Posted by: kierstin1220 | March 19, 2009

Judging Someone’s Weight is Offensive

While searching some blogs that have a topic similar to mine, I stumbled across Kiss My Assets and have been occasionally reading it. I generally tend to agree with what Dr. Robyn Silverman writes, however, today’s post left me somewhat baffled.

She was commenting on Meghan McCain’s appearance on the View Monday and how she responded to Laura Ingraham’s unneccessary and insulting comments about McCain’s weight. Here’s what Ingraham said:

Mocking McCain in a fake valley-girl voice Ingraham attacks McCain for voicing her opposing opinion about the controversial Ann Coulter. Instead of stating facts about why she disagrees with McCain’s recent statements, she delivers her a low blow by commenting on her weight.

OK, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don’t like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way. Laura Ingraham

First of all McCain is being attacked for having an opinion, which is not sending a good message to young girls who want to become involved in politics. In fact it’s not even sending a good message to girls who want to have their voices heard. Instead, it illustrates that women will continue to stoop down to the fifth grade level and hit a women where it really hurts: her weight.

McCain was on the View Monday morning and talked about the comment.

 

A perfectly fine  response, I think, for someone whose body image had been attacked. However, Dr. Silverman questions why being called “plus size” is so offensive.

So here’s my issue with the whole Meghan McCain “Body Bullying” issue …. why is being called “plus-sized” so offensive? Dr. Silverman

I think for once Dr. Silverman is missing the context of this comment. Although she does admit that Ingraham’s comment was inappropriate, she goes on to say:

The fact that we’re arguing that being “plus-sized” is an insult at all is actually a big part of the problem. Dr. Silverman

The real problem is is that the issue of weight was brought up at all. Why should someone’s weight be a factor in an exchange between two people concerning political opinion. I don’t see how those two things coincide at all. I also don’t see how speaking out against a comment such as the one Ingraham made is a bad thing. Although McCain doesn’t state that “plus-sized girls” should be valued too, such as Dr. Silverman suggested I don’t think her response was a bad or irresponsible one.

I think Dr. Silverman needs to take some time to reflect on a time when she was called fat. And then think of what it would have felt like if it were broadcast on the radio.

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