Campus “Fat Justice” Event Blames Reagan for Plight of Fat People

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Finally something that can’t be blamed on Bush.

A “Fat Justice and Feminism” seminar sponsored by Swarthmore College blamed Ronald Reagan for the suffering of fat people and accused the Body mass index (BMI) of having “direct links to a white supremacist.”

” The March 20 workshop to address “the ongoing exploitation and oppression of fat people” was funded by the Women’s Resource Center, Dean Karen Henry, History Department, Gender and Sexuality Studies,  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Interpretation Theory and—most curiously—Worth Health Center.

The workshop, taught by feminist activist Cora Segal and self-identified “angry, man-hating lesbian,” Nicole Sullivan, took place Thursday and sought to “address the ongoing exploitation and oppression of fat people.”

The Fat Justice event revealed the secret white supremacism of dieting.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an entirely erroneous and useless metric, as it was invented by a “white, male, French astronomer,” Adolphe Quetelet. Thus BMI has “direct links to a white supremacist, patriarchal, colonizing, exploitative force.”  [Quetelet was actually a Belgian mathematician.]

Belgian, French, who cares. He was probably colonizing Africa with his BMI. Also his name was Adolphe, do you need me to draw you a map here?

For Segal and Sullivan, the 1960s and 1970s were notable because they welcomed “communism and socialism as viable alternatives to capitalism and exploitation.”

Also many Soviet leaders were on the chubby side, unlike their people who were starving to death. But that’s a form of dieting that Fat Justice activists can apparently endorse.

Ronald Reagan is partially responsible for all suffering of fat people, as he “f*cked everything up.” [No specific evidence about Reagan’s perverse policies or animosity toward obese people was offered.]

It’s Reagan. He’s responsible for everything that Bush or Nixon didn’t do. If your sock has a hole in it, it’s Reagan’s fault.

I was disappointed that Segal and Sullivan employed the tiresome approach that says if you attach accusations of “oppression” to a cause, the cis-gendered white male capitalist patriarchy should automatically begin self-flagellation for its role in orchestrating lifelong misery…

Moreover, I found it depressing that the speakers were so eager to write-off programs urging young people to eat healthfully and exercise as “oppression” on the part of “patriarchy, white supremacists, and capitalism.” Such programs have been the centerpiece of Michelle Obama’s activity as First Lady. As far as I know, Michelle Obama could not accurately be described as a patriarchal white supremacist.

Ah but what if she is? Maybe Michelle Obama is suffering from false consciousness having absorbed the white supremacist patriarchal critique of her weight and having internalized this distorted image is compensating for her inability to achieve an ideal weight by inflicting her inner torment on America’s children?

 

  • Judahlevi

    Any individual who describes herself as “man-hating” is a de facto sexist. This is no different than being a racist, homophobe, or any other collective group judging.

    That they can be a sexist yet be perfectly OK to go on campus and give ‘talks’ to university students is unbelievable. Would the college invite men who were ‘woman-haters?’

  • truebearing

    Is it possible that Cora Segal and Nicole are big enough to exert gravitational pull on any refrigerator in sight?

    Maybe the Belgian astronomer observed cakes and pastries orbiting around man-hating lesbians with immense mass and tried to explain it with his BMI theory. I still don’t get the Reagan connection, but he was a white, conservative male, so I guess he’s guilty of something heinous.

  • CaoMoo

    What is CIS? These feminist are probably fat because they are lazy physically and mentally Why change yourself through diet exercise, or medication (thyroid condition perhaps) when you can sit on your butt and whine for everyone else to change?

  • Art_Fold

    What? How? Why? (this article hurts my brain)

  • EHeassler_USNRet

    The self avowed man-hater couldn’t find a way to blame Bush so she blames Reagan; unbelievable how far some people will go to have a grievance. There are no pictures of Nicole Sullivan or Cora Segal but my guess is that they are both obese. In the case of Sullivan, she seems to be transferring self loathing and hatred to white males and specifically to the Belgina that created the BMI. She is ticked as if the BMI was created to be an index of self worth as opposed to a tool to estimate fat as percentage of body weight. I would estimate that most of the fat of these two women can found between their ears.

  • Habbgun

    From no justice, no peace to no junk food no peace. Both phrases are equally not worthwhile.

  • glpage

    “What is CIS?” Relative to it’s usage here, cis-gendered, It’s just an obfuscating way to say one who identifies with his biological gender. So, it would be a man who identifies with being a man.

    • CaoMoo

      oh so normal people.

      • glpage

        Yeah, but you know how lefties feel about the use of the word “normal”.

  • UCSPanther

    Another hambone feminist blaming her problems on patriarchy and the natural desires of men in regards to women.

    What else is new?

    BTW when infamous manosphere article site Return of Kings hosted “Fat Shaming Week”, the hambone feminists were really up in arms.

  • De Doc

    Hopefully someone can check these porcine specimens 30 years from now and see how their general health is holding up. I’m betting they’ll be in pretty bad shape. Not unsurprising for dopes trying to blame their obesity as just a label of a male centric world and the medical-industrial complex.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This has got to be a joke.