What’s Happenin’ —
It occurred to me that perhaps we need an introduction page for our little community for those who fall into our clutches without expectations, including our various policies that are scattered throughout our vast archives.
We’ve had a few people pop in who blurt out random bigotry and/or ignorance, and it may help the dimmer among us to stay focused if we installed some sort of How To manual to set expectations.
Let’s start with the name: why Fierce, Freethinking Fatties?
What’s so great about being a Fatty, anyway? And isn’t Fierce just another word for asshole? And who wants to be Freethinking, considering considering this.
Well, the thing is, as a fat person, I am personally sick of the crap society thinks that I deserve to endure because of my size. If unhealthy lifestyle choices gives us license to be complete and utter assholes to others, then sign me up for the Temperance Movement because you drunk bastards are all sorts of recklessness, self-destruction and death.
But as a society, we generally respect the right of others to get drunk, so long as they aren’t driving or bugging me. Some of the biggest fat hating assholes I know are also some of the biggest alcoholics I know, and at some point you and I are going to have to pay for his liver replacement.
We don’t analyze how many drinks the drunkest people at the bar are. We don’t steal furtive glances at the barflies along the stools. We don’t have 4-part documentaries sponsored by HBO, the CDC, the NIH, the First Lady, the United Nations, NATO, the Bilderberg Group and the ghost of Jack LaLanne (or his teetotaling equivalent). We don’t have First Ladies going on Celebrity Rehab and talking about what an inspiration Amy Fisher is.
This is what we call a folk devil. When there’s a panic about some moral issue that is supposedly rending the very fabric of our nation, be it women, minorities, immigrants, drug addicts, sexual liberation, juvenile delinquents, Heavy Metal and whatever else Rush is against now.
If the reason for panic (health and social costs) is not applied to comparable “problems,” then there’s something else driving the stagecoach, people.
In this case, society’s response to the obesity panic is largely fueled by a cultural contempt for the personification of gluttony and sloth (in this case, fat bodies), which have their roots in our Puritan foundation.
Culminating in Twiggy, the 91-pound model and sex symbol from the 1960s.
The 1960s saw the modern incarnation of diet culture, which has become an $80 billion dollar industry with ZERO results.
So, we, the Fierce, Freethinking Fatties, are done buying into all of this crap, and we are looking to change the way society looks at us, and treats us, and we will not rest until the panic comes to an end.
Our contribution toward that end is this blog, which provides Fresh, Daily Content, Monday through Friday, and TOTALLY FREE access to our vast archive, which was a headache to navigate up to now.
First and foremost, take a moment to acquaint yourself with our tabs above, which include the following sections:
- Diet Talk — Many people who are involved in the Fat Acceptance movement have spent a lifetime dieting in the pursuit of thinness and have zero interest in you and your fool proof way to melt away the pounds. They’ve heard it, they’ve tried it, they’ve tossed the book. But we believe that the subject of weight loss and dieting must be addressed directly, both from a medical and cultural standpoint. So, how do we balance these two communities? How do we allow people to talk about dieting, including their own experience, without irritating the crap out of everyone? Apart from the Ratings system we developed, our Diet Talk page is intended to set the groundwork for productive, proselytism-free discussion.
- Fatties — Who’s behind this impressive monstrosity?
- Hall of FFFFame — Past Fatties whose contributions we’ll always appreciate.
- Join Us — All of our Fatties started out just like you, wondering if they had the moxie to write for FFFs, and it turns out they all did. Here’s where to find out the simple process for joining our team.
- Let It Out — You need a place to vent and we’ve got a comment board. Let loose, my friend.
- Philosophy — What inspired all of this?
- Ratings — We developed our Ratings system to deal with the various experiences and interests of our community. Some people have a history of eating disorders, while others just don’t care about health news. At a glance, you’ll be able to know what general topics the post contains with an at-a-glance color-coded rating buttons. This page also grants you access to our archives, organized by the ratings. Want to read about eating disorders or health news? This is where to search our archives for the subjects of interest.
- Themes — Each day, we feature a different theme for our posts. For instance, today is TMI Tuesday, because there’s a crapload of information in this post. You can read a summary of all the themes, or submit your own, as well as search the archive by theme.
Feel free to comment on any posts from the past, as our posts are always live.
However, be forewarned: if you have a problem with us and intend to write some sort of sharp, incisive attack on us for being stoopid fatties, let me save you some time.
We’ve had one persistent troll who has crapped in the punchbowl for everyone. This became the first time we had to use the unofficial policy known as the Asshole Rule. In an attempt to prevent censorship, we tell people that if you’re being an intentional asshole and five people tag you an asshole in a comment, then your comment is removed. If you have three comments removed, then you earn a permaban.
Thanks to modern technology, certain trolls like to use IP proxies to bypass our ban, which ultimately led to our latest policy, the Clear and Present Asshole Rule. Should you type out your epithets one hairy knuckle at a time, sparing no vulgar cliché, and I, as Chief Fatty, deem you a clear and present asshole, then I delete your comment immediately and henceforth.
UPDATE: I have no installed a moderation wall. The first time you comment, it will be moderated. After that, you can comment as much as you want.
That being said, neither the Asshole Rule nor the Clear and Present Asshole Rule is intended to limit dissent.
Au contraire, mon frère.
This policy is intended to preserve our pleasant, troll-free community, in order to provide a forum for discussing this complicated and incredibly interesting subject.
Personally, I enjoy discussing the medical aspects and have written exhaustive responses to critics (including Dan Savage) in an attempt to present the evidence supporting our view. So, if you have a differing viewpoint, please share, but expect us to insist on substantiation other than “but diabetes!”
And that’s about all you need to know to navigate Fierce, Freethinking Fatties, although this tutorial is subject to change as needed.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at atchka at hotmail.
Thank you for stopping by, and we hope you enjoy your visit to our little corner of the Fatopshere.