''The way''

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Posted by HSG on March 19, 2005 at 06:07:31:

"'This is my way; where is yours?'--thus I answered those who asked me 'the way.' For the way--that does not exist."
    -Nietzsche, Also sprach Zarathustra

The question, "How does one best serve this cause?" (i.e., the cause of size celebration) comes up frequently at this forum, and there is really no one, single answer.

Rather, the approach than individuals should take depends largely on their own temperaments. Everyone should follow their own instincts in determining how they can help bring about an aesthetic restoration in our culture.

Some individuals are characteristically pugnacious, and if the abuses of the mass media towards full-figured goddesses raise their ire, then by all means, they should take a stand against this kind of bigotry, and fight the good fight in whatever venue they choose. It takes a brave individual to wade into a hostile environment--filled with cretins who slander plus-size women for the same reasons that schoolyard bullies attack anyone whom they believe they can abuse with impunity--and stand up to a mutually-congratulatory mob.

Doing so may seem like fighting an unwinnable fight--but then, so did Agincourt. And the victory is not what matters most. The defiant stand itself is a kind of victory, because it will inspire more resistance.

Those who shy away from such open combativeness can at least influence their immediate social circles. Without being needlessly belligerent, they can inform their peers in a civil manner that they will not suffer their negative comments about women of size--all the while affirming their own preference for the timeless standard of beauty.

One can lament the fact that many individuals express size negativity simply due to their vulnerability to peer pressure . . .or, one can capitalize on this vulnerability, and chip away at their paper-thin social conditioning.

Who knows? Your efforts could help your peers realize how they really feel about modernity vs. timelessness, or about aesthetics vs. ideology--matters in which they have hitherto listened only to other voices, rather than to their own hearts.

Still others may find that their talents are best lavished on creative projects that entirely ignore the body-hatred that dominates media discourse, and provide oases of freedom and pleasure. This is the Mode strategy, and it is the rarest and most difficult contribution to make, because it requires that you first make an imaginative leap, and conceive of what a truly size-positive world will look like, and then, that you help make that vision concrete, so that others can see it, and be inspired by it.

Ultimately, whether through open combat, subtle persuasion, or leap of faith, everyone can make a contribution of some sort to this noble endeavour. Failure can only result from doing . . . nothing.

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