Extra Flesh Discrimination

Monday, February 26, 2007
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If being fat is having “extra flesh,” so be it. This article is a bit about the NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance).

By the way, Peggy Howell, a spokesperson for extra fleshy people, says that “public health campaigns against obesity reflect a meanness toward overweight people.” No, they don’t. These campaigns reflect the totalitarian nature of the state and the controlling nature of many of the individuals within.

Now what does NAAFA do?

In San Francisco, NAAFA took on Jazzercise in 2002 when a 240-pound aerobics instructor was about to be fired by the company.

Jazzercise reached an agreement under which the firm dropped its requirement that instructors look fit. In the settlement, Jazzercise said: “Recent studies document that it may be possible for people of varying weights to be fit. Jazzercise has determined that the value of ‘fit appearance’ as a standard is debatable.”

Then we discover that “NAAFA has been unsuccessful in its fight to keep airlines, which include Southwest, Northwest and US Airways, from charging overweight people for two seats when an additional seat is needed to accommodate the passenger.” In other words, the organization advocates telling private businesses how they can charge for services. But the truth is that fat people take away the very limited space of their neighbors on planes. Thus we are to believe that consumers who PAID for THEIR seats should be robbed of their limited comfort so as to accomodate someone whose fat extra flesh hangs over two neighboring seats?

A couple of months ago I experienced my worst nightmare: sitting next to an obscenely obese person on a plane, on a very long flight. I sat in the bulkhead (this man could not have fit anywhere else) in the aisle seat, and the center seat was occupied by a man who was 6’7″ (he told me) and close to 400 pounds. What an awful, awful, awful time. I think, mentally, I was in tears the whole flight. It was a most obscene and stressful experience. The guy’s fat arms were hanging so far over into my seat that I had to stick my book over the armrest, into the aisle, in order to be able to see it and read it. The man kept apologizing – he was genuinely sorry he was fucking up my whole flight – but he was too huge to be on any plane. I was furious that the airline was willing to sell a seat next to this man without discounting the price severely.

Then here comes the kicker from this story: Just like any other civil rights legislation, Howell believes there should be a federal law banning discrimination against the overweight.

Ah, how does she suppose that could be enforced?

A last quote from the story:

Chairs in waiting rooms are often too small, she said. So are blood pressure cuffs. Needles often aren’t long enough to draw blood. Examination tables aren’t bolted down, causing embarrassing accidents for fat patients.

Doctors have been known to forgo writing prescriptions that could alleviate pain, say for a bad back, and just tell overweight patients their ailments will go away if they will just lose weight.

“It’s still hard to believe in the United States people allow it to go on,” Howell said.

Not bolting down examination tables and making available needles that are long enough to dive through a half-dozen fat extra flesh rolls on its way into a vein……..indeed, a travesty that we all do nothing and instead “allow this to go on.” So much for self-ownership and responsibility to oneself. These people are no better than the anti-obesity activists that clamor for government intervention: they can’t even control themselves, yet they demand government legislation that allows them control over others.

Thanks to Doug French for the FYI.

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