definatalie’s bits: deathfatties just had its first EVER concern troll.
After existing for a couple of years, that’s pretty amazing. What’s not amazing is denying that deathfat people are made invisible in this world.
Besides, deathfatties is about fashion and representation. It’s not even about health. I can’t believe I need to say this but fat people are human beings and have a right to representation and visibility. And, you know, clothes.
So if you don’t want to see awesome fat people, go look somewhere else. Basically anywhere. Because fat people are under represented and demonised everywhere.
That’s really enough to set off trolls. That fat people exist. They take our existence as an invitation to tear us down. Our stubborn reality suggests, to them, that no one has yet told us to stop being fat. So they rush to fill this imagined void. They take as gospel the notion that people will stop being fat if you tell them to stop being fat. They believe this in the face of an absurd quantity of evidence that proves the notion a farce. They cling to a fundamentally unsupported belief that the problem with fat people is that we have it much too easy. They flatter themselves with the silly idea that they are the ones speaking truth to power, and not just parroting a failed status quo. In their minds, accessibility concerns of fat people are a feature, not a bug. Visibility is not giving voice to the voiceless, but sinister recruitment. These are the people who actually compare plus-size clothing stores to crack houses. That we need clothing is of no concern to them. They would gladly deny us our most basic necessities in order to “encourage” us to conform to their standards. They are oblivious to the fact that most fat people ARE trying to conform to their standards. They are oblivious to the fact that most fat people feel compelled to welcome their oppressors because they have be told that is all they are allowed to do. They hold fat acceptance in utter contempt and have warped their notion of fat acceptance to include any fat person anywhere who dares to exist. They would deny visibility. They would deny us a voice. They would deny us representation. They would deny us mere existence.
It does not take much to earn their wrath, but it is still well earned. Whether earned for fighting publicly for fat peoples’ rights or for just being publicly fat, their ire is earned by being genuinely and truly virtuous. It sucks that it takes so little to cause the tantrums of trolls, but it is a reminder of how powerful even small acts of resistance can be against a status quo with the gall to act put upon as it disenfranchises millions. It reminds us that even small acts wield great power. Kudos to all fat people who wield that power.