shame-shame

To anyone who says I’m ruining ballet, I’ve got a few things to say to you.

1) If ballet is in danger of being ruined by one fat recreational dancer, it’s in a lot worse shape than I thought it was.

2) If fat dancers “ruin” ballet, then darlings, it’s already dead. Because fat dancers are absolutely a thing. Go in your local dance school, look at the makeup of and adult class. All sizes, ages, shapes and races. Ballet CAN be inclusive. It’s just not talked about.

Besides all of that, let’s be honest here for a second. I hate it when people call ballet a dying art, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t need something to raise awareness and interest in it. The people that take recreational classes are going to be far more likely to buy your ticks and donate to your funds. It creates a love and passion for your art. These classes bring in much needed money to schools and companies, and here you’d turn them away because they don’t have the “perfect” body. There are people who honest to God thought they’d be turned away at the door for adult beginner classes because of their size. I hear it daily actually- they have been interested for years, but thought there was no way they could even make ballet a hobby. If we get rid of this thinking it could seriously breathe new life into ballet. I’m not saying any of us are going to be the Bolshoi’s next prima, but to say we’re not entitled to take class a few days a week for our own fitness and enjoyment? You’re literally chasing donors and dollars away. Even if you can’t stand the thought of a fat person using your precious studio while you’re not there, maybe you CAN stand the thought of being able to keep your doors open a little longer. 

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Jon Ronson’s new book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,” is a departure of sorts for the bestselling humorist/journalist. Instead of interviewing paranoid extremists (“Them”) or bizarre military researchers (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) or convicted murderers (“The Psychopath Test”), he had heart-to-hearts with a publicist, a science journalist, a software developer and a caregiver for adults with learning difficulties. What drew Ronson to this collection of fairly ordinary people is an ordeal they all shared: public shaming in the age of social media.

The author of “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” talks about social media privilege and the carnage of online shaming

Orphan Black Sausage Freestyle
  • Mrs. S:Everybody say sausage, keep it goin like EGGS, BACON, GRITS
  • SAUSAGE
  • Sarah:Yeah I got a kid but I still get
  • SAUSAGE
  • Alison:I'm a bitch and a lover but never a
  • SAUSAGE
  • Cosima:I chose a croissant over all the
  • SAUSAGE
  • Helena:I may have eaten all of the
  • SAUSAGE
  • Rachel:I've got windows so who needs
  • SAUSAGE
  • JFitz:Didn't know I had a monitor but still took the
  • SAUSAGE
  • Katja:Just one, I'm a few, gotta love that German
  • SAUSAGE
  • Tony:I'm too good lookin to be takin just any
  • SAUSAGE
  • Felix:Fetch me something gay so I can get that
  • SAUSAGE
  • SAUSAGE, SAUSAGE, SAUSAGE, SAUSAGE
  • Delphine:I like Cosima a lot better than sausage
  • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Fun fact: if you call someone a cocktease, I lose any and all respect I had for you.

Another fun fact: if you try and argue that something such as rape culture or sexuality shaming doesn’t happen despite the fact that I and millions of other vagina people have experienced it, I will not talk to you until you have something relevant to say. The fact that you’re lucky enough to have avoided it doesn’t make it something ‘us femnazis’ made up for the pure banter. 

So shove that into your shit beard.