“…as the ‘War on Obesity’ has escalated, so has weight-based bias and discrimination.”
“…weight bias is particularly evident among healthcare professionals, compromising the well-being of their patients.”
…“My course now frames body image disturbances more as a function of oppressive societal structures than of individual pathology.”
Apparently, “The field of Fat Studies has undergone tremendous growth in recent years…” according to Patti Lou-Watkins, professor at Oregon State. (*snort*) (Yes, she completely missed her own pun.)
You can read some more quotes from her in this article, including these enlightened statements:
That’s all fine and dandy.
But do you know which group deals with a lot of discrimination, which NOBODY is talking about???
It’s really a shame the way we discriminate against people who treat us like crap.
Rude people should be able to treat others however they want, without being judged.
I mean, we already know that we discriminate against people whose brains don’t work properly. (#EndTheStigma)
And we’re aware that we discriminate against people who don’t take care of their health. (#FatAcceptance)
But we also discriminate against people who are mean and nasty! The difference is, we don’t have a hashtag for that!
There’s no college course to help students understand the dangers of marginalizing someone just because they make our lives miserable.
I think we should call this “Attitudism.” (It’s just like racism or sexism or “weightism.”)
If you’ve ever called someone a jerk, you’re microagressing People of Attitude.
Just consider these haunting facts:
#1. Mean people are probably ten times as likely as nice people to have ZERO friends! That’s inequality.
#2. There aren’t any official studies confirming Mean Bias and Attitudism, because nobody will do the research! (Talk about discrimination!)
#3. If you Google “Rude People,” every, single article will assume that being “rude” is negative, which reinforces the stereotype and further marginalizes People of Attitude.
This has got to stop!
Let’s educate the rest of society and quit perpetuating the myth that having a bad attitude makes you a bad person… mmmmkay?
End Attitude Privilege Now!