Wednesday, October 13, 2010

fat talk free.

Anybody heard of Fat Talk Free Week?

According to their facebook page ...

Fat Talk describes all the statements made in everyday conversation that reinforce the thin ideal and contribute to women's dissatisfaction with their bodies. Examples of fat talk include: "I'm so fat," "Do I look fat in this?" "I need to lose 10 pounds" and "She's too fat to be wearing that swimsuit."

Statements that are considered fat talk don't necessarily have to be negative; they can seem positive yet reinforce the need to be thing. E.g., "You look great! Have you lost weight?"

We believe that by eliminating fat talk, we can start to change the conversation about body image.

Like Jane said ... um .. maybe it should be longer than a week? um .. yeah.

We especially like the part of their mission that talks about these sneaky negative-positive remarks. Last week, I was standing outside a banquet hall and a group of young people arrived for a wedding rehearsal. One of the young women was marching around greeting everyone, and with each faux hug (you know the type, t-rex arms that do a quick pat on the shoulder blades?) she would shriek very loudly, "You look .... SKINNY!!!" It felt so ... gross. Not like a compliment should feel.

Fat Talk Free - we're in! (nice job delta delta delta ladies!)

1 comment:

E.Elizabeth said...

Gee, can we make it Fat Talk Free Year? Oh, fellow Providencers, I could really use it.

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