Monday, January 17, 2011

The Fat Body (In)visible

This documentary about being a fat woman is a must-watch. It should not surprise me that people judge the humanity of others based on appearance. But it still does shock me. This is a good thing, I think. I would hate to become jaded about bias and hatred--to think it normal or expected.

I like these women. They simply seem likable. And smart. And they are beautiful. Oh, to have the one interviewee's pretty, clear skin. And I love her retro style. It is depressing that some people won't value them for who they are, but will only see "fat."

And I tell you, as a woman who more closely resembles the naked bodies in this video than the ones we usually see, I love the opening and closing photo montages of large bodies. It is beautiful to see curves and rolls and folds presented lovingly as beautiful. Because you know most women have these things, but they are airbrushed away thereby convincing us that our bodies are wrong.

What do you think?

(via Where There's A Will There's A Way)

Some images NSFW

the fat body (in)visible from Margitte Kristjansson on Vimeo.


Kendra said...

Thank you so much for posting this. What a great doc.

Rosa said...

That was awesome!

I came to the FA movement through Marilyn Wann's book Fat!So? She really taught me that being fat didn't mean that I had to neglect myself or engage in self-hatred. Just that little bit of knowledge changed my life tremendously.

When I first encountered Wann online, I was in college and I had become used to people not sitting next to me in class. Sometimes, in large lecture halls, people wouldn't even sit in the same row I sat in, even when I was sitting in the middle of the row with eight or ten seats on either side of me. It was awful, isolating. Even though I was hyper-visible (people were obviously seeing me enough to make the decision to avoid me), I was made to feel invisible via that isolation. It's a strange feeling, that. Add to that the discrimination that I faced as a smart brown girl...ay yi yi. I'm surprised I even made it out of bed in the mornings!

So what I mean to say is: Thanks for posting this documentary! I love seeing smart, honest, likeable fat chicks (like me!).

windy city girl said...

Excellent documentary! Thanks for sharing. I agree with Jessica's comment that people are intimidated by someone with a fat, confident body.

msladydeborah said...

What a documentary this is. I love the atttitude and style of the women featured in this film.

It is unfortunate that people do not want to be accepting of others just as they are. There are women that I know who are not nearly as positive minded as these two are about their bodies. Feeling good about yourself is what's important.

LilySea said...

Thanks, this was great. I do think both of these women are hotties.
It's so weird how anti-fat our culture has become in recent decades. Really, women are supposed to be round. Curves are sexy!

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty overweight myself and people can say hurtful things, but the fact is that it's very, very UNHEALTHY to be obese. So while it's good that we all accept each other for who we are we should never "accept" obesity, or make it seem like it's alright. Obesity shortens lives, burdens the healthcare system, and hurts the environment.

So I guess, obese people are not bad but obesity is bad.

Mer said...

Love the sinner, hate the sin, eh, Anonymous?

I really do home you come back and share with us what's so INCREDIBLY UNHEALTHY about being fat, once you ignore the presumption that fatness with no other symptoms is a disease all by itself.

tripodanything said...

What an eye-opener. As Rosa said, the paradox between hyper-visibility and invisiblising behaviour is so astounding and hateful.

rikyrah said...

that was a pretty thoughtful piece. both women were quite smart, and I loved it.


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