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College May Add Fat People to Diversity Program for Special Protections

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Sociology professor Andrea Hunt of the University of North Alabama wants her school to add “body size” to the college diversity curriculum so that fat students and teachers will no longer have to put up with the “weight-based microaggressions” they currently deal with from day to day.

Hunt is the recent author of an article called “Fat Pedagogy and Microaggressions: Experiences of Professionals Working in Higher Education Settings,” which is a fancy way of saying: Chunky people are not happy and the school needs to do something about it. But that doesn’t sound very college-y, so we understand why she chose the title she did.

In the course of writing this article, Hunt interviewed 13 overweight administrators about the perils of walking around school with a spare tire hanging over their belts. And when you see their complaints, you’ll notice that these “microaggressions” are not what you might believe them to be at first. No one’s necessarily calling these administrators “fatso” or putting gym advertisements in their mail cubbyholes. No, this is a lot more…ahem…subtle.

“I’ve experienced microaggressions around business wear/office clothes,” said one woman, called Anita for the purposes of the paper. Apparently Anita finds it difficult to shop for clothes because she’s, you know, not in a shape that manufacturers recognize as typical for the human figure. She claims that her coworkers are “resistant to discussions of size privilege and business casual requirements” in the office. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we’re guessing it’s something like this:

Anita: I can’t find any clothes that fit me.

Patricia: You should come to Pilates with me after school.

Anita writes furiously in her microaggression journal, taking special care not to spill any mustard on the page.

Some of what the interview subjects told Hunt was a little more understandably offensive.

“Because I am a chubby black woman who happens to be very curvy, folks think that it is acceptable to sing songs about big butts or make comments about having some ‘junk in the trunk,’” said a woman named Desiree.

Well, okay, that’s not something a woman should have to deal with in a workplace environment, but does it really mean the college has to turn fat people into yet another protected group? What if they were teasing her about her hair, instead? Or her name? Or any of a thousand other things that human beings tease each other about? How many special groups can we create?

  • gvette

    It’s not higher education, it’s higher liberal bullshit. Most collage teachers got their certificates from a cereal box.

    • BT

      They certainly act like it.

    • boone1

      All certificates come from kellogs box tops and by the way this company gave 950000.00 to antifa and blm.

      • gvette

        I didn’t know that, but I’m not surprised.Sad, I’d say!

  • Carolann Enkhaus

    But what about real skinny people, or people with really big noses

    • Thomas Fort

      Or flea brains

      • Peter Smith

        No, that one is covered, the liberal professors adequately cover this category. It might be of note that many of these professors would be catagorized as “over achievers” by rational thinking people……….

        • Thomas Fort

          You are talking about flea brains

          • Peter Smith

            Sorry Thomas, for some reason my first response did not post. Yes, I am referring to the “flea brains”. In a the world where “size matters”, the exceptional lack of “cranial residence” confirms these idiot professors with the moniker of “over achievers” as it pertains to the lack there of.

          • Thomas Fort

            I was talking about the idiot professors

          • Peter Smith

            Try re-reading my post, slowly this time. “the exceptional lack of “cranial residence” confirms these idiot professors”…So am I Thomas.

    • No Politics

      Or short people or not so attractive people? Where do we stop.

      • boone1

        It’s never going to stop.

    • boone1

      These people are out!!

  • Debbie Green

    I’m a chunky girl and I don’t feel the need for ANOTHER category is needed. It’s just more “Politically Correct” problem. There are too many already!

  • suerobb

    Being fat should not be protected. Sorry.

    • Thomas Fort

      What are they going to protect next? Dogs? Cats? Or will be fleas or will it be bedbugs? They went too far

  • ch

    I am a woman with big feet and wear mens shoes. One of my boses used to ask if I bought shoes, threw them away and wore the boxes. I just smiled and said sure, I am well anchored. Are they dishing out thinner skin now days, what the hell people, get over yourselves, get a sense of humor and move on.

    • mustangsallyann

      Being short, I get those questions such as ‘Am I standing in a hole?’ Being blond I’ve got enough blond jokes to fill 20 volumes. When secure in your heart and with your inner self, you can laugh just as loudly as everyone else. ;o)

  • How about ugly people in general?

    • Thomas Fort

      My ex would fit that description miss piggy would fit that description

    • mustangsallyann

      All of God’s creations are beautiful. I lost my mom due to a face lift. If she’d have learned to love herself, she’d still be with us now.

      • You are right. I’m sorry I made a joke of a serious matter. I would have to consider myself to be among the ugly, also. It did help toughen me up, though, as being ugly when I was young made me tough enough to be a good Marine.

        • mustangsallyann

          Jerry, I didn’t mean to upset you with my post. If any sadness or disgust came through in mine, it wasn’t about you, it was about the choice our mom made. I just want everyone to know they’re more beautiful than they themselves realize. Like you, I already know you’re a very handsome and beautiful man. When that shines through on the internet, it’s beauty of the best kind. A real man doesn’t use a keyboard to hide behind to be nasty. A real man keeps his dignity, values and morals intact at all times, and that’s who I see every time I read one of your post’s. ;o) We all have something we don’t like about ourselves but we’re usually our own worst enemy. We’re usually nowhere close to what others see when they truly see what’s inside us.

          I was always considered to be a beautiful girl and even in my 50s, had a better body than most teens today. Being an avid swimmer and staying in tip top shape was always a priority for me. I was also mistaken for being in my mid 30s while really in my 50s. The next thing I know I have breast cancer and it wasn’t a quick enough catch to save anything. My body rejected re-construction so those had to be removed and I was left with prosthetics as my only option. Well, those dang things are uncomfortable and heavy as bricks so I ended up going without them for the most part. For the first time in my life I learned I was a tad shallow and was afraid of the reactions I’d get, which I wasn’t very proud of. Although married I’d always received a lot of attention and thought that was it, they had mutilated my body. Guess what, my concerns were my own and not for others. I’ve still continued to be treated the same as when having my pre-op body. The only one that cared about it was me and nobody else. God showed me it never mattered to anyone but yours truly. I’m now grateful He allowed me to get sick to show me what He’d known all along. He taught me it wasn’t my looks or body that attracted people to me, it was that they saw Jesus and God in my eyes and actions. Moral of this story, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. When you have Jesus and God in your heart and mind, that’s the only beauty that shines through in everything. So don’t view yourself as you did, see what Jesus and God do. ;o)

          God bless and protect you and yours always. Amen. Sallyann

  • Thomas Fort

    People should be encouraged to lose weight . Fat is fatal

    • mustangsallyann

      Some carry weight from genetics or medical reasons so really can’t help it. In any case, they don’t need any extra protections. We’ve far too many true victims to help. We sure don’t need to waste our time worrying about this type of nonsense.

      • Thomas Fort

        They should lose weight fat is fatal

      • Thomas Fort

        They should lose weight fat is fatal there are numerous options it’s their fault they are overweight

      • Thomas Fort

        A lot of people blame circumstances and and external factors for being overweight it’s their fault and for those who say they tried everything are lying there are new products for weight loss coming out daily so they are inaccurate

        • mustangsallyann

          For the most part I agree. But there’s a very small fraction that have problems with thyroid, medications and such that is legitimate and again, very small. Most others diet during daylight, then sneak eat in the middle of the night to hide it and blame it on something else. For that higher portion, they’ve no one to blame but themselves.

          • Thomas Fort

            My sister has a thyroid issue and hasn’t gained weight she takes medication people who are fat should blame themselves take responsibility and lose the weight I had a weight issue. I lost 28 pounds as a result of taking responsibility for my weight

          • emag

            Many meds cause weight gain.

        • 1966pontgp

          If a child grows up in a home where the parents are fat then they are exposed to bad eating habits. A child has to eat the meal on the table. That is why you often see ENTIRE families that are fat.

      • Cheryl Detar

        A new study, just came out. It found genetics has very little to do with being overweight. My mother was overweight. NONE of us 4 children are overweight.

        • mustangsallyann

          We don’t have many overweight in our family either. We have issues of being way too skinny although we eat like horses. I’m trying to be nice here but no one seems to get it. ;o)

          • Cheryl Detar

            I, myself, 5’2, 110 pounds. I eat a lot. Much of it has to do with staying active.

          • mustangsallyann

            Dang, we’re the same height and weight although I’m 57. You’re right, I’ve never been on a diet in my life but we’ve always been a very active and athletic family.

          • Cheryl Detar

            Honey I’m 69. I still work 3 days a week, have a large home on a acre and do most of my own home repair. Getting ready to put a new floor in my kitchen. I’ve always got a project going. I grow a lot of my own veggies and lots of flowers. I can and freeze for the winter.

  • Thomas Fort

    What about protection for dogs? Or cats

  • Francisco Machado

    Adding fat people? Just fat people? how about diversity? Besides, very thin people are a smaller minority than very fat people. They’re outweighed by the majority. I think it’s unfair that the biggies get to throw their weight around, particularly since the thin ones have so little of it to throw.

    • Larry Gagnon

      Great pun! I will borrow it. (I am gravitationally enhanced and a life-long enemy of scales. I am also chronologically advanced & superiorly wrinkled.)

  • A. Jay

    Power to the Porkers!! What will the goofy left come up with next???

  • depaz

    Good grief. . . . . .

  • No Politics

    Not a good idea because obesity is what makes the healthcare sky high. Why encourage victimhood? Too many narcissistic haters love being special in a bad way.

  • imbog

    Over weight is not healthy and certainly not nice to see,,,,,,It’s not the heavy air that makes you fat…….I lost 30 pounds in 6 months and love it.. I still eat very well but just cut back all the midnite extras

  • Rob

    The bottom line is most fat people are Democrats at least the ones I know and the same for teachers fat and skinny.

  • bob breglio

    This is the height of stupidity. If you’re fat, why don’t you try living a healthier lifestyle [hint – eat less and exercise more] or else just put up with the big butt jokes. This country is going to hell with all this nonsense. So you get offended – GET OVER IT and grow up an stop whining like little kids. I would not recognize the college this supposedly educated idiot teaches at.

  • Rodzzz

    Knock it off with all the stupid BS diversity programs.

  • Ken Barber

    How about women with really big tits ?

    • Libs R Loons

      LOL…I won’t be complaining!

      • mustangsallyann

        I knew one of you would go there. LOL

        • Libs R Loons

          Well…..men ARE visually-stimulated creatures, but I wouldn’t let my Cherokee wife catch me looking. 🙂

    • Thomas Fort

      Great

  • Ken Barber

    How about women with 4 kids and no husband to help raise them ?

  • mustangsallyann

    Good grief!! Why not tell those disgusting rapper’s to quit writing about those big butts as it’s they that write about them. Even better, say something about their complete disrespect for women in every context, period. So it’s not okay to sing about big derriere’s, but acceptable to sing about rape, bondage and murder. What about the ultra skinny? I’ve always fought to keep weight on and searching for clothes that fit is just as hard. I can’t buy anything that doesn’t need alterations and hemming, and I know plenty of other women with the exact same problem. Being a great seamstress I’ve made many things on my own. Why not acquire another skill to help themselves? It’s getting so tiring hearing these so called adults whine like children. What will they find to complain about tomorrow?? Here’s a thought. Heal their heart’s, accept who they are and they’ll no longer be so danged shallow.

  • RSM

    Is the University providing free fried food, cake, and ice cream for them in the cafeteria? To avoid a lawsuit the university will have to provide free high calorie and sugary snack items. Can’t require this protected category to pay for it. After all, if they claim to be born that way they feel they bear no personal responsibility.

    Next thing you know the diversity program will include pedophiles, because they also claim to be ‘born that way.’

    Romans 1:22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,..”

    • mustangsallyann

      What a great scripture to post. I hope many, many people read it and garner some sense in doing so. God bless you. Sallyann

  • Richard B

    Utterly absurd.

  • Ron Dapo

    I’m 65 years old and going bald and l have people making ( MICROAGRESSIVE remarks to me. So l want my category also. Does it come with a go fund me page? Another example of higher education
    in full form…

  • Tiger

    If every single person with a big nose, big butt, big ears, huge torso, club feet, crossed eyes, etc is protected I have to ask when does it end? Protected from what? I have known people who were ugly, people who were obese, people who had disabilities and they were successful. Success in life is not based totally on how you look but who you are and what you do with what you have. This is a bad direction to take America and only becomes a nation of complainers and those who believe themselves to be victims.

    Enough. This has become the Theater of the Absurd.

    • Amen. I was/am ugly, and the taunting I sometimes got when I was growing up helped make me tough enough to make marine Corps boot camp seem easy, Vietnam survivable, and I have been stronger throughout life that I would have been if I had been “cute” and mollycoddled.

      • Tiger

        Wonderful for you and you certainly are not ugly, you are to be saluted. I was fat as a child. My mother, European called it hefty. My ballet teacher told her I couldn’t be in the recital because I didn’t look like the other girls, I was 5 my mother changed her mind.

        I continued to be husky, until 13 when all fat disappeared and never came back. I learned to fight and to take out a few bullies when young. Ran with the boys as my best friends and learned to hate girls. Have had a great and successful life.

        • Good for you!
          Sometimes enduring cruelty makes us stronger than the people administering the cruelty.

          • Tiger

            Yes it does Jerry. When I grew into a good looking young woman I was always filled with love and compassion for the girls who were not so pretty, those who were not popular, I was popular and won awards, but I never forgot anyone, poor or otherwise.

            I never dated a boy for his looks or popularity but for his heart and his outlook on life. I have found throughout my life the boys who were not popular or good looking by standards of the day, grew into admirable men.

          • mustangsallyann

            Ditto. Looks don’t impress me, it’s what’s in the heart that does. When I married my computer geek hubby my friends were all shocked. Once they knew his heart like I did, they all inquired if he had a brother and if not, where could they get a clone. LOL After nearly 30 years together, he’s still the most handsome man I’ve ever known.

          • Tiger

            And by George I have a computer expert also, but he is a looker and they did studies said computer geeks the best lovers, I agree, they pay attention to detail. In more ways than one.

          • mustangsallyann

            You made me blush! If I knew how do it, I’d add a great big toothy, grinning smiley for us both. ;o) They’re also very gentle and kind which is also a huge turn on.

          • Tiger

            Amen for sure.

          • mustangsallyann

            ;o)

    • David Phipps

      If you think Big Ears are something go discriminate against, then Former President Obama is WIDE Open. I fi not care about someone’s ears but the lack of Not Being Honest between those BIG EARS.

      • Tiger

        LOLOL good post, it is what is between the ears that count. It is what is inside the torso that counts. Beauty truly is only skin deep as Neil Bortz once said, the most beautiful girl in the room is nothing but an empty dress when compared to the woman with brains. In college I learned if the man was all about his Italian shoes, his perfect hair and clothes he would never be about anyone else. But the hard working man was honest, refreshing, kind and fun.

        When acting and dancing when we ladies approached by a three piece suit man, I would say how is your wife and children? They would get stunned but taking off that wedding ring leaves a white untanned mark. Silly rabbits.

        • Thomas Fort

          Hope he is not a flea brain

  • Libs R Loons

    If those people are so hypersensitive about their weight, then it’s up to them to DO something about it….like maybe dieting?
    On a personal note, as a Native American of Cherokee descent, I’ve only ever been insulted by the liberals themselves….the same type who claim to be on the side of NAs and every other minority in our country while they’re just using minorities for votes without otherwise doing anything constructive for them.

    • mustangsallyann

      Thank you for your post. It’s no different in every charitable cause unless they think they’ll get a good photo op. I belong to the Operation Blessing Crisis Team and 90% of those that go where needed are conservative, pass out supplies and funds from our own pockets are conservative, in fact I don’t know of any org. that is mainly run and funded by libs at all. They love to take credit for what conservatives do but those in the know, know they’re nothing but liars.

      • Libs R Loons

        Thank you, Ma’am, and if liberals would just volunteer at any women’s shelter, they’d see who’s REALLY waging a war on women.

  • Knowledge Transfer

    Keep pampering perversion and pacifying perverts.

  • bekindandfair

    Is it because they can’t find any slim people?

    • mustangsallyann

      It’s because they can’t find their brains. SMH

  • bekindandfair

    Why don’t they just confine it to fat busts and forget about the rest of the body?

  • Thomas Fort

    My ex would be in that protected class. She could play linebacker for the Saints or cowboys

    • mustangsallyann

      Stop being mean. We know you don’t like your ex already. ;o) LOL

  • Busdriver Bill

    Good God – I’m over 80, in great health, blond and blue-eyed, snappy sense of humor, and what do I get? There are folks in all sorts of “diverse” categories who must just “HATE” me for being so fortunate. Should I not search for some sort of special protection under the diversity laws because of this? Good God (Oh-oh, I’m repeating myself. Senior moment, no doubt).
    HELL no, I don’t need any special protection – that is, unless these specially protected folks should organize and attempt to bar folks like me from expressing ourselves, openly, with opinion, not necessarily to their liking – then I want an official national police-force to come to my rescue armed with the Bill of Rights, and an HONEST Justice Department to defend LIBERTY once again.
    By the way, Desiree, ever consider either laughing WITH them, or even losing a little weight? (Every millimeter of capillary forces the heart to work harder – so it’d be in your best interests).
    Actually, I kind-a long for the days of the big cars – with the “big trunks.”
    As for “Big Al’s” little bro – you are WRONG, and you need to hear about it. I always thought folks were laid back down south.

  • Alan404

    Sensible eating habits, perhaps combined with a little exercise have been known to fix a multitude of problems, not to mention avoiding others.

  • Frances Carlson

    Just when I think these university professors can’t get more ridiculous, someone steps up and proves me wrong. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the stupidity on display.

  • Voice of Reason

    I would like to know why handicapped parking stickers are handed out to people whose only disability is their inability to push away from the dinner table.

  • jefz

    Today’s college degree is equivalent to a grade school diploma earned decades ago,. Most graduates of today’s colleges lack the knowledge and intelligence to become constructive objective citizens. Their mentality, take care of me from cradle to coffin, Their instructors, as proven in this absurd article, are given titles that are meaningless, embarrassing.and totally undeserved. Education in this country has become a joke. Monies could be saved by granting each newborn a college degree in conjunction with their birth certificate.

    • Attilathehun

      My late father left school after the 8th grade just like a lot of men and women that age. He got a job, bought a farm, married, raised a family, and left a sizeable estate. Today’s typical college grad with twice the education (16th grade) is heavily in debt and can’t find a job. Go figure?

  • cg

    What about the skinny people? They also need a diversity program.

  • Timothy Thompson

    Just another entitlement to allow the government to have control of selected winners and losers. Please President Trump put a stop to this bull shit. Stop eating and shazam you’ll lose weight. This is just plain out of control. Just like the endangered species starts with a few pretty soon the left smothers the life’s blood out of Americans losing their property, California a small fish dries up central California who feeds the world. God help us, these communists are totally out of control and killing our wonderful country.

  • Attilathehun

    I have read where Alabama has more fat people per capita than any other state. Is that the state where “the livin’ is easy”? Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high,Oh, your daddy’s fat and your ma is heavy-lookin’, so hush, little baby, don’t you cry. Just go on down to the democrat office, and apply.

  • BT

    Oh, please!

  • disqus_0YrcoCIq2i

    They should include everyone.

  • CBUJAN

    Diversity is a falsehood you can’t have diversity without unity. With all the third world immigrants we have allowed in our country that do not want to assimilate to our way of life, they want to maintain their own culture and language , this being said unity is impossible.

  • boone1

    Andrea Hunt must be a real fat ass her self.

  • Thomas Fort

    Why protect piggies

  • Buckeye conservative

    So am I to say to the person who can’t fit into anything other than a 55″ waist pants how nice they look slipping down over their bulging belly to their hips that they really look good?? What about all this stuff about making people “healthy” – – that doesn’t fit the discusssion at all. Hey fatso – – you’re raising my insurance rates – – loose some weight.