Happy Saturday Everyone! FerociousFem here and it is GAME DAY for the dukes! You can catch me at the game but I’ll be working concessions! *insert sad overwhelmed face here*. Anyways.
This past week JMU’s finest diversity educators of the D.E.E.P. Empowerment program stole the stage and the conversation on campus with the topic of Sizeism. Sizeism is defined as prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of person’s size. The dialogue’s purpose was to educate the audience on the movement #HAES (Health At Every Size) and to educate the audience on various injustices that people of size face daily.
The event started as the facilitators introduced potaoism, where the small group facilitators passed around two potatoes and had every one describe each one with one or a few words. This activity was meant to break the ice of everyone figuring out why they wouldn’t pick one potato over the other and would still essentially get the same result of french fries, mashed potatoes, tater tots, etc.
Each small group had a different topic for the night but the one that really stuck with me was, Fatphobia in the healthcare. Fatphobia is the fear and dislike of obese people and/or obesity. When I first learned of this topic I wondered, what was the necessity of connecting it with healthcare? As I continued research on the topic, I discovered some healthcare professionals are known for blaming and fat-shaming people of size and not only in America but in other countries as well. What is this trend and where did it start? Pictured below are some of the comments people of size have faced and have shared on this website.
It is ridiculous that people of size have to be afraid and nervous to go to a place that is supposed to be a place known for healing. Studies have shown that people of size fail to receive treatment and are afraid to go due to being anxious about being weighed. Another fact from the dialogue that stuck with me was that people of “curvy” stature were more appealing during the great depression because it would mean that they were well off. When did being of size go from being appealing to not?
The dialogue ended with all of the groups coming together and sharing what each group learned, from my perspective, even before I was a part of D.E.E.P. Impact, the work they stand for and what they bring to campus, in my opinion starts conversations that everyone should have. AND, if you have not been to a dialogue, don’t worry there’s another chance, Wednesday, October 10th.
The topic for Wednesday’s event is on Afrofuturism — What does it mean for black people to have a future? Do we have one? Will it exist? If you’re not familiar with the term Afrofuturism then take the chance and meet the Diversity Educators on Wednesday! See ya there! 😉