My favorite bit is as follows:
Now, don't go getting the wrong impression: I have a few friends who could be called plump. I'm not some size-ist jerk.
(As an aside I am a little peeved that anyone gets paid to write this shit.)
It seems to me that Maura Kelly like so many other people don't know what the word jerk means. So for reference:
Webster's says this:
Slang. a contemptibly naive, fatuous, foolish, or inconsequential person.
So while professing her not-jerkiness we are treated to statements like:
So anyway, yes, I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.
So you're not sizeist at all, nope you're no jerk but you think fat people are ever so terrible that your delicate senses could not deal with them "doing anything".
Yes, Maura that is being a jerk.
It also contradicts your admonition that if the fatties would only move and learn how to read labels, they wouldn't be so fat and gross and you'd feel better.
So because someone else's body who has nothing to do with you, is not up to your personal aesthetic standards, oh no it's all bad right?
That's not jerky at all.
And about that obesity costs us all so much money.
This argument is disingenuous at best and deadly at worst.
I find this argument disingenuous because I have never seen someone who proffers obesity as an expensive epidemic treat say someone who runs on concrete and later suffers cartilage loss or other joint injuries the same way.
I have never heard anyone who proffers this argument say the same about someone who perhaps like me is not healthy on a vegetarian diet and does it anyway.
I'll give you an example.
The other day a couple of people standing behind me were talking about running. The man said something about having just had his third ankle surgery and that he was off of his physical therapy to do a marathon. The woman he was speaking to lauded his "bravery" and asked how he'd hurt his ankles the first three times.
He responded that the first time had been while training for a you guessed it marathon and that he had returned to training before he was ready and lo and behold re-injured himself not once, not twice, but three times.
The woman ooh'd and aww'd over his "dedication".
How is that behavior seemingly okay, but me just walking around being fat is absolutely not?
If I never have injuries that I cause myself, why am I the enemy here? Why do I get stuck with some imaginary bill?
Thus I find this argument to be bullshit.
Furthermore it's damaging. If you spend so much time complaining and blaming a set of people for all the worlds fucking health woes, it stands to reason that those people would seek less health care. A lot of people take that bullshit really fucking personally.
And I don't care what size you are, going without medial treatment can be deadly at the worst and best case scenario (barring never having any health problems) is living with suffering or getting so catastrophically ill that yes, your treatment become hugely expensive.
Maura, I will level with you. Yes you personally. Your cavalier attitude and amazingly ego centric idea that you're not being a jerk is sad. You are the type of person that angers me far more than your average troll because you are blithely hurtful.
But it's just like obese people not kind of plump people so it's all right right?
People like you who assume that you can talk about people however you want because, oh hey you're being ever so helpful, you know what stop.
Yes, Maura you are being a sizeist jerk. You're also being an ableist, classist jerk.
(I'm happy to give you some nutrition and fitness suggestions if you need them — but long story short, eat more fresh and unprocessed foods, read labels and avoid foods with any kind of processed sweetener in them whether it's cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup, increase the amount of fiber you're getting, get some kind of exercise for 30 minutes at least five times a week, and do everything you can to stand up more — even while using your computer — and walk more. I admit that there's plenty that makes slimming down tough, but YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me. It will take some time, but you'll also feel so good, physically and emotionally. A nutritionist or personal trainer will help — and if you can't afford one, visit your local YMCA for some advice.)
Do you have any clue that the world is not filled with people exactly like you? That some of your readers may not be able to walk more no matter what they want to do. That some of your readers could be disabled and therefor your advice is really just a kick in the crotch? Did you ever think that there are people who don't have access to a lot of the ever so good foods you talk about? Or who cannot eat a diet higher in fiber? Who cannot stand up while using their computers? Who cannot afford a nutritionist or personal trainer?
Did you ever stop to think that your condescending attitude is not what people come to Marie Claire for?
Do you have any clue at all that there are a hell of a lot of people who after the things you said are not going to trust you.
To answer your question yes you're a jerk. Thanks for solidifying my reasons to never read Marie Claire again.
I am quite frankly disgusted. I do hope this person learns a lesson from this and looks up from her own navel long enough to become aware that people like her aren't the only people in the world and that the media erasure of fat people make us all cease to exist nor will that stop us from doing things where people with delicate sensibilities can see.