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Friday, October 14, 2011

Fun With Stats

One of the really cool things about blogging is that you get to check your stats. These aren’t the dreary stats of scientists or economists. These are actually interesting, and can be pretty funny.

For instance, you can see what keywords people have used in their internet searches. We’ve all done internet searches. You go into Google or Yahoo or whatever, type in a few words, and a list of links comes up. Here’s a sampling of just a few keywords that have referred people to my blog:

Women boobs, my heavy boobs, fat cheerleader, fat and skinny people kissing, thanks my big boobs, my job is bullshit, very pale person

Very pale person? How the hell did my blog come up in a Google search for very pale person? These are the kind of things that amuse me.

Another thing that’s really interesting is seeing how many people from different countries are viewing your blog. The vast majority of my readers are from the U.S. and Canada, but I do get a few from abroad, including:

United Kingdom, India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Germany, Russia, France, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, The Philippines, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia.

It’s pretty cool knowing that people from so many different countries are interested in size issues and are reading my blog. I’ve noticed a regular visitor from Russia with the abbreviation Drop me a line,! Thanks for being such a faithful visitor!

Another interesting thing is seeing how people are viewing your blog, meaning whether it’s through Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, etc. I’ve seen that some people have viewed my blog through a Nintendo Wii, and even a Nintendo DS! That blows my mind. I keep picturing someone playing Super Mario, then checking out my blog.

Your blog stats will also display your most popular posts (the ones with the most pageviews). My most popular posts are (in order of popularity):

The Woman in the Mirror - May 2011
In Praise of Big Boobs - April 2011
The Built-In Bullshit Detector - July 2011
They Just Have No Clue - June 2011
Fat on Film: Shallow Hal - April 2011

I was kind of surprised that In Praise of Big Boobs wasn’t number one, but The Woman in the Mirror was the clear winner, beating it by almost 100 views. I guess that just goes to show what a major issue body image is, that people are searching for articles or columns on it. It even beats boobs!

Blogging is hard work. It requires dedication, creativity, and the ability to cut through writer’s block with a hacksaw. But it’s also really rewarding. I love getting comments from you readers. They give me warm, fuzzy feelings inside. Please don’t ever hesitate to let me know what you think. 

And thanks for always making my stats so enlightening and entertaining!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thin Bashing

It’s an undeniable fact: a lot of fat people hate skinny people. Are we just as guilty of discrimination and prejudice as they are? Do we pre-judge people on appearance alone, just as we are judged? You bet your ass we do.

Being at the other end of the spectrum, I have to admit I haven’t given “thin prejudice” much thought at all. The more I do think about it, the more I realize how pervasive it really is.

Do I care? I’m not going to lie. I can’t say my heart bleeds for thin people who get hassled for how they look. Do I care when some anorexic model gets criticized and joked about for how her bones stick out of her body? Honestly, no. I know it’s wrong … but when I think about it, I’m tempted to say (like a lot of large people out there): “So what? It’s about time they take some flak for how they look and get to be on the receiving end of that kind of abuse.” Maybe that is doubly true for chronic fat haters and fat abusers. I certainly don’t give a shit if someone calls a skinny fat basher a twerpy pipsqueaked asshole or a toothpick-brained bitch. But that’s doing genuinely nice people (who also happen to be thin) a disservice.

I’m old enough to remember those Charles Atlas ads in the back of the comic books. Do you remember them? The ad was designed as a comic strip of some really skinny guy sitting on the beach with his bikini-clad girlfriend. Some musclehead bully comes along and decides to humiliate and shame him, and perhaps try to steal the skinny guy’s girlfriend:

At the end, of course, the skinny guy goes to the gym, beefs up, punches the guy out, impresses the girlfriend, and no doubt gets laid regularly for the rest of his life. He has gotten his revenge. But of course he had to beef up and change the way he looked before he became successful. No, the message hasn’t changed, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, although we females get this shit shoved down our throats a lot more than men do.

What about the whole “bimbo” perception? A lot of people assume that if a woman is incredibly beautiful and has a dynamite body, then she’s a total idiot. It’s a stereotype. Yes, there are a lot of very attractive women with very little brains who have become extremely successful strictly because of their looks. (I didn’t say Kim Kardashian, did I?) But not every stereotypically gorgeous woman is a bimbo.

Think about names like pipsqueak, toothpick, skeleton, skinny-ass, no-ass, skinny bitch … are they any less offensive than the names we get called? Of course not. But a lot of us feel justified in using them against thin people, even if they have never done a thing to us.

Sure, there are a lot of thin people out there who think they’re better than us simply because they’re thin. There are also a lot of thin people who are genuinely nice, sweet, friendly, and who are just as appalled by ignorance and prejudice as we are.

Meanness, bitterness, and ignorance is not restricted to size. Large people can be just as mean, bitter, and ignorant as the thin people who call them names.

Don’t assume that just because someone is thin that they are your enemy. You may find, once you drop your guard and your assumptions, that they are just as cool as you are, and a pretty wicked ally.