A body-image activist group called Endangered Bodies has collected more than 14,000 signatures for a Change.org petition aimed at making a very important change at Facebook. According to the petition, the social media giant must remove both the “feeling fat” status and the accompanying emoji if they wish to ensure that all bodies “are respected and cared for.”
“When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat,'” says the petition, “they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. That is not OK. Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight. And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for.”
Facebook’s initial response seems unyielding, but it would not surprise me in the least to see them bend to the will of the extreme left. It wouldn’t be the first time. The question is: how far must we go to ensure that no one ever has their precious feelings hurt? How many benign sayings must we ban from the language? How many imagined insults must we perceive? Because if it’s no longer okay to make mention of fat people in anything but positive, respectful terms, there is clearly no limit to what the PC police are capable of.
Once again, we strive to create victims out of thin air. A fat third-grader is a victim. A fat adult is not. At some point, we’re going to have to acknowledge that making sure everyone is happy is not only an unachievable goal, it is at odds with what’s best for this country. Scratch that, it’s counter to what’s best for the human race. We didn’t rise out of caves to become masters of our environment by catering to every emotional boo-boo. We did so through seeking glory, crushing competition, and striving for excellence. Those who embodied these values achieved success. Those who did not were lost to history. It may be cold, but fighting against that truth is a waste of time.
Personal responsibility has become a thing of the past. Liberals, when not talking about abortion, despise the word “choice.” For them, there are no choices. There are only circumstances. If you’re fat, you have an eating disorder. That may be true, but you’re still choosing to eat more and exercise less. As long as you fundamentally understand what causes obesity – and everyone who signed that petition does – then you are making a daily choice to stay in that state. Period. And that’s the great thing about America. You’re free to make that choice.
What you’re not free to do is demand that others respect that choice. Being obese is one of the clearest indications available that you have no self-control. That you are weak. You may be fine with that, but not everyone feels the same way. Whining about it isn’t going to change anything.
By re-imagining something as basic as weakness as a disease, we are cutting yet another leg from our table of personal responsibility. As it crashes to the ground, so does America.