6 Ways to Respect Fat People While Discussing Your Fitness Regimen

6 Ways to Respect Fat People While Discussing Your Fitness Regimen

I’ve had a very strained relationship with fitness.

I learned about exercise as I imagine most girls did: in relation to weight loss. Fitness and exercise were never explained to me as ways to reward my body. I never learned that exercise could be fun. Because I was fat as a child, I instead learned from the adults around me that exercise was primarily a punishment for eating — a punishment I deserved because I was fat.

Because of this landscape, it's sometimes difficult to discuss being active and working out without engaging in fatphobic rhetoric.

Is it Right for Me to Speak?

Is it Right for Me to Speak?

White women have to tread carefully in feminist circles, be it in online activism or in feminist scholarship. Whiteness is such a potent privilege that internalized white supremacy is rampant, especially when left unchecked. White women who engage in feminist praxis must constantly re-evaluate what they have been taught and how they are responding to information that they learn within anti-racism communities. Such self-reflection is crucial as a white person who wants to be a feminist voice because white fragility is racial violence.