“You end up shifting how you behave in a world that you don’t feel is designed to accommodate you or you don’t feel like you’re necessarily welcomed in.”
Overweight people are a new victim class now? What’s next?
The College Fix reports:
Syracuse University students upset at ‘fatphobic’ campus
In yet another case of modern narcissistic “cater-to-my-every-whim” culture, students at Syracuse University are speaking out about that campus’s alleged “fatphobia.”
The student paper The Daily Orange cites several students and “experts” who allege this fatphobia manifests itself “overtly and covertly.”
Two … large juniors say Syracuse classroom seating is “alienating” and “wildly uncomfortable” … which says to them the campus is “not being made for [us].”
Other complaints include overweight people getting pigeonholed into certain theater roles, and students not associating with their heavier peers. One anonymous freshman said she feels self-conscious when presenting in front of her classmates — they “are judging her appearance.”
A student (who uses plural pronouns) complained that because their partner is smaller than they are and is “deemed traditionally attractive,” people approach and flirt more with the partner. “The assumption is I’m not a threat,” the student said, and accused her peers of considering them “something that is and should be disposable.”
PhD student Sarah Bolden, who studies digital fat activism, said “party culture often perpetuates peer pressure, which can lead people with bigger bodies to change their behavior and ways of life.”
“Maybe you want to wear the more revealing clothes, but if you feel like you’re fat, or you are fat, there can be a lot of shame involved in that,” Bolden said. “You end up shifting how you behave in a world that you don’t feel is designed to accommodate you or you don’t feel like you’re necessarily welcomed in.”
“Trained researcher on fat activism” Ragen Chastain (pictured) added there’s “a tendency among college students to associate with people that fit into traditional beauty standards.” These include being thin, white, cisgender and heterosexual.
“The problem isn’t the fat person’s choices to try to keep themselves safe,” Chastain said. “It’s that weight stigma exists in the first place.”
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