If you’re overweight and own a vagina Reddit can be a scary place to post a picture of yourself. Over the last year, in an effort to seem more advertiser friendly, the site dropped a lot of the sections dedicated to making fun of people that were overweight after one such section tried to get someone to kill themselves. There were claims that the idea of the section, called “Fat People Hate”, was an effort to make fun of them in the hopes of getting them to take action and lose weight. In the end the whole section and its sister sections were banned and attempts to make new sections with the same theme have met the same fate.
In some ways Reddit is worse off now than it was back then. It used to be that you could look into someone’s comments and tell that they were from one of these groups. It used to be that they were at least encouraged to keep their vile shit in that section.
Fast forward to this–a section of Reddit called “Am I Sexy”; it’s one of many such sections (Am I Pretty, Rate Me, and so on). On the surface it might seem that these are already a breeding ground for trouble, but they don’t have to be. Constructive criticism about style and looks isn’t necessarily a bad thing and it doesn’t have to be a rude or mean thing.
I browse the area myself sometimes, though I never leave mean comments and rarely say anything at all. The trend I’ve noticed lately is that perfectly healthy sized women, even women who are already working out, are being told that they’re too fat.
At this point you probably think that I’m messing with you. There’s no way this girl on the left was told that she needed to lose weight, where would she lose it from? That’s the exactly what I wondered when I saw this a few months back. I even sent a link to my friend so that they could see what I was talking about.
Offering a dissenting opinion will usually end with you being down voted until your opinion is no longer visible on the site, but I’m wondering what makes people think that this is in any way overweight. Even celebrities aren’t typically skinnier than this.
With the second example (both of which belong to the same girl) the word obesity was thrown around. She actually came back in the comment section and tried to argue with people telling her that her B.M.I. was unhealthy and even when she said her B.M.I. had been taken recently and came back fine they argued that she was disgusting. I get not being attracted to someone–that’s completely fine, but it seems that for you to be pushed to disgust by someone who looks like this:
…is fucking way past pushing it. It seems more likely that these sections are just a gathering place for some of the former “Fat People Haters”, but that barely makes sense considering that neither of these women posted are fat. Truth be told it seems that the whole section is just a place for people to dump on others to feel good about themselves or to feel a little burst of power that comes with kicking someone.
People who sit around devising complex rating systems and telling women who they’d probably be too afraid to approach in person that they’re a 3.5, by their ranking is possibly one of the few satisfactions these types get out of their miserable lives–and that’s the one thing I am sure of. Regardless of how good these people look, how fit they are, or how much money they have their lives are miserable.
If they weren’t, they wouldn’t go through so much trouble to hurt others.