Some asshole comes along to my FB page and calls me “fat”…
…but instead of ignoring this, like I have ignored hundreds, if not thousands, of comments like these, I chose to screenshot it, and post it on FB and Twitter. It’s a mild example of the kind of thing you have to face if you’re a woman online.
This isn’t a men vs. women thing either. A few months ago, a Twitter user by the name of Maryam’s Madness (a woman fan of Imran Khan) posted photographs of me that are available in the public domain, and mocked me for my weight. She pointed out my “fat arms” and my “cellulite” because I voiced support for Ayesha Gullulai and said that her accusations were serious and needed to be investigated through a legal process.
The question is not whether I am fat or not. The question is, who the fuck are you to fat-shame, slut-shame, or any-other-kind-of-shame a person, whether you know them or not? There is, of course, a sexist edge to this kind of pathetic attempt at shaming women who choose to have a visible public presence.
Remember, the world is not a beauty contest and women are not contestants breathlessly waiting for you to judge us on our looks, figures, or physical attributes. You may think you are asserting your superiority by doing this, casually or calculatedly, but rest assured you only look like a fool to the rest of the world.