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1.2.08

The Last Acceptable Form Of Discrimination Is All Of Them

In response to the rightly-ridiculed news that some Mississippi legislator wants to ban restaurants from serving fat people, Rachel at The F-Word
asks
, "for all of you who doubt fat is one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination, what say you now?"

I say, "the existence of an anti-fat law proposal doesn't disprove the fact that there's still loads of discrimination against women, gays/lesbians/bisexuals, people of color, immigrants, disabled people, trans people, the poor, non-Christians, the elderly, non-human animals, and probably a bunch more I'm forgetting. The fact that one kind of discrimination is common doesn't mean it's a unique exception to our otherwise egalitarian society." I realize her comment is aimed at people who deny that anti-fat discrimination exists at all, and she (and the commenters who echo the framing) would probably admit that all those other discriminations exist too. But I still get annoyed at "last acceptable discrimination" rhetoric, because it comes off as a narrowness of focus on one issue and an exaggerated sense of one's own place in the oppression olympics.

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