'Fat-Shaming Week' Is Horrible, But the Responses to It Are Genius
So apparently, "Fat-Shaming Week" is a thing, a terrible thing for the most obvious reasons, started by a men's-rights website named Return of Kings.
Created by pickup artist "Roosh V", the site's hypermasculine ethos forbids women and gay men from participating in its comments section, and proudly displays articles with titles like, "5 Reasons Fat Girls Don't Deserve Love" and "Obamacare Just Means More Free Sh** for Women."
There are other titles just like those, so many others as a matter of fact, but you get the picture.
The site's female-targeted body-shaming campaign was started on Twitter several days ago, with its own handle, @fatshamingweek. The tweets posted and retweeted by the handle are expectedly awful, and while the participants appear to be predominantly male, there are some women joining in as well. But their sentiments aren't going to get any more attention here.
The real story is the responses that some on Twitter have had to the campaign, retorts that are empowering, funny and sharp—and especially appropriate considering it's National Bullying Prevention Month. These are some of the best.
It's #FatShamingWeek on twitter, because apparently "Reenacting Scenes From Lord of the Flies Week" was too verbose.— Buck Lightning (@Uncle_Reb) October 10, 2013
Apparently it's #fatshamingweek and my body offends a bunch of dudes on the internet. GOOD. BRING ME YOUR MALE TEARS— Scarie Sakura (@likecrazypaving) October 10, 2013
So I got some butter out of my fridge and scolded it, but it doesn't seem too abashed. #FatShamingWeek— Cat Rambo (@Catrambo) October 10, 2013
#FatShamingWeek is a cruel game played by social Darwinist bullies. Bully=coward, gentlemen. Your fathers should have taught you that.— David Bedsole (@dbedsole) October 12, 2013
As both a Catholic & a Jew I've lived my life in "shame"-but never for this #FatShamingWeek BS.— Deirdre Crosse (@DACrosse) October 12, 2013
I love* all these troll account created to take part in FatShamingWeek. Super brave, guys! (*note: I do not love these accounts)— Heidi (@hswindell) October 10, 2013
@femme_esq 50 years ago they would be race shaming.— Rachel Boots Cats (@RachMace) October 10, 2013
Lots of doctors on #fatshamingweek apparently! Wait. Not doctors. Dumb people. There are a lot of dumb people on there. My bad, guys.— nicole tersigni (@nicsigni) October 10, 2013
Must be hard to comprehend that many women are not interested in conforming to heteronormative white beauty ideals. #fatshamingweek— Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) October 10, 2013
It's #FatShamingWeek? I guess I should wait until next week to promote my Abs of Cupcakes DVD.— Serial Kiala (@kiala) October 9, 2013
So after fat shaming week, what's next? Something that focuses hate on another group for no particular reason?— Nicole Mortensen (@BeautyofOz) October 12, 2013