Big Boy from Lehurutshe in North West, writes:
My dearest Big Boy…
So, it is illegal to smack a “concern troll” in their yuck mouths for shaming you into submission. Right? *Disclaimer* I am not inciting violence; Liewe Lulu is merely asking a question.
The problem is not your weight, my baby. The problem is this culture we have cultivated as a very superficial society that shames you because you have been gifted with the physique you have.
God forbid you have the cheek to live outside the normalised beauty standards spectrum.
“You are so fat and pig-like!”
“You would look so much better if you shed a few kilos.”
Fat-shamers make these “just lose the weight” statements so freely like it will melt away the fat that they are so disturbed by.
But at what cost?
I mean, you know you are overweight and then this troll just wants to steal your joy?
Will it make you miraculously lose the weight that is so unappealing to their basic standards of beauty? No.
Body positivity campaigns have rallied behind the heavy-set citizens of the world, but cultural values regarding your big a** are so deeply embedded in our society you would need a freaking big bottle of Jik to erase the stigma associated with fatness.
As if it never occurred to you that your life might be easier as a thin person, now you must be made to feel unwanted by street healthcare providers.
Unsolicited dietary advice is an all-too-familiar exhaustion that pulsates through Liewe Lulu’s veins and marrow. And “nna ke boregile“ (“I am bored”) at this point.
Here is a solid, BS-ducking guide to ignore the shamers:
- Unfriend, un-family, un-everything. Block! Create space between you and people who hurt you even if they are close. Mama is immune though, but nip her unruly and unnecessary comments in the bud.
- Bo, fat shamers are insecure AF. Not an excuse for the bullying, but being the big guy, you must be this jolly, understanding clown. Maybe their insecurities are the reasoning behind their behaviour. Why do bullies bully? They were bullied or whatever.
- Ne réagis pas. Do not react. Let us not give them the satisfaction of a reaction. Ignore those nasty comments and move on. An insult-hurling contest should not be a thing for you, it robs you of your peace.
Liewe Lulu is irked, babes! Can we just abandon earth? And live out our wonderfully large lives in peace on a meteorite or a new planet where we can let all our lush goodies hang loose without fear? Geewiz!
Also, any woman would be lucky to have you, no matter what size! Let’s also go see a psychologist in the new year to deal with that anxiety and unweave years of social trauma, neh.
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Liewe Lulu is Health For Mzansi’s agony aunty. The content in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or psychological advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.