Say Something Sunday – Seventh Edition

Say Something SundayIt’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, to personal Size Diversity activism. I’ve got some suggestions below and/or of course you can do your own thing and feel free to leave a comment about it. If you have ideas of things to do for Say Something Sunday I’d also love for you to share those.

I did the math and if everyone who views the blog each week did one piece of Size Diversity Activism a week, it would add up to over 1.5 million body positive messages put out into the world this year.  Multiply that times the number of people who might see each of those messages and things start to increase exponentially. To be very clear, nobody is obligated to do activism so if this doesn’t appeal to you that’s totally cool, I’ll be back tomorrow with your regularly scheduled blog post!

The theme this week is “Take this junk and shove it”  –  telling people to stop sending you weight loss propaganda (as always these are just suggestions, feel free to change them to make them work for you, and if they don’t appeal to you feel free to do your own thing!)

  • Every time you see a diet ad on social media or online etc, click “I don’t want to see this” or “This ad is misleading” or whatever means stop with the dieting crap already.
  • If you get random diet ads e-mailed to you reply and let people know that you aren’t interested/that you believe they are doing people a disservice etc.
  • If you want to do me a favor, e-mail and tell them that you don’t appreciate them spamming the comments on my blog advertising webinars promoting weight loss with ridiculous language saying things like: weight loss is “a touchy, yet important topic that we are brave enough to discuss.” (You keep using that word, “brave.” I do not think it means what you think it means…)
  • If you get diet postcards in the mail return them to sender, or call the company and insist that you be removed from their mailing list.

If you want to do more of this kind of thing, consider joining the Rolls Not Trolls group on Facebook, it’s a group created for the specific purpose of putting body positive things in body negative spaces on the internet and supporting each other while we do that.  It’s a secret group so if you want to join just message me on facebook (I’m Ragen Chastain)

Have a great Say Something Sunday!

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6 thoughts on “Say Something Sunday – Seventh Edition

  1. For my say something Sunday activism I’m going to be emailing all my relatives the following poem I wrote

    Nose in my business, that’s not OK!
    I didn’t ask you anyway!

    Brother is an engineer
    Quoting science about my health
    With no fear
    When my car breaks down or I need a bridge
    I’ll text, until then keep it down a smidge.

    Sis was pre-med, but a pilot now
    Says thermo-dy-na-mics is why I look like a cow
    Katy, Katy, dear, biology is not physics
    Sorry you didn’t hear.

    Mother, mother wants to be thin
    Ruined her metabolism on a whim
    Medications, diets, calories
    She didn’t go for surgery what a relief

    All of you are not so nice
    One played football the other lacrosse
    You had great genetics but mine are a loss?

    Make your calls nice or leave me be
    I choose who I want to see.
    Support me with out condition
    Unless you show your license at premonition.

  2. What does one say to their 80-year-old grandpa when they’re visiting and he makes rude comments out of the blue?

    My grandparents and I were all sitting at the kitchen table when my grandpa asked who’s going to pay for my medical care down the road. All I could say was, “Me, hopefully.” Note that I’m unemployed and live at home.

    I think this question was in conjunction with another unsolicited comment about how diet soda will destroy my kidneys (I love the stuff and drink lots when I can). He’s a man of few words, so we barely talk anyway.

    He also, if I recall correctly, made a comment about the apple juice I finished that both HE and my granny wanted me to drink so it wouldn’t go to waste.

    I don’t stay with them much but have visited for days at least twice in the past.

    He never said anything then, so why now?

    They want me to visit again in the future but I’m hesitant…

    1. The hell with down the road- shouldn’t he be more worried about who will be paying for HIS medical care – in the near future?

      He also might give some thought regarding who selects the nursing home he’ll end up in.

  3. I’m off this weekend, but tonight I wrote an anonymous letter that I’m slipping in tomorrow to the bosses about harassment that goes on in the workplace.

    Just to let you guys know, your influence goes beyond just the SA community; it gives others the courage and inspiration to try to fight back against other things like this.

    1. Well, I think I got a small taste of what you go through every day, Ragen. All I said in my email was please stopping spamming you because it was neither wanted or appreciated.

      In return, I got a defensive email saying you had “misconstrued” them and they were met with “hostility” and they never spam anyone. The kicker was the p.s. where she told me not to blindly send hate mail!

      I emailed her back and said that stating a fact could not possibly be considered hate mail and if she didn’t understand the concept she could click on the Read My Hate Mail link on your blog.

      Today I received another email with one of those non-apologies (sorry if anyone was offended) and did I realize how many letters they’d been receiving and they sent the exact same reply to everyone. Is that not the very definition of spamming? These people may be well meaning but they really are clueless.

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