A few days ago, an interesting hashtag began trending on Twitter: #NotYourGoodFatty. The idea behind the hashtag was explained best over at Shakesville:
Playing the Good Fatty might entail talking about how you totally eat healthy all the time, or totally work out regularly, or totally have “great numbers” (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.), or totally make sure you wear clothes that aren’t too revealing. It’s basically saying: I’m not one of THOSE fatties. You know, the ones we’re always hearing about, with their eating whole pizzas and destroying the healthcare system and stuff. The transition from Good Fatty to Radical Fatty is when you decide it doesn’t matter why someone is fat. That fat people’s rights aren’t contingent on anything else but our humanity.
And naturally the haters came out of the woodwork. Some people even went to the trouble—knowing they’d be blocked or disciplined by Twitter at some point—of opening dummy Twitter accounts specifically to bash fat people. Sigh.
This was my contribution:
Having a large body and refusing to make every moment of your life about making it smaller is a revolutionary act #notyourgoodfatty
— Therese Lee (@thereselee) April 5, 2014
Responses included this gem from some douchebag:
@thereselee Being so fat you have moons circling you is a revolutionary act.
— Slippery Slope Guy (@SlipperySG) April 7, 2014