Thursday, 10 July 2014

Linda Kelsey, Why I am FAT and UNASHAMED.



I don't read The Daily Mail and there is a reason for this. I am not an idiot. 

But this morning, someone sent me a link to something on The Daily Mail Online that really made me see red.

Oh look, it is a fat-shaming article.

Have a read if you must. Personally, I wouldn't even click through. I will pick out some quotes and probably use some swear words, kick stuff and then ask your opinion, you know the drill here.

Linda Kelsey (nope, I don't know either) asks, Why are today's young women so unashamed about being fat?

Here is the opening paragraph,

"Standing in the queue for airport security at Luton last week, en route to Malaga and my fortnight in the sun, I became transfixed by the three young women in front of me.
All in their early 20s, they were laughing and chatting, clearly looking forward to their hols on the Costa del Sol, excitedly planning their days on the beach and nights on the town.
They sounded - and looked - happy and carefree. But what mesmerised me most about this jolly trio was not their conversation, but their appearance: they were size 18 apiece, at least"

Size 18?????????

Ms Kelsey makes it seem as if they should be ashamed to leave the house. Size 18? So many GLORIOUS women I know are a size 18. (and yes, I count myself in with those women) 

Just in case Ms Kelsey didn't grab you with her opening paragraph, she makes it more than clear with her next paragraph how she feels.

"They were not chubby, but fat. They had bulging bellies and billowing pillows of back and shoulder stuffing, punctured by flabby arms and lardy legs that no amount of fake-tan could disguise.
And what struck me even more forcefully about these lumpen individuals (there were dozens more, equally large, in the queue behind me) was how obviously unconcerned they were about it"

Ohhhhhhhhh, Fat-shaming. Shape Shaming, JUST SHAMING. I see what Linda Kelsey is doing here.

It has to beg the question,

Jan Moir, Liz Jones and Samantha Brick and now Linda Kelsey. Do the Daily Mail just have one female writer that they regenerate Doctor Who style whenever the public gets bored by them?

Because this woman is just recycling old articles in an offensive manner, purely for the hell of it.

I am a size 18.

I am TOTALLY UNCONCERNED by my weight, I love my curves. I am more confident now than I have ever been and I WILL NOT CONFORM TO YOUR ILL-INFORMED AND COMPLETELY INTOLERANT IDEA OF BEAUTY. 

You finish your article Ms Kelsey by saying we should call a fat girl a fat girl.

I say we should call a bitch a bitch.

And you, madame, ARE A BITCH. No apology required.


Big Fashionista x x x



Here is the link to the Daily Mail article if you really want to want to read it,  personally, I wouldn't give them the satisfaction of seeing their click bait trash rise to the top of their page. CLICK BAIT TRASH



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22 comments

  1. Maybe if she spent less time worrying about what other women are doing with their bodies she'd have more time to be a decent human being! Silly cow.

    Jess xo

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  2. I think the Fail is the most disgusting, divisive piece of shit in print. The sensible among us know this and yet there are people buying it and reading their online bollocks in droves. The idiots that write for them are working to an agenda of hate and get paid to do so, but why why why are people still buying it?

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  3. I am a fat girl, a size 20/22 ish these days and am I ashamed about this YES!! I hate my fat stomach and the fact that I cannot control my eating. Would Ms Kelsey see this if she were to spot me in a line of other people, of course not. I slap on my happy face and get on with it just like everyone else. Maybe Ms Kelsey would like us to wear sacks of shame or little boards with a written apology on it for offending the eyes of 'normal decent human beings', or maybe Miss Kelsey can just crawl back in here hole and leave us fat girls the fuck alone!!!

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  4. Eurgh! Just read that article and she is just as you say. What an awful woman saying all those things.

    It is clear she is out to bully people and so many people seem to agree with her in the comments. Everyone is different and people need to accept that. We whinge if people are too skinny or too fat, but seriously people need to concentrate on themselves rather than others... build a bridge and get over it Linda as your opinion is not valid!

    Also where is the mention of men in this??! There are tonnes of overweight men that she fails to mention because woman prefer to accept themselves and stick to trends rather than hide away in huge clothes. She makes me angry and I do not like her!! :|

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  5. Well she can get fucked.
    Do you know what else is unattractive and unhealthy? Bitches like her shaming other women for having the confidence to not give a flying fuck about her narrow minded bullshit opinions.

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  6. what an utter cockwomble! there is no other word to describe this individual...... and has being slim made her a happier, better person?? No, it has made her a bile filled, egotistical, bitter harridan.... nuff said!

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  7. Whenever I read something along these lines I question the individual writing it, I understand when people base an article around health because obviously being overweight is always unhealthy but to write in childish slang about peoples bodies is disgusting. Daily Mail is for one thing, offence and attention. Fuck her.



    Sam xo

    sjmcdf

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  8. Fat is not a word that is insulting me. I am fat. Just like some people are thin and some people are brunette.

    The daily fail thrive on the fact that they cause so much controversy, hence the reason they keep getting these horrid women to write for them.

    I dread to think how fucked up their kids are!

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  9. I can't even. These girls sounds fabulous and it fills me with pure joy that they are approaching life with a 'carefree' and 'unconcerned' manner. I know I want a drop of that confidence... x

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  10. "And you, madame, ARE A BITCH. No apology required." - brilliant! :)

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  11. I find it hilarious that she even continued the thing after saying they were happy. How very dare any one that is not Kate Moss skinny be happy, we should all hate ourselves?! I think this woman needs to go to an eating disorders clinic and see how terribly sick and unhappy people like her make young girls. What a rude and careless person. I hope her holiday was rubbish.

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  12. Why does anyone feel the need to body snark about anyone? Too fat, too thin, big nose, a dimple in the wrong place by a nano meter. SICK OF IT!
    I'm overweight, size 18 ish, sometimes a 16, sometimes a 20 ( no, I have no idea why either). I have lost 6 stone over the past 2 years, so I'm bloody proud of myself. No dieting was involved, just more exercise :) So losing weight can be done, but I'm pretty happy with how I look now, yeah ok, I have days where I detest half of me, but most of the time I'm pretty damn happy, until I get asked when I'll lose more weight... Who knows? Maybe I won't, perhaps the size I am now is indeed the size I'm supposed to be. Plus what the flying wotsit does it actually have to do with anyone else if I need to lose weight. Is my extra fattage attacking them when I'm not looking? Does it creep off me in the middle of the night and go on a killing spree? Would I be culpable if it was? Crap, I've worried myself now.
    The woman who wrote the article needs to look at herself and find out why she is so desperately unhappy with herself that she feels the need to judge and condemn anyone who doesn't fit her ideals. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colours.
    People need to start learning that people are all different, all individuals and not mass produced in a factory.


    I'm still worrying about my flabby parts wandering off to go on a killing spree.....

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  13. What a vile person. So she's basically saying that fat people shouldn't be happy and should be ashamed? What an absolute unintelligent, disgusting human being! Makes my blood boil!

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  14. The DM article is one of the most appalling things I have ever read.

    It assumes that all larger ladies consume nothing but junk food, never exercise and are unhealthy. Nothing could be further from the truth for me. I am in great health, exercise each day and eat only healthy food, with the occasional sweet treat.

    Linda Kelsey should be force-fed burgers for 24 hours!

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  15. I read the article about an hour ago and am simply disgusted by her attitude. As someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I cannot believe how insignificant she seems to believe EDs are. She concedes that yes 'eating disorders can kill' but then quickly moves on to list every possible known illness ever associated with obesity. Yes my dear, eating disorders do kill. In fact it is the highest cause of death of people between the ages of 15 and 25; they are 12 times more likely to kill than any other cause of death for people of that age, yes including car accidents. When you restrict your intake your body will get the energy it needs from just about anywhere which means your heart and other vital organs, your bones, teeth, and a whole host of other things you really need to stay intact. this leads to osteoporosis, stress fractures, electrolyte imbalances, heart failure...need I go on?
    There has also been a lot of research lately that proves obesity is NOT a causal factor of many disease states as it has so often thought to be. For example, 48% of patients with diabetes are not obese [K. Slynkova et al, 2006]. The fact that most research into such topics is funded by pharmaceutical companies also makes me question their validity; like most things these days, health, unfortunately, is a business. Most of the article was filled with condescending, outdated beliefs of how being fat immediately causes a whole host of illness and diseases and we should all be ashamed of ourselves. If she cannot see the many young women I see being ravaged by mental illnesses and body image issues then I don't know where she is looking because I sure can. I see far too many people daily over-exercising and under-fueling and it's a slippery slope. What this woman saw was a refreshing sight of young girls being comfortable in their skin and happily anticipating a holiday. I'm not appalled by them - I'm completely envious. I would love to be that happy with my body, and hope to some day be as such. People like her need to seriously back off and mind their own damn business. Slim, fat, black, white, muslim, christian, mormon, whatever..they're all just labels. I once read 'You are not fat, you have fat. You have fingernails also, but this does not mean you are fingernails.' how true indeed. (apologies for the long post, rant over now!)

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  16. Nope, not going to read that. I think your last dress post shows just how fucking fabulous and gorgeous you are, a size 18 is nothing to be ashamed about. Actually I hate that - "a size 18". That's not a person. A person isn't a size. A person is a human being, it doesn't matter what the labels on their clothes say. I don't know what the author of that piece of writing looks like, but she has an ugly soul.

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  17. She's clearly got an empty life. Better to be curvy and happy than a skinny hate filled...

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  18. The article boiled my piss no end, but then I know the Daily (Hate) Mail LOVES stirring it up. They're as misogynistic as fuck. They hate all women (that much is evident from the constant articles slagging women off for being 'too' thin or 'too' fat) because OF COURSE, they have the final say about how much women are allowed to like themselves. Right. The thing which makes me want to weep the most is that there's a seemingly never ending line of women happy to bring other women down. Sadly misogyny isn't just a male problem, there are a hell of a lot of women who hate other women. Kelsey is just another drone in a line of Katie Hopkins and Samantha Bricks. There will be more after Linda Kelsey has found herself drained dry of bile towards her fellow woman.

    Also, without wanting to get into a war of words with another of your commenters, I wanted to address something. A lady further up thread said: "....because obviously being overweight is always unhealthy."

    Maybe she (and many other people) don't realise that the diet industry in the US is worth 66 BILLION DOLLARS a year at last count, and they fund a HUGE amount of studies into diet and health. 66 billion dollars buys you a hell of a lot of influence, and you do realise that if they said being fat is healthy no one would want to eat their highly processed cardboard diet food, right? The diet industry has a vested interest in putting out data which suggests being fat will make you grow a third eye and die aged 27 if you can pinch an inch. Simply put, the fear of fat is a win-win for these people. If you lose weight, yay, their products work, and if they don't well fatty you just didn't try hard enough, here have another go. They make their money off their propaganda, and sadly almost everyone is taken in by it, and so the cycle perpetuates. Who needs advertising when 'being overweight is always unhealthy' is on the lips of everyone?! Every fat person who goes to see their GP faces being treated for fatness instead of the complaint they went with because fatphobia is so prevalent.

    Statistics show that over 5 years 95% of diets will fail, and that repeated dieting results in putting more and more weight on each time. I'm a product of a million failed diets, put on my first one before the age of 10 years old. Yes, I was dieting well before puberty. I was on a diet for almost 30 years of my life and am now considered DEATH FAT as in morbidly obese, and do you know what? My blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are all fantastic, so much so it really pisses doctors off.

    You have to take all things into account when gauging health. For instance, if someone puts their nose into my business telling me I'm unhealthy when they smoke, drink heavily, take drugs etc. then I'm going to lie on the floor pissing myself with mirth since I do none of those, yet the size of my body deems everyone and their dog a supposed expert on what I put into my body and how often I move it.

    TL;DR - There's research out there about fatness and health, do educate yourselves. Healthy habits make healthy bodies at all sizes.

    Kellie, sorry for the frigging essay. x x

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  19. Well I shall get my fatkini on and wiggle my big fat ass in her face with a side serving of fuck you!! x

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  20. How brilliant that young women are obviously so confident in their bodies. Many aren't, because of articles like this! I cannot stand the Daily Mail...

    http://www.jessicainyourear.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  21. What a dick.

    I can just about tolerate articles that talk about the health concerns that sometimes go along with being overweight but simply shaming someone because of their appearance is down right wrong.

    Good on those girls going off on holiday and enjoying themselves. Fuck people who think you can only be skinny to have fun or love your body.

    I genuinely fear for humanity sometimes.

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