March 12, 2015

Feeling fat? Now you can't tell your Facebook friends

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

The old "women's liberation" saying -- "Fat is a feminist issue" -- has made a comeback, thanks to a petition against a Facebook emoji.

As we told you earlier, some self-appointed social justice warriors successfully campaigned to get the social media giant to remove the "Feeling Fat" option from their selection of yellow emoticons, arguing that it contributed to "body image issues."

Emily Pratt took to the streets of Toronto to ask women -- and men -- if "fat" really can be a "feeling":


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commented 2015-03-13 14:32:14 -0400
So now Facebook can dictate how people feel. if I feel fat, sad, tired, angry, sore or sick I should be able to express that. Facebook does not control feelings, it is only a medium for expressing them. If we don’t allow people to express that they are depressed how can we know there is a problem and attempt to help the person deal with it. #bubblfromnurserytograve
commented 2015-03-13 13:43:04 -0400
To have an emoji for “Feeling Fat” could be construed as being insensitive to a person who is struggling with body image, especially if it was attached in posts to people who struggle with weight issues by people who do not struggle in that way. As for actually being an “emotion” in the same way happiness is an emotion, that is for the individual to decide. I noticed in your interviews, you did not interview one man or woman who was overweight or obese. Surely these should be the men and women you should be asking.
commented 2015-03-13 13:15:04 -0400
I have never seen or used such a thing. I would like to see a study done to see who actually used it and if they had self esteem issues or were just commenting on eating too much turkey at thanksgiving. Perhaps if it is actually worth banning for leading to self esteem issues it should have been developed into a bell weather to notify a social worker to follow up with the person … just saying. Pretty much a non issue for everyone except people who have nothing better to do than judge others to force them to be “Progressive”.
As a side note – When did “Progressive” come mean : To be against progress and free speech, as well as anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and pro-Islam? Is the Irony only in my mind?
commented 2015-03-13 00:54:27 -0400
That cat has the right idea.
commented 2015-03-13 00:51:11 -0400
For something that is an alliteration, I feel too much is made about this. Sufferin succotash, we are getting thin skinned.
commented 2015-03-13 00:33:59 -0400
“I feel fat” could be misunderstood as used in the active sense so everyone thinks you’re some sort of fat fetishist and police show up at your door and charge you with a fat crime. Then what? You’d have to keep donuts on hand all the time to use as bribes.#vicious cycle.
commented 2015-03-13 00:13:50 -0400
The west is raising a generation of pansies…
commented 2015-03-12 21:25:18 -0400
I never used those but had I known that that there was that emoticon I would have used it and I am fat…sheesh on the bubble wrap life!!!