chime for justice

I saw someone say that fatphobia is not “a coherent system of oppression” and I don’t know if they meant that it’s not actually oppressive or that the oppression looks different across groups of fat people. The first interpretation is not really defensible. Fat people have a harder time getting jobs, are paid less, suffer life-threatening medical discrimination, are traumatized in schools, camps, and other social environments from a young age, are much more likely to be poor, and on and on.

The second interpretation is an essential point, though. Fatphobic oppression does vary across groups. Fat women tend to have it worse than fat men because of the interaction between sexism and fatphobia, and fat Black women are in a more vulnerable position than fat white women because of the interactions among racism, sexism, and fatphobia, and so on – you’re likely to suffer worse if you’re trans and fat than cis and fat, etc. 

Fatphobia is rooted in capitalism, classism, racism and white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and other violent interconnected systems. It’s an intersectional issue and we need to treat it that way for our anti-fatphobic work to have any teeth.

Writer’s Creed “Ensorcell” Prompt

Fair maiden
Sought vengeance
On vainglorious foe
On the woman
Who’s trousseau
Replaced her own
In betrothed’s

Inflicted with rancor
And demanding requital
Ensorcelled a sell-sword
Into pursuing her good Lord
To the wicked well
Where ensuing wife’s
Left him surely mad

But sell-sword would get
To the bottom of this
Following footsteps
Lighter than Maid’s own
Hair fairer than her own
Heart the same
For they came
From the same kin

For woman who espouses
Their own twin’s love
Can be too well confused
For the hit-man’s prey dove
End source of the sell-sword
Led him back to the Mädchen
Where some chime
Of enchantment
Brought her justice to hired 
Hand’s ministration

Abortion Argument

Based on an actual Twitter Conversation

Person: I believe that every life deserves a chance.

Me: Alright, but this guy who’s talking about anti-abortion is one of the few cases that manages to have a good life despite being a son of a rape survivor. He also have a… few… advantages.

Supporter: Like being alive?

Me: That’s not what I meant. He has… other… advantages.

Supporter: So, you’re saying that being alive isn’t an advantage?

Me: *slightly annoyed* No… I am saying that he had advantages because he’s in a privileged position and that allows him to get advantages that someone in a similar position may not get. (I’m trying really hard not to mention that he’s light-skinned, biracial, his mother is White and therefore, might be looked at as a pity case.)

Supporter: Let me ask you this; would you say that he has a better advantage alive or dead?

Me: That’s oversimplifying it. 

Leader chimes in: There is justice and injustice. There’s evil in this world. It’s that simple.

Me: But there’s current situations that people MIGHT have considered when they don’t want a child (racial problems, society issues, accesses to resources, mentality of the parents… a lot of stuff I wish I can mention on Twitter.)

Supporter: I agree that there’s society problems, but if the person isn’t alive, how can we fix it?

Me: Maybe we ought to fix the problems for the kids that already out of the womb?

Supporter: But what about fixing the problems of abortion?

Me: If society is a better place, maybe abortions would be a less likely option?

Supporter: No one should be able to legally kill someone. Abortions caused more deaths. Since 1973, abortion killed more Black people than heart disease, cancer, accidents, violent crimes, & AIDS combined.

Me: *blinks and says outloud* Why are we so damn focus on the lives inside the womb and not outside of it?