Recently I asked people on social media to give me fatphobic phrases for which they’d like comebacks. And you delivered! So much so, that I’ll be doing this in several parts. Please feel free to add your own responses (and phrases/situations that you’d like me to include in future posts.)
Before I start, let me be clear that these are just some suggestions. They may not work in every circumstance – especially considering things like power imbalances and privilege. Finally, I’m sure I’m not the first (or last!) person to think of these, so all the credit to those who are doing this work, especially those who came before me!
You look great. Have you lost weight?
Nope, just my usual fine fat self!
Nope, I’m the same weight. Maybe just you’ve overcome some of your fatphobia? Congratulations!
You have such a pretty face.
Well yeah, but have you seen my ass?
This feels like a backhanded compliment? Surely you’re not suggesting that the rest of me isn’t pretty?
Have you ever thought about dieting?
Yup, I got duped like so many of us have. So glad I finally did the research and left that BS behind.
Not for a long time, thankfully.
If you just lost weight you’d be so stunning.
If you lost your fatphobia, you’d know I already am stunning!
No, if I lost weight I’d just be thinner, I’m stunning either way.
You are killing yourself!
Nope! I’m caring for my body by loving and caring for it, instead of hating and starving it.
You’re killing this conversation. If I want your opinion, I promise you’ll be the first to know.
Wow, you’re fat!
Sure am! Thanks for noticing.
Medical professionals: “What are you doing about your weight.”
What are you doing about the severed limb I came in here for? Let’s focus on my health, please.
Doctors: “Every fat person who comes into this office is sick!”
Um, it’s a doctor’s office so…what were you expecting?
Sorry but you can’t be fat and be healthy.
I’m just worried about your health
Don’t you care about your body?
But I lost weight and now I’m healthier/happier/life is better, so your anti-diet-and-intentional-weight-loss beliefs are wrong.
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