Big Ol’ Rant
It really bothers me when a person conflates fat with being poor, uneducated, or simply ignorant. What does that say about fatness? What does it mean for the intersectionality of all these things to be seen in such a negative light?
I was reading about a graffiti artist who had his work taken by Walmart and sold as “Banksy art” without his permission. I was totally agreeing with him until the interview gets to this point:
"1xRun: You mentioned to us that just a few days ago you started getting email and calls from friends telling you that your art was on Walmart.com – what was you initial reaction, feelings and thoughts?
Eddie Colla: I had a vision of a 400 lb white women[sic] in bike shorts holding a 2 gallon jar of ranch dressing in one arm and an Eddie Colla canvas in the other.” source here
So, Colla has been arguing this whole time about the hypocrisy of Walmart in not following the “Christian, right wing” ideology they espouse (an argument which does bear merit) but then turns around and becomes super prejudiced himself. It totally grossed me out.
It’s actually not overtly apparent in the above quoted comment, but his answer reveals a deep level of ingrained socio-economic and size prejudice. Maybe that’s not the right word. Maybe the word is fear? Maybe the word is bigot.
Colla’s critique is mainly of the corporation, and he does rightly point out that Walmart workers are basically an “underclass” in that they aren’t paid well and Walmart certainly knows how to exploit workers. But why malign the average Walmart customer? Is it because he feels they are part of the problem? And why mention so specifically a 400lb woman in shorts carrying a ridiculous amount of ranch dressing? Are the two related in his mind? Does he think that only by eating that much dressing will one gain that much weight? And why is that frightening, exactly? Is it because that’s not who he pictures purchasing or appreciating his art? Is it because he has certain assumptions about the sort of people who *would* appreciate his art? And, furthermore, i realize it matters to the artists where people purchase her/his work (we all have to eat somehow) and yet, he is somehow “frightened” FIRST not at the thought that Walmart is reaping profits, but that his art is being consumed in much the same way that ranch dressing is being consumed by someone he finds frightening in the first place.
You know, good on him for fighting Walmart for his rights, but he can go fuck himself if he thinks he’s being progressive while espousing this kind of bigotted line of thinking. Just because he’s right about his legal rights doesn’t make him an asshole as a person.
What does a girl like?
It is not a thing a man knows, and a girl will not tell a man an answer.
A man can know what a girl does not like. It is all the things a man likes.
A man likes seeing sporting events. A man likes drinking an alcohol. A man likes having fun and playing a game. A girl does not like these things.
A man can guess what a girl likes. It is probably a thing a man does not have a use for. A girl might like knitting. A girl might like dancing. A girl might like being with a person a girl loves, sitting quietly or speaking gently or touching kindly. These are useless things, but a girl doesn’t like useful things like the things a man likes.
Sometimes a man will do a thing a man likes. This makes a girl angry. Do not fear. A man can make a girl happy by mentioning a useless thing a girl likes or by calling a girl a nice word. Then a girl will be happy and a man can do a thing a man likes in peace.
the struggle is real
its like 1am