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“The modern ‘epidemics’ of teen pregnancy and obesity can be understood as a modern manifestation of these sorts of anxieties about the ‘contagion’ of working class and poor communities, about “unregulated” female sexuality. Many sociologists have used the idea of “moral panic” to describe how society’s wider anxieties (about criminals, communities of color, the poor, immigrants, etc.) are framed as threatening to the social order, and transformed into hostility and volatility. I don’t mean to imply that teen pregnancy is necessarily good for young women, or that there aren’t health outcomes of obesity (although the data has been surprising – with a recent analysis suggesting that being overweight might be actually associated with a lower risk of death). What I would like to argue is that since these “epidemics” – and these campaigns – disproportionately break down across class and race lines, these ‘shame and blame’ posters in fact serve to throw a cloak of moral legitimacy upon race and class panic. The panic here is clear: marginalized bodies are out of control, unable to care for themselves or their children. Self-control (regarding sexuality, regarding food), so valued a Puritanical American ideal, is disintegrating, and a disintegration of the social fabric is sure to follow. Public health campaigns which rely on shame rather than empowerment, which cast individual blame rather than crafting collective solutions, which target marginalized bodies rather than corporate entities like the food production and distribution industry, can be seen as symptoms of wider social ills: racist and classist public control disguised as public health.”—This is why Sayantani DasGupta remains one of my favorite thinkers/writers. This post on the New York City’s “shame-and-blame” teen pregnancy and anti-obesity campaigns dig deep into the racism and classism of the city’s efforts. Check out the rest of the post on the R today!
REPEAT AFTER ME
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO WITH THEIR BODIES IS NO ONE’S BUSINESS BUT THEIR OWN
THIS APPLIES TO
- WHAT THEY EAT
- WHAT THEY WEAR
- WHO THEY HAVE SEX WITH
- WHO THEY DON’T HAVE SEX WITH
- ANY MODIFICATIONS THEY MAY COOSE TO HAVE
- WHETHER OR NOT THEY CHOOSE TO BE PREGNANT
- ANY SURGERY THEY CHOOSE TO HAVE
- PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT DIRECTLY PHYSICALLY EFFECT YOU
I think I’m the only person offended by adding Wii Fit Trainer to Smash Bros.
It puts focus on fat-shaming fitness culture in a game that should be just about having fun beating up Mario and Mr. Game & Watch.
Nah, that doesn’t sit well with me.
I don’t care if I’m the only person who feels the way I do, it’s just really shady on Nintendo’s part.
Things that are [POTENTIALLY, but not always] unhealthy:
- drinking alcohol
-smoking (whether it’s cigarettes, weed, cigars, etc. mainly lung damage, but other possibilities as well)
-tattooing (possibility of contracting a disease from unsterile needles, toxicology of pigments)
-rigorous sports (risks of physical/brain injuries)
-being “average” weight
What tumblr has issues with seeing/reblogging photos of:
What seems to provoke tumblr users into suddenly being medical experts and caring about a random person’s health:
So what I’m seeing here is that no one owes anyone healthiness and no one’s health is anyone else’s issue until we’re fat and conveniently uneasy on the eyes to people. That’s pretty much the only time people seem to give a shit.
Sick and tired of fat women being portrayed in movies and TV as unclean, smelly people who burp and fart a lot, and who make advances towards men that scare the men (used SO often in comedy).
What the fuck. Fat women (if they wish to identify as women), sometimes also want to be seen as graceful, beautiful and romantic…the way the usual heroines appear. Being fat doesn’t suddenly make you less “feminine”.