"Scholar. Writer. Activist. Unapologetic Fat Lady."
That's how Wayne State university grad student Amanda Levitt describes herself.
Levitt is the founder of fatbodypolitics.com, a blog where she writes about fat prejudice and defends the right everyone has to be comfortable and confident in his or her body.
Levitt says: "Specifically, fat people are more likely to live in poverty, we're more likely to deal with stigma in every facet of our lives from, especially because it's incredibly gendered and targets women specifically, fat women are less likely to be hired, less likely to be promoted. Fat people in general are more likely to deal with stigma when we go to the doctor's office."
But in a world where zero is the goal, and the word "fat" often equals "unhealthy," Levitt's message has met a very mixed response.
Amid words of thanks, the comments on Levitt's blog are also filled with hate: curse words, ugly names, even death threats. Critics who say Levitt is defending an unhealthy body type.
She responds saying "It's really them assuming that fat people live a specific lifestyle, that they live in a specific body and in a specific way that makes it so they're unhealthy. I'm far more interested in talking about poverty, far more interested in talking about how we live in a society that has a lot of inequality and not really interested in trying to defend my right to be a fat person."
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