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May. 28th, 2011 02:06 am
tim: "System Status: Degraded" (degraded)
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I am finding it less fulfilling to try to use the Internet to convince people not to be fatphobic than it is to try to convince them not to be transphobic. My belief is that this is because only a few transphobes are closeted trans people, while many if not most of the most passionate fat-haters consider themselves fat. Only a few transphobes are worried that they, themselves might become trans. And trans people don't need to hate people 'less' trans than they are in order to... well, never mind that part.

People cling far more tightly to their self-hatred than to their hate for others. They may get defensive upon being told that the socially approved acts of aggression they'd been committing all along were actually wrong (but I didn't know!), but they seem to find the news that their self-hatred isn't necessary to be utterly infuriating.

(Some other time I'll write my full-length defense of arguing on the Internet. But not tonight.)

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Date: 2011-05-28 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] calculus_of_destructions
Yeah - I think you're dead on about fatphobia. I doubt it's a coincidence that my peak of fatphobia came when I weighed 80 lbs more than I do now...though it continued through the period of my weight loss and the phase where I was terrified of putting back on weight again.

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Date: 2011-05-28 05:25 pm (UTC)
miang: Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca, FFXII: Non ministrari, sed ministrare (Wellesley, Wellesley, only to be there). (ashe - wellesley)
From: [personal profile] miang
Some other time I'll write my full-length defense of arguing on the Internet. But not tonight.

I'll be really, really, really interested in reading this whenever you get around to it.

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Date: 2011-09-08 09:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skud
Belatedly: +1 insightful

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