Don't you think that if you preach "love your body even if you're obese" you're encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle.
In response to the anonymous tumblr question:
Don’t you think that if you preach “love your body even if you’re obese” you’re encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle?
Short answer: No.
Medium answer: No, and also what people do with their bodies – healthy or unhealthy – is none of your fucking business. It’s not your body. Do whatever you want with your body. Worry about your body. My 9 year olds get this. I don’t understand where your cognition is being interrupted.
A body is a complicated thing
The very construction of a body is a Rube-Goldberg-miracle
Millions of systems working themselves opus so that I can
do the most minute and simple things
Like click open my inbox with the intricate highway of carpal nerves
Worry my gut open in nervous anticipation of attack
All of the muscles required to roll my eyes, again, at the lack of identity
behind your personal and invasive request
You are being responded to by a complex and beautiful machine and
I hope you treat this answer with the respect it deserves
Bodies, dear anonymous, should be healthy.
Should be fit.
Health, an important and glowing rhetoric that people have
learned to swallow like a too-large pill – something that
cannot be determined based upon presentation alone
Something that does not fit square peg into square hole
quite the way you have been led to believe
Fitness, regarding the biological definition, a trait that
exists to increase the chances of survival
Both important things
But bodies do not body in flesh and muscle and sinew alone
My message, dear anonymous tumblr human, is not
“love your body even if you’re obese”
My message is simply - love your body.
Love your body exactly as it is.
Love your body because it has never done anything
but vessel you, hold you in and break you open
at exactly the right times
Love your body even when it is broken
Love your body even when it doesn’t look like bodies
that are commonly celebrated
Love your body because it is celebration
Love your body because illness can be conjured
Can be invisible
Can be manifested
Love your body because any good thing you do for your body
comes from believing that your body is worthy of good things
Love your body because it will never be heavier or more
difficult to carry than hate for your own reflection
Love your body because if you do not, you will never truly
allow it to be loved by other bodies
Love your body because it is the truest act of peace, to bring
harmony between your heart and your limbs
Between your spirit and your flesh
Between your mind and your unquestioned, swallowed truth
Love your body because there is a world out there that
will do all of the hating your body can handle and
your quiet should be shelter, not inquisition
Love your body because it is a symphony in flux
Because it is not the same as it was yesterday and it will
not be the same tomorrow but it is still deserving of
basic human decency
Love your body because it gives other bodies permission to love themselves
Love other’s bodies because you do not know how far they have come when
their path intersects with yours
Love other’s bodies because sometimes they have been forced
through a kind of hell you cannot imagine
Love other’s bodies because.
Because we all have bodies
Because all we are trying to do is ensure our survival
Because we cannot subsist on fear, on brow-beating
Because any change made on the back of shame
is a change that never presents in truth
But change made in love infects every cell
Evolves into something beautiful
Love your body because it is the most radical act of revolution
Love your body because love for your body is something you have to be taught
“When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.”—Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)
“I’m starting to understand the real failings of multi-cultural education growing up in K-12 schools. We gave everyone access to the “fun” parts of culture. Let’s sing the dreidel song! Now we understand the Jewish experience. Let’s talk about segregation. Wasn’t that wrong. Aren’t we glad it’s over? Let’s take turns reading parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech. We had access to the easy stuff without having to really examine the hard stuff. And we were giving easy access to things that aren’t “ours” and shouldn’t be “ours.” So you can’t just pick up the “fun” stuff and put it into your party theme or Facebook pictures. I’m using simple terms like fun because that’s how multiculturalism was given to us as children. And while it may have served a purpose at the time, it gave us too much access to claim things that aren’t ours.
I honestly, honestly think that is some of the reasons why the race parties are such a horrible fad on college campuses. They are carrying on what we did in elementary school. Let’s make culture a party! Everyone bring your cultural food and put on a costume! The racism is present and good percentage of the participants are really expressing deep rooted racism. But some truly don’t want to “understand why it’s wrong” when they are re-enacting what we used to do with culture in elementary schools. Culture was supposed to be fun. “I don’t understand why you are mad now? I thought culture was a party!” Party’s over kids. Put down the head-dress.”—Brian Henry (via theteej)
do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument that got lost on your tongue.
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can’t handle their own.
but you will never be
and have never been
”—"this started as something completely different, but everything comes back to you, doesn’t it?" - tyler ford (via tylerthelatteboy)
what if instead of a same gender detective partnership who keep getting mistaken for a romantic couple, you had a same gender romantic couple who keep getting mistaken for detectives ‘hello, I’m sam darling, and this is my partner gregory hitch’ ‘AH YES THE PRIVATE DETECTIVES’ ‘what??? no we just came for some ice cream why is there police tape everywhere’
But one of them is too polite to correct people, and just kind if goes along with it. And suddenly they’re in too deep when their desperate comments about the crime scene actually reveals the identity of the killer. So now all the police think they’re the new detectives that were being transferred over today and they’re given a desk and guns and everything. And oh shit they’re in too deep and have to keep pretending so that they don’t get discovered and arrested. I’d watch the shit out of that show.
Right, someone make a mystery series out of this, pronto.
But the funny thing about that is we (as readers/viewers) sometimes miss out on information that might have been interesting. The author didn’t think it was, but fans? Most fans will soak up content like a sponge (see: LotR extended editions, cutscenes, etc). And so we’re likely to ask ridiculous questions like “What is laundry day like at Avengers Tower?” - not because it’s important to the narrative, but because we’re curious.
Not to mention: every narrator is an unreliable narrator. Especially the ones who seem the most straightforward. Which means there are a wealth of stories not being told hiding right behind the story that is.
Which, I think, gives an inkling of the primary difference between original fic and fanfic: original fic is declarative, saying “here is the story, these are the important events and characters and aspects of the world,” while fanfic is exploratory (even when it’s got a cracking good plot).
Fanfic exists in the interstices, in the ellipses and the enjambment. Fanfiction exists in the moment before the wave function collapses. A transformative work doesn’t actually transform the original media it is based off of (because the original medium exists in a fixed state and cannot be literally changed by fans unless the canon creators allow it to be so) so much as take the essential structure of the narrative and the characters and twist it, turn it, rotate and reflect it until we’ve built a fractal around it.
When you get to the end of a story and want to fill in all the blanks, that’s not necessarily the sign of a lack in the original. Sometimes it’s just because you don’t want to leave this amazing new world that has been created!
I’m tired of watching middle-aged white men having mid-life crises and cheating on their wives and failing as fathers and committing terrible crimes and trafficking in moral ambiguity or outright immorality/amorality and all the while feeling so very, very, very sorry for themselves or so very, very, very pleased with themselves or a jacked up combination of self-pity and self-aggrandizement. In short, I’m over Critically Acclaimed White Dude Television.
I’m not here to completely tear down the aforementioned series. They’ve heralded in and propelled forward the golden age of television. They’ve revolutionized their own medium. They’re art. I respect these works tremendously and deeply admire the writers, actors, producers, executives and crews that have brought such remarkable stories to the small screen. I completely get what is great about these shows. I’m just over them. Or rather, I’m over the throne the White Dude Sub-Genre sits on in the Royal Court of Serialized Entertainment.