What's Damaging About Fat-Shaming: The Last Acceptable Form of Bias

September 19, 2014 3:27 PM

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What's Damaging About Fat-Shaming: The Last Acceptable Form of Bias

It's encouraging that we, as a society, are getting less and less tolerant of abusive behaviors, from domestic violence to discrimination against gays and lesbians to racial and ethnic slurs. Bullying is finally being recognized for the deeply destructive force it is. Seemingly, progress is being made toward a world where, legally and socially, it's understood that all people have a right to be respected.

Except, perhaps, those who are overweight. Sadly there are still many people who make fun of, shame or otherwise mistreat others who weigh more than they do. Somehow, discrimination against people who are obese remains socially acceptable. But it shouldn't be -- it's hurtful and, more to the point, ...

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