Posted on | August 26, 2014 | 76 Comments
Erin McKelle Fischer (@ErinMcKelle) is a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies major at Ohio University we’ve encountered a few times previously. She has expressed hostility toward “penis-in-vagina sex” and the “norm” of heterosexuality. In June, we took note of her column about “the very real struggles that young feminists face.” Now she has another “very real struggle” to share with us:
Talk about calling in fire on your own map coordinates, huh? Let’s see what Erin has to say about this Important Feminist Issue:
I’m also a body image and fat positive activist, which basically means that I don’t believe there is anything inherently wrong or bad about being fat. In fact, I love being fat.
Since I enjoy wearing a lot of clothing that reveals my skin and shows off my body, like crop tops, short skirts and shorts, bikinis, leggings and tight dresses, I have to deal with a lot of backlash. Because god forbid a fat woman likes the way she looks and lets the world know it.
Because fat girls aren’t supposed to take pleasure in our bodies or even consider showing other people what they look like, there is a lot of sh*t that can hit the fan. Mostly caused by other people not knowing how to handle someone as sexy as me owning it.
The good news is that the fat positive movement is starting to take off and people are starting to notice. The #fatkini hashtag has gone viral on Twitter, plus sizes are starting to be sold in the stores of hip and trendy retailers like Forever 21 and H&M, and fat is starting to lose some of it’s stigma as a bad word. We’re making progress.
Despite this, though, some people really need to get an education in how to treat fat girls who like to show off our curves some respect. . . .
If you’re offended by me showing my stomach or the way my thighs jiggle, you need to f*ck off. My body is my own and no one has the right to tell me what to do with it. Period.
Boohoo, you have to look at a fat woman’s body. . . .
The most common reaction I get from others when I wear revealing clothing are stares. Some people will sort of roll their eyes or look disgusted; others will just stare as if I’m some kind of art exhibit at a museum. Either way, there are a lot of stares.
Look, I understand that I’m challenging your views on fat womanhood and forcing you to question your beliefs and attitudes, but keep this contemplation to yourself. Yes, I do notice when you’re looking. Yes, it does make me feel uncomfortable.
I’m not some sort of object to be admired; I’m a human being first and foremost. Respect my right to choose to be fabulous and move it along. . . .
You might have the urge to shame me for daring to own my sexiness as a fat girl, or you may even want to compliment me for my taste. But either way, I really don’t want to hear about it. . . .
You can read the whole thing. I cringe in anticipation of the rude things commenters will say about Erin’s “sexiness as a fat girl.”
Feminists: Why do you keep making my job so easy, huh? https://t.co/2Eg1CJxTnC
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) August 26, 2014
Lots of fat phobia on my latest huffpo article. To all of the haters, you can kindly fuck off.
— Erin McKelle (@ErinMcKelle) August 25, 2014