Day of Silence

Day of Silence : April 25, 2008

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Weight Discrimination As Prevalent as Racial Discrimination

I was going to ask, “This is news to whom?” Then I real­ized that it’s per­fect­ly like­ly that peo­ple who aren’t fat real­ly don’t real­ize how much size dis­crim­i­na­tion there is, while it’s impos­si­ble for the rest of us to avoid it.

From the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Obe­si­ty, 4 March 2008:
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Dis­crim­i­na­tion against over­weight peo­ple-par­tic­u­lar­ly women-is as com­mon as racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, accord­ing to a study by the Rudd Cen­ter for Food Pol­i­cy & Obe­si­ty at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty.
“These results show the need to treat weight dis­crim­i­na­tion as a legit­i­mate form of prej­u­dice, com­pa­ra­ble to oth­er char­ac­ter­is­tics like race or gen­der that already receive legal pro­tec­tion,” said Rebec­ca Puhl, research sci­en­tist and lead author.
(…)
The study also revealed that women are twice as like­ly as men to report weight dis­crim­i­na­tion and that weight dis­crim­i­na­tion in the work­place and inter­per­son­al mis­treat­ment due to obe­si­ty is com­mon.
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Co-author Tatiana Andreya­va of Yale said weight dis­crim­i­na­tion is more preva­lent than dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion, nationality/ethnicity, phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty, and reli­gious beliefs. “How­ev­er, despite its high preva­lence, it con­tin­ues to remain social­ly accept­able,” she said.

I’ll prob­a­bly be slammed for this, but I hon­est­ly thing that weight/size dis­crim­i­na­tion may be even more preva­lent in the U.S. than racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, because it’s social­ly accept­able.


1 Repost­ed in Med­ical News Today

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Friday Links

It was a nice, bor­ing day, which means I don’t have much to talk about. Hap­pi­ly, oth­er peo­ple do.

Open Rela­tion­ships: What the World Already Has is a very good post over at Huff­in­g­ton by Jen­ny Block. I hope to read more from her. I def­i­nite­ly intend to get a copy of her book, Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Mar­riage when it comes out in June.

I can’t say that I was shocked to hear that the TSA forced a woman to remove her nip­ple pierc­ings with pli­ers before allow­ing her to board a flight, but I am dis­gust­ed. I’m glad that I don’t have to trav­el much,1 but I def­i­nite­ly think that the next time we do trav­el we’ll give Amtrak seri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion over fly­ing.

Why is it that 29 total strangers have start­ed “fol­low­ing” me on Twit­ter, when I haven’t even logged in since the 21st?


1 Not that I wouldn’t like to trav­el more for plea­sure, I just wouldn’t want to do it on some­one else’s sched­ule

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They WANT to be repressed!

Some­body help me, please! I’m awash in a sea of stu­pid­i­ty.

My human­i­ties class­mates are full of ideas like:
“it isn’t real­ly that big of a deal unless you have some­thing to hide” — it being gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance.

…they won’t tar­get you or real­ly care about what you are doing unless you are doing some­thing wrong” — tell that to Peter McWilliams. Oh, you can’t, he’s dead!

…the cam­eras don’t lim­it free­dom, you can still do what you want” — as long as “what you want” is with­in the cur­rent cul­tur­al norms, and there isn’t a pow­er-hun­gry fun­da­men­tal­ist decid­ing what to do about what they view.

Those exam­ples are from just ONE post. The class is full of peo­ple who are say­ing, over and over, very explic­it­ly, that they wel­come ANYTHING the gov­ern­ment does to “make us safe from ter­ror­ism.”

I’m scared.

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Rainbow Stickers = Gang Affiliations? Right

Yeah, I hear there’s a real prob­lem with queer street gangs these days, tag­ging every­thing in sight with those damned rain­bows.

ACLU sues Flori­da school for bar­ring Pride gear

Admin­is­tra­tors at Ponce de Leon High School stat­ed that stu­dents’ wear­ing rain­bow stick­ers could mean that they are mem­bers of an ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.…
An uniden­ti­fied stu­dent was sus­pend­ed for five days for express­ing her sup­port for gay rights, the ACLU said. Stu­dents said a les­bian peer was harassed and tried to report the sit­u­a­tion to admin­is­tra­tors. She was instead greet­ed with cen­sor­ship of sup­port­ing stu­dents writ­ing “gay pride” on their arms and note­books.

This sto­ry def­i­nite­ly goes in the “glad to be home­school­ing” file, but it also gives me cause to won­der if the school admin­is­tra­tor train­ing process sur­gi­cal­ly removes all com­mon sense. Or do they just pre­fer to recruit those who don’t have much of it in the first place?

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Red/Blue, Strict/Nurturing Families, and Inherited vs. Negotiated Commitments

I know that I read Red Fam­i­ly, Blue Fam­i­ly: Mak­ing sense of the val­ues issue by Doug Mud­er sev­er­al years ago.1 I clear­ly remem­ber post­ing a link to it in Suzette Haden Elgin’s blog, and hav­ing her pick it up and pass it on enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly.

A friend post­ed a link to it again this week, and I re-read it today. I don’t know why, but it made even more sense this time around. Mud­er uses the work of George Lakoff (Moral Pol­i­tics : How Lib­er­als and Con­ser­v­a­tives Think and Don’t Think of an Ele­phant: Know Your Val­ues and Frame the Debate–The Essen­tial Guide for Pro­gres­sives) and James Ault (Spir­it and Flesh: Life in a Fun­da­men­tal­ist Bap­tist Church) to explain things that have pre­vi­ous­ly seemed inex­plic­a­ble.
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Some of Today’s News in Atlanta

I man­aged to avoid the crime news, which is always hor­rif­ic. Okay, I most­ly avoid­ed it. The three boys under 10 who are being charged with kid­nap­ping and rape1 is get­ting to me. That poor lit­tle girl!

Transgender candidate misled voters, suit alleges2

Actu­al­ly, these guys seem to be suing every­body but the dog­catch­er down there in Riverdale.

What does Ms. Bruce’s gen­der have to do with how she’ll per­form as a city coun­cil mem­ber? Noth­ing, of course Ir’s been brought up because a cou­ple of sore losers just won’t let go. Ass­hats!

Trumpet the news: Elephant is going to be a mom3

But she won’t deliv­er until some­where around April 1, 2009! 22 months of preg­nan­cy. Dum­bo nev­er men­tioned that lit­tle fact.

In metro Atlanta, profile of those in need during the holidays has changed4

It isn’t just dur­ing the hol­i­days, either. Food banks across the coun­try are see­ing more and more work­ing peo­ple who need help. They’re hav­ing to reduce the amount of food giv­en to each per­son or fam­i­ly because the demand has out­paced the sup­ply so much.

I can’t say that I’m sur­prised. I know too many peo­ple who are just bare­ly scrap­ing by, and it isn’t because they’re irre­spon­si­ble. It’s just how the Amer­i­can econ­o­my is, and some­thing needs to change very quick­ly.


1 http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2007/11/19/assault_1119.html

2 http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/clayton/stories/2007/11/19/riverdalesuit_1120_web.html?cxntnid=amn112007e

3 http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/stories/2007/11/19/elephant_1120.html?cxntnid=amn112007e

4 http://www.ajc.com/holiday/content/holidayguide/stories/2007/11/19/food_1120.html?cxntnid=amn112007e

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Teen Assaults Teacher, Activist Worries About Teen?

A 17-year-old run­ning back assaults a high school teacher for doing her job.1 He toss­es her around and breaks her fin­ger.

Who would you wor­ry about? The attack­er, or the vic­tim?
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Free Burma!

Free Burma - Image by Luciana Nechita from the Free Burma Flickr pool

How do YOU feel about companies “promoting homosexuality” ? Tell the AFA!

Actu­al­ly, the don’t want to know how you feel. They want a very care­ful­ly select­ed group of peo­ple to answer their loaded ques­tions as desired, so they can claim, as usu­al, that they did research that showed that “every­body” hates queers.

They ask:

Should cor­po­ra­tions be pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­i­ty?

Sev­er­al cor­po­ra­tions are now sup­port­ing the homo­sex­u­al agen­da. These com­pa­nies have been con­vinced by homo­sex­u­al activists and the main­stream media that in order to be “fair and tolerant,” com­pa­nies must make spe­cial rules for homo­sex­u­als and pro­vide com­pa­ny mon­ey and resources to help pro­mote their lifestyle. Many com­pa­nies, at the urg­ing of these groups, have also begun to sup­port same-sex mar­riage.

What they’re ask­ing about isn’t “pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­i­ty” at all. Have you ever actu­al­ly encoun­tered any­one pro­mot­ing het­ero­sex­u­al­i­ty or bisex­u­al­i­ty? No? Me nei­ther. Actu­al­ly, the only pro­mot­ing I know about is all that pres­sure to be het­ero­sex­u­al. Methinks the AFA doth protest too much.

What they object to is domes­tic part­ner­ship ben­e­fits. They object to the use of match­ing funds for pro­grams like Planned Par­ent­hood or any oth­er orga­ni­za­tion that doesn’t agree with the rad­i­cal right’s agen­da. That’s what they mean when they say “pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­i­ty.

So let’s reframe this a lit­tle more accu­rate­ly.

Do you believe that com­pa­nies should offer the same ben­e­fits to all employ­ees, with­out regard to their sex­u­al pref­er­ence or ori­en­ta­tion? Would you be more to do busi­ness with a com­pa­ny that treats all of its employ­ees fair­ly? Less like­ly to do busi­ness with them? Would it not mat­ter to you at all?

Now go vote: http://www.afa.net/petitions/businesses/businesses.asp

As Stre­ga point­ed out in a com­ment on my Live­Jour­nal, once again the AFA isn’t con­duct­ing actu­al research, or even a real sur­vey. The num­bers on the page nev­er change, no mat­ter how many peo­ple vote. They’ve set up a nice lit­tle graph­ic show­ing how they’d like the num­bers to come out in their fan­ta­sy world.

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