There was a sad incident (in my opinion) in Quebec this week when some blogging citizen posted a petition on his site calling on the province’s health minister to lose weight. Yes, my dear international readers, you heard that correctly. The blogger justified it by saying a health minister should set an example. The health minister responded by calling it “bullying.” The incident got a lot of media attention in Quebec and nationally in Canada.
Personally, I was appalled by the petition, which garnered almost 10,000 signatures before the blogger turned it off. I can’t see how it is anybody’s business how much the health minister — or anyone else — weighs, and I think the petition was discriminatory, though the minister seemed to suggest that people can say things like that about politicians and anyone else in the public eye. The only important thing for me is how well the minister does his job.
But the whole incident got me to thinking about body acceptance, and how we as nudists/naturists (many of the readers of my two blogs are nudists/naturists) don’t really notice size and shape of people all that much. And even if we do notice it, we keep our thoughts to ourselves. Nudism/naturism is about liberation from the textile world and the various hangups associated with body image. We accept everybody. True, I might have hangups about my own personal image, but I also recognize that we can each be our own worst critic — and that most people don’t give a damn how we look.
In truth, if I am thinking in terms of sexual activity, some big men turn me on big time. So do some big women. (I am bi.) As for the minister in question . . . smiles . . . (OK, OK, I’ll behave. I’m in a monogamous relationship!)
And in terms of partnership relationships, sizes and shapes are irrelevant.
But there is no doubt that there is a lot of prejudice against big people out there, and I find that very, very sad.
Because, to quote that old song, “everybody’s beautiful in their own way . . .”