This article talks about Nicki Minaj and Anaconda specifically, and does a good job of articulating a feeling that I’ve been having about this song, and others, as well as different forms of expression I’ve seen circulating in the name of body positivity.
“To be clear, by no means am I approving of or endorsing skinny-prejudice; insulting someone for their body-type—regardless of privileged status—is unproductive and hurtful. What I am saying is that comments like “fuck you if you skinny bitch” have a context in which they must be considered.”
In the same way reverse racism or sexism is not a thing because of the systemic and institutionalized power behind the dominant group, skinny-shaming is NOT the same as fat-shaming because of the privileges afforded to those with thinner bodies, regardless of how or why those bodies look the way they do. To me, it just seems unnecessary to fight against oppression by trying to oppress the dominant group in the same way.
Thank you to Rachel Baker for this thoughtful piece, read it in full HERE
“it is not surprising to see that this has finally happened. Fredericksen took the game to its logical outcome. She played the game and she played it hard, and in doing so, she laid bare the show’s messed-up, disordered premises for all the world to see.”
Thoughts on the biggest loser (TBL) finale this year?
I will say, I’ve watched the show occasionally during previous seasons, and never had a feeling quite like that I had while watching Rachel’s weigh in. As someone who has battled with my weight all my life I did feel the ranch was motivational more than abusive, but this season has really left me a lot to reflect on. Especially how engrained fat shaming is into every facet of our lives. Much like with rape culture, Ive found myself in the past defending TBL. Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary readily available should I so choose to engage, I instead defended the hours long daily workouts, the food restrictions, the lack of concurrent counseling. Now is that something I’ve learned? Or is the truth that maybe reality is just too fucking much to handle sometimes so we try to rationalize all the horrible, destructive systems that uphold and glorify our abusers? I’m not excusing it. But I wonder how I can find inspiration from TBL when I’ve lived the experiences I have?
10 ways we might body shame without knowing it
These are some great points to be aware of. Complimenting someone on their weight loss was a big one for me. Do any stick out to you? Can you think of any others?
I think it’s great to share this and start a discussion. Lets help, not hurt each other!