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Students at Syracuse University Upset About ‘Fatphobic’ Campus

Students at Syracuse University Upset About ‘Fatphobic’ Campus

“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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Comments

The Gentle Grizzly | May 8, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Aww, fahkrysake.

All of these alleged phobias are a bunch of junk. No, there is one group that does have a problem: persons of size. I don’t mean that as a PC version of fat. I’m talking about people like me: shoulders each with separate ZIP Codes. Tall. Ever see the size of today’s aircraft toilets? I think I’ve made my point.

As for theater rolls. I could just see it now. Somebody built like Don Knotts playing the lead role in Requiem for heavyweight. A woman who wears a size 56 dress playing apart about the life and Times of Elizabeth Taylor. Sorry, it just doesn’t work.

I think the best description that I ever read about somebody not getting the job they wanted and going into something else was by the late James Depriest a conductor and I believe the nephew of Marion Anderson. This was a huge barrel chest de with broad shoulders. When Northwest magazine ask him why he became a conductor his reply was he had to when he found out they wouldn’t let him be a jockey.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 8, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Speech to text thinks that Miss Anderson was a male. Sorry about that.

    henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 8, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    I dunno about you, but when I was in college, I and a few of my pals selected all our courses exclusively from the school’s Big and Tall catalog. It was the main reason I went there.

    And if you were “of a certain size,” you soon got clued in to the existence of the “special” refectories on campus. Seriously, did no one ever wonder why the old “secret societies” at the east coast ivies are known as “eating clubs?”

    I’m sorry, but after taking all that time to describe yourself, I closed my eyes and all I could see was a grizzly bear.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 8, 2022 at 8:11 pm

It is not, but, thank you.

drednicolson | May 9, 2022 at 3:27 am

I have the strange desire to go binge some Married With Children reruns.

Jack Klompus | May 9, 2022 at 8:17 am

“PhD student Sarah Bolden, who studies digital fat activism”

I can’t think of a better summary of the state of higher education than this.

OMG. Are there people that study digital fat activism? Really?

Then one “expert” maintains that traditional standards of beauty are based on being thin, heterosexual, cisgender, and white. A covert way to insert CRT into the discussion.

Do they think they’re the first people to attend any school that are ‘weight-challenged?’

Of all the things to complain about–being judged on appearance–in the theater department–we have now reached peak stupidity

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