by Christina Farr
Originally published: July 5, 2016
Overweight people experience many forms of discrimination at work, and much of it is perfectly legal. These people are trying to change it.
Journalist and author Lindy West is done hating her body. As an important step to self-acceptance, she "came out as fat" to friends and coworkers. This is her body. Get used to it.
These days, the term "fat" no longer bothers her. Allowing it to be a "big, scary word" gives it power, she explains, while "the more PC "overweight" implies there is a "correct" weight to be.
West chronicles her experiences with the various forms of fat shaming and discrimination she's faced throughout her life in her new memoir Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman. In one of the book's biggest moments, she confronts her boss, writer Dan Savage, about the series of derogatory remarks he had made in his columns about fat people. Their disagreement came to a head when West wrote a blog post on the publication's website directly calling out her boss, saying, in part: "I get that you think you're actually helping people and society by contributing to the fucking alp of shame that crushes every fat person every day of their lives, but you're not helping."