I repinned this awhile ago:
While I am a die hard Harry Potter fan, I am also someone who has struggled with self image and the need to be thin. Over the years, especially when I hit my late twenties, I realized that I am exactly the way I am meant to be and as long as I am good to my body, the important aspect of my life to focus on is my soul.
I read this quote and instantly realized why I love JK (the honorable JK). She understands that there are more to women, more to people, than what they look like on the outside.
While the media touts a certain image of what a woman should look like on the outside, no one touts what one should look like on the inside. To me, JK's quote breaks down what women (people) should NOT look like. It's called a non-example, people. Essential to learning.
I am not skinny. I am not obese. I am somewhere in the middle and I have people near and dear to my heart who are on both sides of the spectrum. I love them all not because of what they look like on the outside but of what they look like on the inside. If they possessed any of the traits that JK listed in her quote, we would not be friends because I don't associate with people who behave as such, even if they are the skinniest, most beautiful person in the world.
But gin, could you please get to the point?
Well, last night I was pinning away when I noticed JK's eloquent post above. I reread it and appreciated her even more.
Then I read the comments below and felt...a fire light inside me.
When that fire is lit, there isn't any extinguishing it until I get my say in. Ask hubs.
Anyhow, here's how it all went down:
The link to the pin with the comments is here, if you'd like to read the live version.
I am sure all the commenters come from different experiences with size and weight. We all have the right to express our opinions and our past will always influence our present opinions. With that said, I am honest when I say I am saddened when another woman would come out and say that being fat is in fact, worse than any of the traits listed. Health-wise or other-wise.
I feel sad for her. What must her experience with size and weight be? That she would choose cruel over fat, vindictive over fat? How did personal appearance become so important that the stuff that our moms teach us NOT to be became acceptable?
I believe our bodies are temples and we should treat them as such. Feeding them correctly, physically, mentally and spiritually.
I believe that there are far worse things in this world than being fat.
I believe that when you are presenting your argument, it's never a good idea to personally insult the words of another. It completely invalidates what you are saying and makes you seem petty and unintelligent.
And to drive the point home, there are far worse things to be than fat.
I said it before and I'll say it again:
If I had to choose between fat and any of the traits the honorable JK listed, I would choose fat every time, health risks be damned.