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I will always reblog this because it is so so important.
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
princessofthewhitemoon asked: (Part1)You don't have to publish this if you don't want to, but hi. I'm from a similar area of Florida -- I remember the tent cities closing in St. Pete and how everything in the area got that much tighter with the economy -- and while I have a lot of privilege (white, cisf, questioning), that culture was what led me to decide on journalism when I realized that I love writing. Because I've been there, to the point of looking at the cupboard and watching the stuff you have dwindle and knowing you
(Part 2) knowing you don’t have the money to buy anything, not even the cheapest can at Walmart, and knowing that things won’t get better anytime soon, and that you can’t go home if things don’t work out, and trying to stay away from the Food Kitchen because even if the supply’s low there’s still something and it’d feel wrong to take anything while it’s there, and doing anything to prevent from staying there. Because of that, I’ve chosen to not pursue creative writing until I’m in a place of (Part 3) security, and I don’t know how long that’ll be. And I know this has nothing to do with Medieval People of Color, and that our problems come from two vastly different worlds. But I understand that mindset that you were talking about. The fight to stay fed. The fight to keep something of your dignity when you can’t stop worrying about the dollar line. I’ve been there.I’m with you. And when I do write creatively, someday, I’ve already made the conscious decision to include PoC as central (Part 4) main characters. To put them on the cover. I know that the problem won’t go away with just one book, or one series, or one author. But I’ve decided to be part of the solution. And while it took me a bit to realize that yes, it has to be a conscious decision, there were a couple tumblrs — like bookgeekconfession and you — that helped. So thank you. (And I know 4 parts is kinda obnoxious for asks. Sorry!)
>Who we are is inextricably entwined with what we do, and the choices we make. This is a free and easily accessible blog. It is here for anyone who needs it, regardless of whether or not society dictates you are allowed to have it, or care about it, or deserve it. Even when it’s exhausting, I keep coming back to that, because it’s important. When I say everyone should have access to this information, I mean everyone.Medievalpoc: because when it’s the fifth ramen meal this week, at least we can all have a scrap of dignity to wash it down with. ;)
“Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org
And then people urge me everything is fine, of course it is, when you’re ignoring statistics that is.
Fun fact: SAT tests predict college performance pretty well for men, but they strongly underpredict college performance for women. http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/12/20/1948550612469038.abstract
I think I’ve reblogged this before, but that study needs to be shared.
The SATs are bullshit.