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Recently, Team Wear Your Voice’s Body Positive Campaign, #DropTheTowel, has garnered international acceptance and praise from the Huffington Post to the North Korea Times, and people are falling in love with self-love and it’s a truly beautiful thing to be celebrated. Our team felt we would be remiss, however, in not addressing certain blatantly and covertly Fat Phobic comments being made on one publication’s coverage: The UK Daily Mail.

[RELATED POST: Ultimate Guide to Understanding Fat Phobia]

While we firmly believe the old adage, all press is good press, we also understand that perpetuating stereotypes in the comments that said press will get is an important facet of Fat Phobia and fat shaming for us to combat (*we also want to take this moment to note and stress that #DropTheTowel is for bodies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders – not just womyn, although most media has skewed it that way). The Daily Mail’s article itself actually came across as very supportive and Body Positive, also mentioning the additional #FuckFatPhobia lens of our initial photoshoot garnering press, however, it then chose to allow a myriad of Fat Phobic and ignorant comments to be dropped in the section below the article, without choosing to accept other body positive comments, which some of our readers told us they left. We figured we had to take matters into our own hands and combat the ignorant body negativity with some blatant truthiness for your authentic reading pleasure!

[RELATED POST: Drop The Towel This Summer!]

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Rock Ape: Firstly, thanks for living up to your name, but we have certainly evolved as a species since caveman times, as has our scientific knowledge. The term obese is obsolete in that it comes from the latin term meaning, to get fat from food – inherently connecting fat bodies to overeating, bad habits, or unhealthy behavior is both ignorant and detrimental to furthering negative stereotypes about fat bodies. 

zsazsa77: See above for correction on the term obesity. I would say that not trying to but succeeding in normalizing fat bodies is sending out the exact right message – all bodies deserve to love and be loved (by self and others), or at the very least not be outwardly judged and bigoted against on an ignorant daily basis!

outoftowner: Your weak attempt at allyship is actually doing more harm than good, because it implies that there are some people who just can’t help but be fat, which then presupposes fat as inherently bad. That is exactly what society has brainwashed you to think, but WYV knows the truth and are spreading it in our own way. P.S. I know I few people who can’t help how skinny they are – the only difference is they are usually praised not shamed (though neither option is ok).

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Maggie: You’re clearly not “all for” different shapes and sizes (unless of course they are within a certain spectrum) just like you clearly don’t know just how beautiful and fun “crazy” can be. Also – this term can be problematic and insensitive to use in a negative way as it is often used to further stigmatizes certain mental health issues. 

Oliviajane: Thanks for proving all with one comment how womyn have been trained to be so passive aggressive that they completely contradict themselves in an attempt to “be nice.” Fuck that. You think it’s great we have the confidence to do this, but then don’t hesitate to enact fat shaming comments rooted in Fat Phobia? By our standards all of these bodies represent healthy bodies and healthy sizes (personal health is not a judgement call others can make for us).

[RELATED ARTICLE: Kelly Clarkson Serves as Latest Scapegoat for Societally Pervasive Disease of Fat Phobia]

 

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Aperture Awareness: There are no girls pictured in these photographs; there are womyn and trans identified humyns – and we aren’t just funny we are fucking hilarious…when we want to be. These photos are nothing but serious for our cause, however, which is to inspire confidence and self-love for bodies of every single size, shape, gender, and color, while pushing against socially created norms perpetuated by mainstream media.

lizardkg: Thanks for yet another gendered and cliched comment (*yawn*)!

 

[Related Article: Fat Phobia News Roundup]

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Hardyeboy: Oh you mean back when blatant homophobia and racism were still 100% acceptable too? Don’t forget my favorite Fat Phobia framework, which states: there is no such thing as an “obesity epidemic;” that is a false agenda the government and dieting corporations serve to capitalize on. Rather, the epidemic is Fat Phobia, and you have certainly caught the fat shaming symptom! 

[Related Article: 6 Facebook Memes Featuring Fat Phobia]

 

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CalisinNYC: Some things, such as this comment, are not meant to be said, but fat bodied humyns have to deal with this type of discriminatory ignorance on a daily basis. 

 

[Related Article: Quick Comebacks to Combat Daily Fat Shaming]

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Mmmk: NO THANK YOU!!! These comments have only inspired us to Drop the Towel even more! You don’t have to take our word for it, TAKE A LOOK:

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If you feel like taking a fresh-perspective and leaving a body positive comment below, please feel free to do so – we welcome you to Wear Your Voice unmoderated. 

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Being raised in New England, the west coast has always felt like a breath of progressive, laid-back, open-minded, fashion-forward air to my free-spirited soul, which is what drew me to California. Escaping the more cookie-cutter traditional white picket fence life, has led me on an adventurous journey toward self-love and acceptance, and ultimately body positivity! I am in Oakland, because I moved to the Bay Area for graduate school to become a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and after exploring different city options, I discovered that the eclectic, unique, and honest vibe of Oakland resonated with my funky spirit and style! My role in WYV as Senior Columnist is producing weekly articles on Body Positive Fashion, Fat Acceptance, and many of my other passions such as social justice, childcare, and chronic illness advocacy. Of course I'm constantly being inspired by my very diverse (fashionably and otherwise) Oakland peers, local business owners, and fat/body positive activists! Come follow my photographic adventures on my instagram: @somewhere_under_the_rainbow

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