quote of the day: looks edition

Apr 18 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Thoughts on look-ism from J.K. Rowling:

“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…


What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate! --J.K. Rowling

3 responses so far

  • Zuska says:

    To be fat is to be with sin. To be thin is to be the envy of all, no matter the cost. After I had my stroke and my migraines became so debilitating and all sorts of foods began to trigger migraine attacks and my diet become so severely limited that I dropped 30 pounds in the course of a few months...an acquaintance remarked positively and with envy on how great I looked. How had I lost all the weight, she wanted to know. Just have a stroke and go on the migraine diet, where you can't eat much of anything, I said. "The migraine diet" she repeated "maybe you should market it!"

  • potnia theron says:

    hahaha. People who have never had a migraine are clueless.

  • Ola says:

    The differentiator is whether or not you can do anything about it.

    ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’ (Rowling's examples) are all character traits that are readily amenable to improvement. If I were to pick a character trait or mental health phenomenon that is similar in nature to fatness, it would have to be something like dyslexia or autism. Yes, technically speaking they are amenable to change, but in reality you have to work very hard to fight genetics/epigenetics/developmental & environmental factors.

    Quel surprise, when you wanna hurt someone, you attack the thing that's hardest for them to do anything about.

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