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February 3rd, 2008

Who am I kidding?

Just give me the epidural.
 

underdogs still in it

or they were before i came into this room.

anybody see that commericial with the oboe player? that was pretty good. and it wasn't all about how to be a man or manly or what men do or look somebody manly.

okay it was a little bit look somebody manly.

it's been a struggle to get a picture. fox comes in better on the north side of town. channel 2 (detroit), anyway. after the TV's warmed up about an hour, you might have a good shot at fox toledo, but only if the weather's right. which is isn't tonight.

so watching has meant sitting a foot in front of the tube with my overpriced Whole Paycheck tortilla chips and my throw-together bean dip. and while manfred thought this arrangement very interesting, offering repeatedly to adjust the antenna, it gets a little old.
 

phat

This story on how Feeling Fat May Be Worse For You Than Being Fat was picked up by Paul at Big Fat Blog (this item) (haven't read many comments yet, but a user going by Big Liberty did a little analysis of the study & then signed off with this motto you gotta love: Not only will I eat your baloney, I'll bust it, too.); infinitepresent just linked to the story of the study, having seen it in public_health. Hell, a public health feed of any sort seems like mainstream press when it's a story about the harm of fatphobia, vs. the Harm of the Scourge of the Curse of the Epidemic of OBESITY (which is costing You MONEY, those Fat Pigs, oh wait you ARE one? oh, you get a different schtick, hold on...). And Dave's link is to the Reuters page that'd picked it up.

Maybe the bigger media just need some additional angles to draw people (they've) tormented about fat to take in more on the subject. As in here's a crazy angle---could it be that... ? Then back to a huge helping of the other kind of fat story. And there will continue to be, as long as there's so much drug company money financing those sorts of studies/stories.

I have to say, the only fat activist blog I read the feed of consistently is Big Fat Blog. Kinda of a round-up sort of Utne Reader of the fatosphere, any more. Only hepper'n Utne. Sorry if you're a big Utne fan. Is it still even in print? or in "print"? Anyway (it's not the end of Fat Tuesday yet so I can still say "anyway"), I don't remember when I started to think Utne Reader was getting lame, or my taste was changing, or what. Irritation with baby boomers of privilege was probably what was poisoning it, but I don't know if that'd be more something that was changing in the publication or something that was changing in me.

My, but I do digress. ANYWAY (mwaaaAAAA-ha haaa! ... i'm so crazy/drunk/fulla-beads .. . .), if any of you read any particular fat blogs pretty much solidly, which are they? I'm still largely (haha) a dabbler and browser. Though I do find myself returning to some of them in particular.


I tried to get the Super Bowl on the little TV in this room, but no way. No whey, no weigh, no h-wayy. So I have Meet the Fokkers on. I think I saw the one before this. This ones's got 4 classic movie baby boomer(ishe)s in it, in the form of the parents of the principle characters: Dustin Hoffman & Barbara Streisand parented Ben Stiller; De Niro and Blythe Danner parented whoever that woman is playing Mrs. Ben Stiller. The joke is the philosophies of whacky loose hippies vs. uptight establishment spook types.

The commercials on this movie are intense enough, to me, who hasn't been watching TV.


Anyway, back to fat, I was thinking of how another example of fat "family" family I know and I were recently speaking of community and subculture and levels of being let in, and I was talking about how learning about the concentric circles of trust within Deaf community helped me think about layers of subcultures and relativity among them even more than did the "linked oppressions" notion of feminism (which was nonetheless one of my favorite developments in that movement).

The thing is, there are real connections, real links between the internal experiences of people processing dominant culture bullshit about body image. There are also real oppressions that are inflicted specifically on the fat. It's fuzzy, though, who are the fat. Since fat, like race, and (I'm gonna lose some of you here, I know it, but here I go anyway) like gender, is a construct. In addition to being something physiological (and variously "measurable") and psychological, it's something cultural. Until we can get each other thinking culturally, people aren't going to get it.

Anthropology classes should be required in public schools. In well-funded public schools (as long as I'm dreaming).
 
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