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Fat Girls Take The Lead

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We’ve seen the fat leads who hate themselves; we’ve seen the fat leads who learn to love themselves in spite of their body...

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Take The Cake: 'This American Life' Is Really Bad At Talking About Fat

Um, yuck.

Though there was useful commentary, deeply personal stories, and some incisive observations, my problem with the episode is that it ultimately repeats a harmful framework:
Fat people (nearly all women) were on trial and up for observation (their privacy already considered non-existent) — not the fatphobic bias that had so clearly shaped their lives.

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