13 May 2016

Time For Another Edition of Academia Gone Wild

Skinny Confederate soldiers caused Americans to hate fat people
Regarding a recent presentation at the University of Minnesota:
Tovar’s talk, entitled “Dispelling Myths: Fat, Fatphobia, and Challenging Social Stereotypes,” was designed to help students understand that “fat phobia” is rampant in a “white, heteronormative society” that is looking to actively oppress people with larger body types. Society’s bias against fat people is, apparently, a form of bigotry and discrimination, evident in everything from sexual preferences to the size of seats on public transportation. She even, reportedly, compared society’s anti-fat culture to so-called “rape culture,” and chastised society for its obsession with what she termed “thin privilege.”
Since one of the popular Civil War blogs has featured comments on "rape culture" and the hip "privilege" thing, I fully expect that blog to somehow jam this into Civil War "perspective" (remember, it ain't about history). Let's see, maybe this will work:
Since most Confederate soldiers were thin, they were an intricate part of pushing America's bigoted "anti-fat culture" which oppresses and enslaves millions of obese Americans. This oppression is made even worse since much of Southern cuisine is so much more delicious than its Yankee competition and is often fried with lots of butter. We should therefore remove any and all monuments of skinny Confederate soldiers and replace them with one depicting someone more robust, like this:
We should also ban all fried foods as a symbol of oppression and hatred. That is all.


jessie sanford said...

Now that is a gem, you hit the nail on the head no doubt there will be some bloggers that will make the comparison as they have on many occasions made disparaging remarks about folks who are portly dressing as their ancestors.
Please keep the post coming it is refreshing to read someone who has common sense, unlike some blogs who's only reason for existence is to belittle a certain segment of our society.

Mark Snell said...

Stout re-enactors are not limited to the Confederate ranks. Authenticity, which is highly prized in the military re-enacting world, should not be limited just to uniforms and equipment.

Logan Adams said...

No joke, this is my great uncle. Couldn't believe my eyes when this picture popped up on a random Google search (and what an impressive picture of him it is!). He is definitely a robust man (probably around 6'4"-6'5") and he's lost some weight last time I saw him. He enjoys teaching through a living history program and his charisma is what got me into reenacting.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Logan!