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Opening Arguments

Just don't say anything

The silliness never ends:

Ellen Frankel stands just 4-foot-8 1/2 inches tall, a size that allowed larger co-workers to playfully scoop her up at the office and make remarks about her height. Some even patted her on the head.

Lawmakers are considering complaints such as hers as they review a bill that would make Massachusetts just the second state to bar discrimination based on height or weight.

"People in authority will very easily make comments about height that they wouldn't make about race or gender," said Frankel, a Marblehead author.

Jeanne Toombs understands the frustration. She says overweight people routinely are discriminated against because of their size.

Toombs is a board member of a group called the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. I think I need to go lie down now. There is so much offense being taken out there that I can't keep up.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Fri, 05/18/2007 - 10:21am

I think in your case, not saying anything is the right way to go. And, when you get over your kneejerk hate-response, try investigating the discrimination and violence enacted against fat people on a daily basis. Personally, I've been denied two jobs (both of which I was the top candidate for), had bottles thrown at me on the street from coward bigots in conveniently speeding-away cars, had death threats in school (for taking up "too much space"), been harassed daily in school graffiti and through hazing, had musical instruments stolen and vandalized, and on one strange occasion was circled by a bunch of kids chanting obsessively about how they were going to "cut the fat" off my body.

Yeah, we're over fucking reacting.

Tue, 05/22/2007 - 11:23am

So are we now "raising the bar" for the "Vertically Challenged"?

Perhaps governor Daniels will privatize all the elevators in the state- That will "lift" revenues, and make hoosiers healthier, by making "Victims of Gravitational Anamoly's" (they weigh more than the rest of us?)exercise by using the stairs?