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Can we use this as a spring board to talk about access issues in higher ed? http://www.xojane.com/issues/professor-geoffrey-miller
I HATE HATE HATE people who assume that being fat is a lack of ”self control”.
What’s that awesome quote? The one about how fat people MUST have awesome self control because they haven’t punched fat haters in the face?
Oh, but thin privilege doesn’t fucking exist, doe???
AT LEAST YOU AREN’T BEING FUCKING DENIED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES BASED ON YOUR WEIGHT
AND THIS ISN’T THE FIRST FUCKING TIME.
Not even just an education getting a PhD is getting a career. There really isn’t any other way to do research and teach at the University level without getting a PhD first.
Am I the only one mildly troubled by so many comments on this (wonderful!) article being in the vein of “I’m fat and I have 12 PhDs and I work with orphans and puppies and I run marathons every weekend SO DON’T THINK I’M LAZY!” ???
Because, honestly, I’m a fat person hoping to get advanced degrees, but I can only attend classes part time, and I can only work part time, and I can’t commit to volunteer jobs, and I can’t even run. I have disabilities which make the basic things in life difficult, but that does not lessen my passion for things. Sure, it’s taking me 6 years to get my Bachelors, and it will probably take me a while to get my Masters as well, but I don’t think that my size OR my lack of “doing things” should disqualify me.
I understand where people are coming from, and I recognize the need for showing how fat people can be really active, hard-working people…but the fact that this is usually the first response to any sort of accusation of the contrary is not very helpful to people like me who AREN’T super active and DON’T get a lot done.
Even if the fat person applying for the PhD program is fat ONLY because they “lack the willpower” to stop eating carbs (let’s say that somehow excess carbs are the only thing keeping them fat, and not genetics or any other factors), that says absolutely zilch about they’re ability to do their PhD. I’d rather the conversation was about that. In defense of the doctoral fatty on a mountain of Twinkies. In defense of the PhD candidate who would rather spend her evenings in the library than the gym. Who would rather eat what she fucking wants without having to apologize for her existence.
Reblog for commentary.