April 07, 2016

Plus-sized woman fired for using the word "fat" on Facebook

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

If a Prius driven by a body positivity warrior collides with an electric bicycle driven by the language police, who wins? Me and you, because we are standing across the street minding our own business, believing in free speech. 

This hypothetical scenario unfolded in an Edmonton clothing store. An employee was just fired from Addition Elle, a plus size women's clothing store, because of how she described her new job there on her Facebook profile. Connie Levitsky proudly touted her new job at Addition Elle by describing her job on Facebook as “conquering the world, one well dressed fat lady at a time.” She had to change her post once her manager had seen it, and then she was fired. Ms. Levitsky is a bigger girl herself, someone Addition Elle might call curvy or shapely. But Connie calls herself fat.

Fat is not a swear word. It’s both an adjective and a noun. It can be accurate and honest. I’m sympathetic to people who struggle with their weight, don't get me wrong, but words are only words. Do overweight women really need the language police to protect their feelings? Are they really so delicate that the language of other women, even the language of women of the same size, needs to be monitored? I refuse to believe that. Bigger girls are just as capable of being strong and confident as smaller ones.

I don't believe in language policing and it's strange to me that the entire “take back the word fat” crowd is now victim to another faction of the social justice movement, the speech totalitarians. These speech totalitarians will tell you how to describe reality. They'll tell you how to describe yourself. They will even tell you how words make you feel. And doesn’t this all seem so ironic coming from the same side of the political spectrum that says you can declare yourself anything and we all must accept it? You can declare yourself a woman, and man or even transracial and society must accept it as fact, yet a young woman can’t call herself fat without losing her job.

This young lady who got fired was someone who seemed to be happy in her skin and seemed happy to make others feel good in their own skin, too. That seems like the kind of person you’d want working in a store that caters to plus sized women.

And speaking of skin. Everyone in society needs to get thicker skin, no matter what size that skin is.

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commented 2016-04-09 16:23:27 -0400
So who’s gonna fire all those rappers who call themselves and other less fortunate black people, niggers? If fat qualifies for firing I guess nigger really qualifies for something. Jail perhaps?
commented 2016-04-09 11:36:51 -0400
For those fat people who are struggling with a behavior problem that causes you to be fat – and for anyone else out there struggling with similar behavioral and attitude problems – I have two words for you, proper nouns actually:
commented 2016-04-09 10:06:59 -0400


Fat lady.

Fat man.

Fat kid.

Fat grandkid.

Time to sue the store.

And for you fat people out there.

Time to stop shopping at their stores.
commented 2016-04-08 14:13:46 -0400
PHYLLIS, how dare you shame thin people with your post. They may be battling an eating disorder of some kind and your insensitive post just lowered their self-esteem and made them purge or self-harm again. Does anyone else see just how victimized our society has become? Everyone is different and unique. If we are physically cut we all bleed red. Please get past all the superficial bulls**t and concentrate on what is important. A label is not a person, it’s what’s inside that counts.
commented 2016-04-08 13:11:22 -0400
I am certainly not a proponent of changing language to appease certain groups. However, the antonym to fat is thin. Now when you describe a person as thin, it doesn’t sound derogatory. When you call someone fat, it sounds derogatory. Yes, fat is a noun. It surrounds our bones and protects the human body from injury. It encases a nice pork chop and makes it taste wonderful. In fact, we need a certain amount of fat in our diet and in our body. So, as a noun, it’s acceptable, but I don’t think calling someone fat is polite. Those who have an unhealthy BMI, know it, and those who have a healthy BMI know it. Of course, I do believe the left-wing ideology would also have a problem if you described a person as unhealthy instead of fat.
commented 2016-04-08 10:48:45 -0400
The “fat” issue is a prime example of the degenerated level of political /public discourse since cultural Marxism pervaded our culture. There are others, but this one seems to clearly exemplify the selective victimology and self righteous crusader mentality of leftist thinking in stark comparison to their darker street mob slandering/censoring side.

These so called “body awareness” evangelists are as close as the left has to libertarian thought – i.e. “I’m fat, it’s my choice or condition so leave me alone” – then they go left by attempting to force us all to accept “fat” as an identity group within the oppressed victim codex and force fat acceptance on us through the hammer of the state. Soon there will be fat hate speech crimes etc. etc. This is the convergence point with their more radical SJW brethren.

On the lefty statist tyranny side you have the fat haters who attempt to have the state regulate our food and caloric intake (it’s tied to the globalist sustainability dogmas). These lefty statist zealots will bump right up against the lefty fat identity politics cadre – get the popcorn and brewskis ready because the clash of a conflicted ideology will be entertaining.

To the left, the normalization of bad ideas and socially unacceptable conditions must be enforced through mob violence and state intolerance – coming soon to a HRC near you; “anti-fat hate crimes" while the other side want you thrown in jail for an ”unsustainable diet".
commented 2016-04-08 01:53:35 -0400
Many fat people do not want their fatness emphasized. People that are trans or whatever sexuality, on the other hand, do want their identity emphasized. That is the difference.

On top of that, the manager at the store thought the face book comment was insulting towards the customers.
commented 2016-04-08 01:49:13 -0400
Now we should belabour that FAThead company, Addition Elle.
They deserve it.
commented 2016-04-08 00:19:37 -0400
I was fat as a kid, got picked on for it, somehow i survived, i guess i am not a pathetic whiny wimp.
commented 2016-04-07 23:31:18 -0400
Good one Sheila, though I think it is getting too easy to out the SJW’s.
commented 2016-04-07 22:14:36 -0400
I’m reminded of Philip Roth’s 2003 book/movie ‘The Human Stain’. The speech police have been at it for as long as I can remember (and that’s a long time). However, it is out of control now.
commented 2016-04-07 22:01:52 -0400
You’re right. No one wants to hear the truth. You might hurt someone’s feelings. PC dictates that you must begin all social media with," it is my opinion ," as a disclaimer
commented 2016-04-07 21:30:13 -0400
Way back in the 30s there used to be a singer called Tessie O’Shay (Spelling uncertain ). This woman was extremely fat, so fat that she became known as ‘Two Ton Tessie O’Shay’
What would these stupid politically correct sht heads make of that.
commented 2016-04-07 20:24:00 -0400
it is your right to be whatever type of orca you wish to be. expect consequences from that decision. it doesn’t work for me with an active lifestyle but I am not going to preach to anyone about their size. it is (still) your choice…for now. we have enough people telling us who they think we should be.
and we should be allowed to describe ourselves freely without judgment or prejudice. the nanny state can take a long walk off a short pier , hand in hand with the politically correct crowd.
commented 2016-04-07 19:25:43 -0400
Well said, Sheila!