Plus size blogger and founder of fashion website Fashionopolis, Amena Azeez, doesn’t see how using the word ‘fat’ is offensive.
“Personally, I don’t see anything offensive about the word fat. As a plus size woman, I often use the word fat to describe myself,” she tells SheThePeople.TV.
However, calling someone fat in a way to harass them or shame them needs to be seen in that context, she says. “Body and fat shaming is a form of bullying and should not be taken lightly. I read in one article the man tweeted, “fat people don’t have the right to live”. If this is his exact tweet, then yes, the woman took the right step in complaining about him. No one has the right to decide who has the right to live and who doesn’t.”
“Imagine if someone tweets, “gay people don’t have the right to live” or “minority people don’t have the right to live”. We would treat those as hate speech, as should we for someone who shames someone for their weight.”
Pallavi Krishnan (26) agrees. She says that she does use the word fat to describe herself, but if someone else calls her the word, she feels bad, because it has become synonymous with negative words such as ugly, and stupid, and she feels that they say it as if it is something to be shameful about.
Fat shaming can cause depression, anxiety and serious body image disorders. It can make you feel excluded and ashamed of something that is sometimes beyond control.
So yes one can be fat and beautiful, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s time fat shaming becomes a thing of the past, and we accept everyone’s bodies in all the shapes and sizes they come in.
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