If you go to the front page of Shapely Prose, the fat acceptance blog I headed up between 2007 and 2010, you will find a big “Sorry, we’re closed” sign under the words “Welcome to the Shapely Prose Archive.” If you still don’t get it, beneath that, I explained even more about how the blog is no longer operational. In September 2010. And if someone arrives today via a link to a specific post, the blog’s fucking tagline is now “2007-2010,” so I’m really not trying to trick people into mistaking it for an active blog.
Around September 2010, I also turned off comments for the whole site, forever, and said I wasn’t going to check the moderation queue again, which is hands-down one of the most liberating decisions I’ve made in recent years. Until tonight, I’d kept good on my promise not to check the queue. I’m not entirely sure how I ended up with 206 pending comments–most of them spam, of course, but many of them real comments from 2011–in the Shapely Prose queue, since the current template doesn’t even offer comment boxes at the end of posts anymore. But I have changed the template a few times, so maybe some did?
Anyway. Tonight I pop over to the SP dashboard to see what kind of traffic I got on a post that was linked a lot yesterday, while the #mencallmethings campaign was going strong. (This is because I am narcissistic and have too much time on my hands, so save your breath. I know.) And I decide I’m going to skim those 206 pending comments to see how many of them are exactly the kind of thing we were talking about. Wouldn’t it be funny if people were commenting on a long-dormant blog in hopes that somehow, someday, I would still receive their very important messages about how I am ugly, disgusting, stupid, deserving of painful death, etc.?
HILARIOUS, is what that would be.
The same 2007 that happened four years ago, just so we’re clear.
1. You make me [sic].
“You fat people disgust me, I mean how hard is it to not eat and do heaps of exercise for a few weeks (not hard). You people may love your body now, but just wait until you are having a heart attack or stroke in a few years time, you sad excuses of humans make me sick. There are so many sick people that would do anything for a healthy body and you putrid fatties abuse yours in the name of ‘bieng proud of your body’.
Do society a favour and eat some more McDonalds so you’ll die faster thus making the world a better place.”
- “You Make Me Sick,” firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Look, we’ve established that I’m fat. I would need a much bigger dignity if I intended to hide behind it.
“What??? This is bull crap. Fat is a sickness and is horrible. Do double chin looks sexy or healthy? People please loose weight and stop mistreating your body. Start today by eating healthy and start doing some exercise. Sedentary people sadly don’t know how to eat and they eat mostly “crap”, processed “microwaveable” food. Lots of refined sugar and white flours, lots of fried foods. Some people is Fat because a medical condition no matter what they do or don’t. But being fat without a reason is a WORSE sick condition because you don’t realize how bad and ugly is your situation.
Of course there are thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise …. and so what??? Fat people do not eat healthy either don’t lie to your self, you get there by just eating bad and toooo much. Stop hidden behind the “dignity” crap and start by showing some guts and self control and lose weight. Stop being a loser, if being fat is a good and acceptable matter why you feel so depressed and you read books about loving your fat body?????? Don’t destroy your self, please wake up! Even if thin people are eating crap and they are not healthy (as you state as your good excuse to mistreat your fat body) No one can denied that fat people look ugly, sick and destructive (of their own body)”
- “What?” at email@example.com
“Being fat is disgusting…it ruins lives….you’d be lying to yourself of you say that you’re happy with the way you look”
“Fat people are fucking disgusting.”
- “Fred Zanford”