So. I'm sorry if some of you guys have commented and it hasn't come through to me. :( Hopefully this post isn't the same!
So, on to the nonsense. I went shopping today with Jewlia Goulia and we had a blast as usual. It was great to spend time with her! I told her about an article I read because of one of my favorite bloggers over at Casual Blasphemies. You can read her contempt for the crap article here. I'm warning you, it's not pretty. This article is a supposed "ettiquite guide" in dealing with obese people. It gives such jewels of advice as:
- When extending invitations, avoid situations where there are only folding chairs. Chairs without arms are easier to get on and off. Couches can be scary.
- Check that restaurants have chairs without arms, and tables rather than booths.
- Be wary of activities that require a lot of walking or standing. You would do the same for anyone with a walker or wheelchair.
- Suggest that you are the one who needs to stop for a rest, if you're walking with an obese person. It doesn't have to be obvious.
So. Let me get this straight. Anyone who isn't obese should keep these things in mind for obese people, right? Okay. So, apparently all obese people are terrified of couches, so maybe we should all get really really tall ones that are built like a brick. Or maybe just piles of bricks. With really strong, supportive mortar, and thick pillows on the top. That would hold. We should definitely never expect an obese friend to be able to sit in a chair with arms, that's just cruel. Folding chairs are totally unacceptable, 'cause obviously anyone who is obese would crush one to smithereens. But now I'm confused, 'cause chairs without arms are easier to get on and off? Wait. Does that mean easier to pull off of an obese ass after it's come up with the person, or easier to get up off of the chair itself?
Okay. So, we should also call ahead to restaurants to verify their seating situation, so as to avoid a booth-crushing episode. In the same light, we should also be sure to assume that any and all of our obese friends are incapable of walking moderate to long distances. No more shopping at the mall, going to the zoo or walking around to see nice holiday lights in other neighborhoods. We should treat them like they're handicapped! Let's be sure to find the closest parking spaces when we visit places. We should also make sure to have walkers and canes on hand, just in case they look like they're going to fall over from pure exhaustion at any point.
And so as to not make a spectacle of their obese condition, we should definitely be fake and patronizing, and suggest that we are the ones who need to stop and take a walking break, just in case we somehow end up in a situation that requires us to move. After all, all people who are obese are incapable of exercise, and definitely can't walk around without taking a break.
This article is a ridiculous shame. It starts out with the intent being pretty decent... as in, let's try to make the world more aware that treating people like shit based on their appearance is a crap thing to do. Yes. I'm on board with that. But then it turns into a sorry excuse for an article and perpetuates the idea that you can assume someone's physical abilities based on their appearance.
Anyone else want to send this woman a letter? 'Cause I'm pretty sure that fat people are more than capable of exercise, and yes, that includes (gasp!) walking. I don't think I've ever heard ANY obese person say that couches scare them, or ever make references to various types of seating as "need-to-avoid." And I'm also pretty damn sure that obese individuals do NOT need fake assed favors.