I’m not sure exactly where the phrase “You are too much!” comes from, but for those unfamiliar, it’s usually used when someone goes out of their way to help you, or says something really funny, or does something out of the ordinary. “You are too much!” is typically a good thing, a compliment.
In our culture fat people hear that we’re too much all the time, but absent the complimentary nature. It’s not just those who describe our bodies as fleshy castles or whatever ridiculous fat bashing BS they’re saying. It’s ingrained in our language – overweight, extra space, plus size. The idea being that there are people who deserve to live in a world in which they fit, but at some point (a point which is pretty arbitrarily assigned and different based on who you talk to, or what plane you’re on) we lose that right.
In my blog a couple of days ago I talked about this phenomenon, including the fact that it’s acceptable for hospitals – which were built and stocked by people who know full well that fat people exist – are allowed to simply shrug and tell me that they don’t have beds, or blood pressure cuffs, or equipment, or chairs, or crutches, or wheelchairs, or whatever, that fit me. I saw in a fat hate forum someone say that I said that fat people should have beds that fit us in hospitals and that shows that we want the world to bend over backwards for us.
I’m here to suggest that we do not have to buy into, or feel bad about, this bullshit argument. The question shouldn’t be “why does that fatty have the audacity to suggest that those who provide medical care to the community should have equipment to treat her?” The question should be “How come I can go into any hospital and expect that they’ll have equipment to treat me, but fat people can’t?” A nice follow up question would be “How can I help correct that?”
We are not too much. The world is not yet enough.
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