Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people… What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women
If I take two women of the same height and one is naturally meant to be BMI 24 and the other is naturally BMI 21, then this is what happens when they both restrict calories:
The woman at BMI 24 diets down to BMI 20. Technically she is still in the healthy weight range and she receives compliments on her dieting efforts.
The woman at BMI 21 diets down to BMI 17. Her doctor has her enter a recovery program for anorexia.
Both women have the same physiological damage and both need intervention to recover and yet only one is identified as having an issue.
Why is it accepted that some people who eat a ton of food can stay thin, but not accepted that some people who eat a small amount of food can be fat?
Since thin people get diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, why is becoming thin suggested as a cure?
Why bother using BMI as a substitute for metabolic health measures when we can easily test metabolic health measures?
Doctors treat thin people for joint pain with options other than weight loss, why don’t they give fat people those same treatments?
Why do we believe that doing unhealthy things (liquid diet, smoking, urine injections coupled with starvation, stomach amputation) will lead to a healthy body?
If the diet industry’s product actually “cured fatness”, wouldn’t their profits be going down instead of up as more and more people were permanently thin?
Isn’t it medically unethical to prescribe something without telling your patients that it works less than 5% of the time with a much greater chance at leaving you heavier and less healthy than when you started?
Why do people continue to think that shaming people will lead them to health?
Why do we accept wide variations in things like foot and hand size, nose and lip shape etc. but expect every body to fit into a very narrow proportion of height and weight?
If weight gain isn’t proven to cause diabetes, high blood pressure etc., why would weight loss be recommended as a cure?
Since weight loss ads have to carry a “results not typical” warning, shouldn’t doctors have to give patients a similar warning?
Why do people take the time to come to my blog and make death threats?
Does anyone really succeed at hating themselves healthy? If so is it worth it?
If we’ve been prescribing dieting since the 1800s and still can’t prove that it works, shouldn’t we be trying something else?
How is it possible that suggesting that healthy habits are the best chance for a healthy body is controversial?
Well, here’s the thing. It’s not so much about any one piece of literature/art having a direct effect (although that DOES happen on occasion). Like, I feel like you’re conceptualizing this as “the idea is if a guy watches one sexist movie he will go home and slap his girlfriend”, and that’s not really it.
Imagine there is a mosaic made up of one small piece of tile. Except by definition that’s not really a mosaic, is it? A mosaic has to make up a bigger picture, made from smaller things.
But let’s say five more tiny tiles are added to the mosaic. Then twenty more. A hundred. A thousand. Ten thousand. Now you have enough tiles to make a mosaic. Any one of those tiles is nothing more than a little bit of colored ceramic, and yet when you put them together you can form a definitive picture.
That’s what our society is like. That’s what our ideas of “normality” and gender relations and race relations and heteronormativity are like. They are built out of a million tiny things. So maybe ONE video game featuring Syldanian Six-Boobed Slut Warriors or whatever will not have much effect on society. The thing is, there isn’t just one video game like that, and that isn’t the only place the idea that women are objectified. When people criticize Hillary Clinton’s appearance (because male politicians are such hotties, right? Not bloated, liver-spotted, fat old men) … that is a little piece of tile. When a comic artist draws kidnapped male Justice League characters in tied up but non-sexy poses, while the kidnapped female Justice League characters are tied up like they’re getting geared up for a video session of “Bondage Sluts III” … that is a little piece of tile. When someone tells a sexist joke … that’s a little piece of tile. Look in the comments section of any online news story about a woman being raped and you will find more little bits of tile.
And the defense is always “Well, MY piece of tile isn’t at fault! It’s Society!” It is indeed society that predefines the mosaic, based on the piece of tile that were placed by previous generations; but it’s the individual pieces of gossip, art, expectations that fill in that mosaic. Unlike a real mosaic, old bits fall off quite frequently, forgotten by a new generation. Sometimes they are replaced by a new piece that is about the same as the old one; sometimes they are replaced by a new one. Sometimes there’s a lot of new pieces at once, like in the 1960s when a bunch of activists took hammers, beat the crap out of that mosaic, and stuck a bunch of new pieces on to radically alter the picture. The point is, if no one starts changing those tiles, small as they may be, the overarching image will never change.
American Indians suffer from the most serious health problems in the U.S. On reservations, American Indians have a life expectancy of 47 years. The tuberculosis rate for Natives is 533 percent higher than the national average; the accident mortality rate 425 higher; the infant mortality rate 81 percent higher; the sudden infant death syndrome rate 310 percent higher; the alcoholism rate 579 percent higher; the diabetes rate 249 percent higher; and the suicide rate 190 percent higher than the national average.
Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
To add to this: 1 in 3 Native American Women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. This is much higher than national estimates of 1 in 4 or 1 in 6 for other groups of women. And, unlike other racial groups (which have assailants of the same race), the majority of assailants are white men.
Reblogging because I was looking back through some old posts and was surprised to find that only a few people had noticed this.
I’ve only read the first chapter and intro of this book, but i would highly recommend it and anything else written by andrea smith.
When gays get so angry about a chicken sandwich, it is because Chick-fil-A has given around $5 million to fight to discriminate against us. When we praise brave Eagle Scouts who give up their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s prejudice, it’s not about scoring political points; it’s because there are kids in dens who are being taught to believe that they are less than equal. When we rant about the pastor who preaches that gays should be thrown into a concentration camp, we scream out of fear. And our fears are justified — in the last seven days, a lesbian in Nebraska was carved with a knife, a gay man in Oklahoma was firebombed, and a girl in Kentucky was kicked and beaten — her jaw broken and her teeth knocked out — while her assailants allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at her.
[TW: For rape]
Such overblown rhetoric disguises the operation of a double standard in contemporary society. On the one hand, the consumption of alcohol is viewed as making women MORE responsible for their own rape: by choosing to get drunk, women are deliberately increasing their risk and should be prepared to face the consequences. On the other hand, male consumption of alcohol is viewed as making them LESS responsible for their actions; by choosing to get drunk, men increase the chance of inappropriate behaviour and should not therefore be required to pay the price for their actions.