I posted the discussion question from my last blog onto the New Rules for Women FB page, and I immediately got a backlash. Not from the "regulars" on the site (who mostly agreed with me) but from people who I never see posting. And the backlash was interesting.
The backlash was mostly how:
a) The poster (me) obviously has food relationship problems
b) I'm condescending because I gave my credentials
I gave my credentials because I know what OCD is, and I'm not using the term lightly.
And, as you all know, I have BODY IMAGE problems, yes - but definitely not food problems. I love food. I tried to restrict the types of food I ate for like - A MONTH - and couldn't do it. I will count the calories of food, but never feel guilty when I go over my calorie range (maybe if I had felt guilty I wouldn't have such a big butt! hahaha).
I did get defensive in ONE case. Someone posted something like "Well, I have an MA in psychology, and you should have someone examine your food relationship issues". Now, it is pretty damn easy to get an MA in psych - I've written recommendation letters into programs, and the person has been accepted - even though I said things like "This person doesn't understand psychology is a science" because they think it's like Dr. Phil, or the person had only had three psych classes in undergrad.
Not ALL MA psych programs are THAT easy to get into, and some are pretty good. But since this woman got all pissy and posted that publicly on my page - evaluating me in that way is unethical - she obviously knows very little about psychology and ethics and so on.
So I told this one individual to take her dime-a-dozen MA and shove it up her a$$, which then caused a bunch of other people to get pissy thinking I meant them. So I deleted it. Whoops. Oh well.
In any event (and it was an event) I saw people getting VERY defensive over the term "clean eating" - not saying things like "Well, I like it" but saying things like "It's eating WELL, and obviously you're crazy, and I DON'T USE IT in an OCD way, YOU must be OCD" and so on.
Methinks they protesteth too much.
Clearly, judging by how many people FLIPPED THE HELL OUT over my post, it is a VERY loaded term. People who NEVER make a peep on that page were coming out of the woodwork to talk about how crazy I am.
On the other hand, the same post here (plus some extra! you get a bonus) brought NO ACCUSATIONS that I am actually having food issues. Ha, I think I eat more than the men that read my blogs (2000+ calories/day). It brought reasoned responses (some with swearing - haha! yes! - but still well reasoned).
And that's why I love you.