You’ve had to deal with being called fat your whole life. Then your daughter calls a classmate fat. How do you deal with it? In this amazing essay in Allure Magazine by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Weiner, she tackles this issue.
A TV News Anchor in Wisconsin named Jennifer Livingston received a cruel letter from a viewer chastizing her for weight. She didn’t take his bullying lying down. Instead she spoke out and addressed him and the issue of fat-shaming on the air. Here is her original statement about him and a follow up interview on the Today Show here. The man that confronted her turned out to be a personal injury lawer named Kenneth Krause, who issued an unapologetic statement standing by his words and offering to help Jennifer lose weight. I kid you not. Read about it and see a picture of the guy here. Jennifer’s brother is actor Ron Livingston of the movie Office Space (love!) who is standing by his sister here. Krause finally apologized, but it was feeble and only because a television team cornered him in a parking lot.
What role does modesty and covering up play in the objectification of women? Thoughtful post on Beauty Redefined talks about this subject in Modest is Hottest? The Revealing Truth.
Are we treating our bodies like the enemy? Read The War Within: Your Body, Your Self on Adios Barbie to find out.
Are thin people secretly jealous of fat people? A writer claims this to be true on Huffington Post.
Great article on male body image and superheroes on Edit-Free Society.