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Friday, April 26, 2013

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/2
3/pictures_of_people_who_m
ock_me/

One of my facebook friends posted this link the other day, and I found it really interesting. This woman appears to be a photographer or at least some kind of artist by trade, and she suffers from some health issues that contribute to keep her overweight. She noticed that perfect strangers will sometimes make fun of her behind her back because of her weight, and she arranged to have an assistant take photos whenever this seemed to be happening. It doesn't seem to be a revenge sort of thing - she's not posting the photos somewhere out of malice. She just genuinely seems to be curious about the response her body gets from strangers. And some of those responses do seem to be rather rude. (Though there's at least one photo of a guy who appears to be sneering at her that I wonder about...maybe she just caught him at a bad moment and he was in the middle of preparing to sneeze or say something or do something completely unrelated to her; maybe he wasn't paying any attention at all to her.)

Anyways, I would be very interested to see the full collection of photos she's taken. And I'm also just really interested in her seemingly calm and okay-with-it-all attitude about the fact that people mock her. I would cry, myself, but she doesn't seem to take it so personally. To which I say, good for her! Way to take something that might have crushed other people (like me) and turn it into art!
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LYDDIECAT 4/27/2013 11:15AM

    Wow...so interesting! It is true that people feel like they have the right to criticize others for the way they look. Even when we say positive things about other people's bodies, we are making judgements about them.

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DUXGRL1 4/27/2013 9:57AM

    I definitely want to check this out.

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MAMAGOOSE75 4/27/2013 12:16AM

  The website was terrific. Thanks so much for sharing.

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