Showing posts with the label name calling

Cat-calling, Name-Calling, and Cookout

Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are angels of light, support, guidance, healing and defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels. And we have names for them: racism, sexism, homophobia are all demons - but they're not out there. --Matthew Fox In today's paper, there was an editorial by a young female editor about having to endure "cat-calling" and other harassing behavior by men on the street. Does that crap still happen? I don't know why some men think such behavior is, in any way, acceptable. Women (and children) need to feel safe out in public and men hitting on women (even if it's just in "jest") can be frightening. Also, yelling at and mocking overweight people is a big no-no. Okay, I get if someone doesn't "like" fat people, and no matter how much I wish I could change the heart of haters, one can think whatever he or she wants. However, one should keep one's thoughts and feelings inward and move o

Thought for the Day--May 2, 2011: Negative Judgments and Stereotypes

I may have exaggerated a bit when I said that 80 per cent of the top 100 women are fat pigs. What I meant to say was 75 per cent of the top 100 women are fat pigs. --Richard Krajicek Trying to find a positive quote about this topic was nearly impossible, but I did find the above sentiment about fat people (especially women), all too common. Although I usually like to post wise and timeless sayings, this one by some clueless jerk (a professional tennis player) is, sadly, how most people, even other fat people, judge fat people by name calling and stereotyping. At top, I have posted a partial picture of a fat woman. I'm not going sugarcoat the reality: she is most definitely fat, and that is a fact, not an opinion. But how does her state of physical being stereotype her and other fat people? How are fat people judged and assessed? Recognizing that people are fat and how we relate to them (or ourselves) are two different things. So when you see the above fat person, what assumptions w

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment