So the excellent dancer, writer and activist Ragen Chastain (of Dances With Fat (http://www NULL.danceswithfat NULL.org)) saw an ad for Australia’s version of “The Biggest Loser,” in which the contestants bemoaned their empty love lives. The implication, of course, is that if you are larger than whatever “normal” is this week, you don’t deserve love and affection and companionship and sex.
Ragen is really good at organizing things so she pulled together a bunch of women who went on camera and said things like “I’m already loved” and “I already have confidence.” I got to be the video editor, and the whole project went together very quickly.
The resulting response video appears today on Mamamia, one of Australia’s largest online women’s magazines. Here it is for you:
Lipedema patients, no matter what our size or weight, by our body shape tend to attract the attention of people who think they need to tell others how to “fix” their bodies. There’s a lot of fat hatred out there. I’m a great big girl and I get my share of it. And at times like this, when I’m in mourning and my romantic hopes have fizzled again, I need the message of this video as much as anyone.