuck off.
Can I please get some reblog action on this one? It’s not really about making life difficult for this man who has already chosen to go through life groomed to resemble Stephen King auditioning for the lead role in So I Married An Axe Murderer. It’s more about shining a light on the attitudes lurking just underneath civil demeanours - look at the ganging up, the bullying behaviour. Look at which comments received clicks-to-like, and other types of applause.
Please reblog and add whatever tags you think will spread this to popular fat activist communities and such. Or I mean… if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. Ha.
ETA: Oh cool he tweeted it too.