My blog yesterday upset one of the fatshamers of twitter. And their insult was “Shouldn’t it be LittleMissCankle instead of cackle?”
I wasn’t phased, I replied with “doesn’t bother me, I ran the London Marathon this year ;-)”
Their final retort, before I blocked them, because frankly, I don’t need to interact with self loathing trolls, was “Did you actually RUN the marathon, or did you walk? You can’t say you ran it if you walked. That’d be lying.”
The reason I’m sharing this is because it just goes to show that nothing will satisfy a troll. I didn’t run the whole marathon, it’s true. But I did run about 19 miles of it! And really, it doesn’t matter whether I ran 26.2 miles, or walked every single yard. Whether it is walking or running, the distance is the same, and training for a marathon requires months of dedication and several sessions a week. I may not be the fittest I could be. I may not be super slim and a runner of the highest calibre. I may not be the healthiest person in the world. But I committed to a major sporting event, and I completed it. But that wasn’t enough for the troll. It didn’t fit their image of a fat accepter sitting on the sofa for 14 hours of the day, and sleeping the other 10. It didn’t support their belief that fat people are bone idle.
Of course, my body my business, it goes without saying, but the fact is, that even when you do make an effort to push yourself, even when you do eat well and move for health, and so on and so forth, someone somewhere is going to hate you and criticise, and accuse you of lying.
Fat shaming isn’t about concern for health and happiness, for anyone. It’s about hate, and anger, and judgement. It’s about people being affronted at the idea that people can live happily in their bodies that aren’t the socially acceptable norm.
I admire the Fat Acceptance activists. The ones who will stand up against these trolls. But for me, I won’t interact. I will blog, I will share my experiences, but yesterday’s twitfuckery shows there is no point taking part in any argument with people who use the #fatacceptance hashtag to spew hate.