All Bodies Are Sacred — Yes, Even Fat Ones
As a Pagan, I believe that our bodies are part of the divine — a physical manifestation of the Soul, of the Universe in a way. As a lover of science, I know that my body is made of the same stuff as the stars and the earth itself. It’s sacred, and only good can come from self-love and acceptance. This approach informs a lot of my Fat Acceptance writing and embracing of the Health at Every Size® mindset.With that in mind, onward into the fray!
Last week, there was a bit of a fatstorm in the Pagan blogging community following the death of a well-known Pagan podcaster. I was horrified, then PISSED, that this convo about “what to do” about fat Pagan bodies was happening. I wrote about it, calling out the concern-trolling of one blogger, and the healthism and conflating of fat with health by another. The concern troll took the time out of his busy day to comment on my blog, expressing regret for saying anything to us non-professionals (like bias doesn’t exist in the medical community! LOL). The other has clarified her post since, wanting to steer clear of shaming any bodies and focusing instead on an honest conversation about health, not weight. Fair enough.
On Sunday, the WildHunt had a link roundup with more posts and perspectives on the issue from other Pagans — some fat, some not — and it was heartening to see so many voices speaking up for the sacredness of ALL bodies. Unlike Peter, the gent who’s post started this whole mess, they truly believe that all bodies are sacred and, equally important, none of anyone else’s business. I had the pleasure of ‘meeting’ Kitsune Yokai at the Fat Pagan blog and reading Star Foster‘s sassy response to the entire thing, plus a few others. I had been hoping the Pagan community would be the one place where fat shaming and hang-wringing wouldn’t happen, but I’m glad that when it DID there were many who spoke up and spoke out against it.
Part of me wonders how this conversation plays out in other faith-groups: how are fat people treated in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and shrines? If we’re all supposedly created in G/god’s image, then doesn’t that mean we’re all just the way we’re supposed to be? Is fat shaming and eliminationist rhetoric a problem in other faiths? I just don’t know, but I’m looking forward to hearing about it in the comments!