Tomorrow morning I’m going to be speaking about weight-based discrimination in healthcare for a final project in Nursing Leadership. I’ll be joining 4 other radical nurse babes who want to raise awareness about ethical issues in healthcare delivery such as withholding information from patients, age-based discrimination, forced newborn genital cutting, mandatory vaccinations, and patient mismanagement.
Last night I was looking through my tumblr archive for an image to use on my slide for the presentation and I came across this photo. I remember how magical that day was for me and how empowering it was to feel so much love and pride for my body. I can see the joy in my face, and it’s not just because Sarah made me laugh, it’s because I felt no shame. I was truly comfortable in my own skin. And I want every single person who has ever felt shame for their body to experience the empowerment that comes with body positivity and self-acceptance.That’s why this issue is so important to me. One of the studies I read found that 24% of nurses were repulsed by fat patients, and 12% preferred not to touch them (Puhl & Brownell, 2001). That is simply not okay. Some of the patient outcomes of weight-based discrimination are anxiety seeking primary healthcare, and perceived messages of blame and shame. As Marilyn Wann says “you can’t hate people for their own good”, and this is especially important for healthcare providers to remember. We cannot empower people through shame.
You deserve to feel love and respect for your body no matter where you are in your physical, spiritual, and mental health journeys. Your body is not wrong. If you have mood disorders, personality disorders, or addiction, you are not broken. If society and healthcare providers are still struggling to treat you with kindness, dignity, and compassion, I hope you can find a way to give it yourself. I will be here, along with so many amazing body positive warriors, fighting for your right to self-love of the radical variety.
I don’t have an obligation to be healthy, actually, and I don’t have an obligation to rush to assure you that I’m a ‘good fatty’ with great cholesterol and good scores on other health indicators allegedly related to weight. I don’t have an obligation to tell you that fat isn’t correlated with health because I shouldn’t have to justify the existence of fat people by informing you that you don’t understand how fat bodies work, and you’re not familiar with the latest studies on fatness, morbidity and mortality, health indicators, and social trends.
Because fat people have a right to exist, healthy or unhealthy, and this whole argument about health is a red herring. It suggests that if only fat people could prove that fat and health aren’t coupled, they’d be okay. Society is just concerned for us—worried that we’ll be felled too soon, taking our glorious minds into the ground with us to rot, all because we were fat and we refused to take personal responsibility for our fatness.
Here’s the thing, though: fat people have a right to exist, no matter what their health status is, and their health status is both not your business and not evidence to be used when determining whether they should be found wanting. Fatness is just a characteristic, one with which many people have a complex relationship because it’s socially loaded. Your judgement about fat has not been requested, nor is it required.
The Histoire de Curbes, Pulp Fashion Week Show(lle-de-France, France)
I wanna be in one of these model shows :/
here’s hoping there will be super fatties on the runway one day
Sometimes I wish I could model for something like this but then I remember I
- can’t walk in heels
- have a lot of scars on my legs
Walking in heels is an acquired skill and scars can be covered :)
I AM HERE FOR IT … I NEED TO MOVE TO PARIS
I decided to compile sourcedumal's list of Top 50 Sexiest MOC, just because. The list isn't in any particular order and each photo is captioned with the names of each person.
BLESS THIS POST!!!!!!!
I know, right?
Once again cause…DAAAAAAAAMN
10 out or 10. would bang.
Its back on my dash!
And mark your calendars! The Sexiest WOC list will be made on CHRISTMAS!