Several “cheap chic” retailers, including Target and Forever 21, are beginning to stock plus size clothing. I thought that sounded pretty cool, but apparently, it will only encourage teh fattiez:
“Yeah, as capitalists they have the right to address a growing marketplace and it’s a smart business decision,” said MeMe Roth, president of the organization National Action Against Obesity.
“However, when you look at the human cost, what we’re doing is we’re on the Titanic and rather than forcing our children into the lifeboat, we’re telling them to join the band. Worrying about fashion rather than worrying about the food is a horrible message that we’re sending these kids,” Roth said.
Seriously? Yes, kids feeling entitled to stylish, fun clothes that fit is way, way worse than kids feeling completely ashamed of their average-sized bodies.
MeMe Roth, I hate walking into a store not knowing if they carry my size, but I don’t hate it because it makes me feel ashamed of my weight, of my body, of myself. I hate it because I like shopping, and moreover, I like my body, and I resent being asked to believe that I shouldn’t.
MeMe Roth, do you know how many people don’t think they should be allowed to feel that way? Do you know how many people feel like fat is the worst thing they could ever be? Do you know how many “obese” kids spend plenty goddamn time, thank you very much, “worrying about the food”? That is the horrible message you’re sending them: that because of their body, they do not deserve to fit, they do not deserve to look like you, or go the places you go. That because of their body, they do not deserve to belong. That’s irredeemably stupid.