(Cover art by Jen Lightfoot- www.jenlightfoot.com)
“They don’t make plus size spacesuits” is a furious cry from the heart, a radical turn away from utopian day dreaming of future body perfection to center a fat perspective instead.
Ali invites people to experience a fictional version of a few of the many ways that fatphobia can manifest in a life. The ways that the people closest to fat people can subject them to tiny betrayals on a near constant basis. The disdain that piles up over the years, until it all becomes too large to bear.
And while some of the fatphobic tech in these stories may seem outrageous and downright unbelievable, it is all based on extrapolations of so-called “advances” by the diet industry, as they search for ever more efficient ways to starve people.
The modern day worship of Health promises a future peopled only by the thin, a world where the War on Fatness is won and only visually acceptable bodies remain.
What will that future mean for the fat people who will inevitably still continue to exist?
Ali Thompson is a recurring contributor to the National Eating Disorders Association blog.
Articles authored by Ali Thompson include-
4 Ways Fat People Need to Be Included in Reproductive Justice at Everyday Feminism
Parks and Recreation: How Fatphobia is Invisible at BitchFlicks
Is the mind something separate from the body? at the NEDA blog