Image description: A teal square with a round photo of a fat woman's lower legs and bare feet, standing on a brick sidewalk. Text reads, "Can't we all just celebrate progress?" Lindley's logo is at the right. End image description.

“Can’t we all just celebrate progress?”

One of the most common pieces of pushback I see against fat acceptance and the need to represent fat and very fat people is, “Why are you so negative? Can’t we all just celebrate all the progress that’s been made? You’re so divisive!” It’s often accompanied by more-enlightened-than-thou comments about wanting to focus on “the good,” as if those of us confronting oppression are somehow more negative than those who want to cover up and ignore it.

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