Living at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia

2014-08-18-ScreenShot20140817at11.34.29PM-thumbSo, if you’ve ever seen full-length pictures of me, you probably know that I’m a fat girl.

My last post here on HuffPost was about how you should interact with me, a fat woman who wears revealing clothing. It sparked a lot of controversy. Many said that I should not be glamorizing obesity, others that I couldn’t ask not to be stared at when I’m breaking down social barriers, and others commented that I really don’t have it that badly; after all, all woman are body policed, not just fat ones.

The latter point is what I want to explore: how my identity as a woman informs my identity as a person of size. Because they do not exist in separate microcosms; they very much interact and inform one another.

If you’ve never taken a feminist theory course or have no idea who bell hooks is, you might not know anything about intersectionality. But it’s very important that you know what the concept is before I get deeper into these identity politics. Intersectionality is the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. It examines how different marginalized identities interact and connect to each other.

Since I’m both a person of size and a woman, it means that I occupy two oppressed identities simultaneously.

This is intersectionality…