Fat Activism Gone Right... or Wrong?
Okay, so there's something going on with the media machine and the fabulousness of fat girls, who are apparently the next big thing. (Why do bad puns come so easily?)
Last week Times Online's Lisa Armstrong gave props to Beth Ditto (The Gossip) for being an up-and-coming fashion icon who is turning the industry "upside down", "smashing taboo", and being lauded as a role model for women who have a more plentiful physique. This week two more stories broke about fat acceptance in our size-obsessed society.
After being refused entry into a West Hollywood nightclub, Lisa Marie Garbo opened a posh club of her own that provides a judgment-free environment for a plus-sized crowd to dance ‘til dawn and size-hating is checked at the door. Club Bounce sounds pretty freakin’ cool, right?
The other bit of news, which rang my skeptic’s alarm, is that Fox is casting for a new, supposedly fat-friendly reality-dating show, which they’re calling "More to Love." In the vein of "The Bachelor," the show will feature several "average-looking" women vying for the affection of one "average-looking" man. The producers are hyping it with the mantra 'fat girls are lovable too', but I'm suspicious about the potential for a twist that may involve modelesque women stealing the show (and the guy) from the more hearty ladies.
Is this feminist fat activism at work or just another way to make fun of those of us with junk in our trunks?
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