Fantasy author Dianne Sylvan has a great blog post called 10 Rules for Fat Girls. I particularly like the first: You are not obligated to be thin, healthy, or pretty. The stereotype is that the good fattie is always on a diet, always trying to lose weight or is fat but in good health and exercises regularly. Good fatties get almost equal rights. Bad fatties don't eat right and never exercise, or they just happen to have poor health. They are treated like second class citizens. But if a thin person didn't eat right or exercise or happened to be in poor health, their weight isn't mentioned. Anyone of any shape and size should never been denied their rights based on stereotypical moral values of health.
The other one I liked was #7: Stand up for yourself
A perfect example is model Nancy Upton when saw American Apparel's call for big models (i.e. models who are size 12-14, whoop-de-doo), she submitted her own photos of her with food done in the motif of AA's advertiments as revenge against American Apparel
The company was co-opting the mantra of plus-size empowerment and glazing it with its unmistakable brand of female objectification.
I have long since avoided American Apparel, because they didn't make clothes for me. Now they are apparently offering (if you have a magnifing glass) token size 2x-3xl. Even they are a 2x, I doubt they will fit. I tend to find that plus sizes in stores that cater to thin people tend to run small. Sorry American Apparel you don't impress me with your who uses models who are not artsy but objectification of the female form and your token plus line.
And last but not least, the fat chick that Southwest humilited is fighting back! The woman known as Athia was forced to buy a second seat on a southwest flight, even though she flew before without one and was willing to sit with her aunt and uncle. When Southwest found out they didn't have a seat for another passenger, they hastily refunded her money to get back that extra seat.
For her humalition she received a $150 "luv bucks" voucher to fly Southwest again. Instead of giving in, she decided to create her own love bucks to send to Southwest.
Southwest tried to pacify me with $150 airfare. They completely disregarded my concerns and dismissed my experience. That's not okay.
I've decided to send Southwest airlines my own version of their "LUV" bucks. I'm going to send them "LOVE" Bucks so they can buy some Dignity, Compassion, Integrity, and Decency. Fake money ftw!
If you'd like to join me in letting them know what you think, you can tweet your Love Bucks to @southwestair, post it on their FB page, send it to their email or to hq at:
P.O. Box 36647-1CR
Dallas, Texas 75235
Remember Fat Chicks, win or lose, always fight back!