I Wear Fat on the Outside ‘Cause Fat Is How I Feel on the Inside

… also known as today’s Douchehound of the Day! I’m not even touching this one, just throwing it out here for y’all to bat around. Mr. George P. Burdell writes:

Why do fat people always assume that people are making fun of their weight? I personally dislike most fat people for their lack of will power or mental strength. If fat people would just have a strong mental will power, then they would either be able to deal with the jokes, or become skinny by actually sticking to their dieting and exercise plan without giving up.

Why do fat people blame anyone other than themselves for not being in shape? I personally had to work out 10 times a week in order to achieve a skinny frame, and now that I no longer work out that much and I’m overweight, I find that I can blame no one but myself.

So if you don’t want to be fat and made fun of, do something about it, no one is going to do it for you. Also if you like being fat, then stop fucking complaining, people who dress like Emos or Goths don’t complain about the weird looks and comments they get about them so fat people should not complain either.

LOL your fat, Shapelings! Have at it.

87 thoughts on “I Wear Fat on the Outside ‘Cause Fat Is How I Feel on the Inside

  1. It’s a typical fat hate rant complete with all the usual crap that’s been spewed over the years, but it astounds me that still, there are so many who think a bigger body means a smaller brain.

    No George P. Burdell, you lack mental power not only for writing this garbage, but for assuming fat is only caused by overeating and no exercise. Not to mention wasting your time on trying to get skinny, instead of oh, I don’t know, spending time with friends, family, reading a book, hugging a pet, and not being an asshole?

  2. Oh no, the handle they used means that they probably went to Georgia Tech. Apparently they didn’t manage to learn critical thinking there.

  3. “I personally had to work out 10 times a week in order to achieve a skinny frame, and now that I no longer work out that much and I’m overweight, I find that I can blame no one but myself”

    And it would never occur to him that if to stay skinny, you had to work out 10 times a week, that perhaps your body is not meant to be that thin. Nope. Not illogical at all.

  4. Hey, I know that guy. He’s exactly the guy who came up to you in 7th grade, grabbed your arm and banged you in the head with it, saying “Why won’t you stop hitting yourself?” Yeah, I know that guy real well.

    I also get the feeling that the thing that upsets him most about being overweight again is that it robs him of his ability to make fun of other fat people in public.

  5. Oh no, the handle they used means that they probably went to Georgia Tech.

    Sushi, I was thinking the same thing! (I went to Agnes Scott for a while, home school of Burdell’s wife *wink*).

  6. Why do fat people always assume that people are making fun of their weight?

    I don’t, actually….

    So if you don’t want to be fat and made fun of, do something about it

    …but it seems that you do.

  7. Why do fat-hating people always assume that people are making fun of their feelings? I personally dislike most fat-hating people for their lack of will power or mental strength. If fat-hating people would just have a strong mental will power, then they would either be able to deal with fat people, or figure out how not to see us, maybe by pulling their hat down over their eyes and using a seeing-eye dog.

    Why do fat-hating people blame anyone other than themselves for their mental disability? I personally had to meditate 10 minutes a day in order to achieve some sort of control over my judgementalism, and now that I no longer meditate that much and I’m judgemental, I find that I can blame no one but myself.

    So if you don’t want to be fat-hating and made fun of, do something about it, no one is going to do it for you. Also if you like being fat-hating, then stop fucking complaining, Emos or Goths don’t complain about people who don’t look like them so fat-hating people should not complain either.

  8. Why do ignorant people always assume that people are making fun of their asshattery? I personally dislike most douchehounds for their lack of critical thinking or intellectual curiosity. If wankstains would just have strong critical thinking skills, then they would either be able to deal with the jokes, or become thoughtful by actually sticking to their reading and listening plan without giving up.

    Why do fuckwads blame anyone other than themselves for not being interesting? I personally had to read entries in the feminist and anti-racist blogosphere 10 times a week in order to begin to have a clue, and now that I no longer read that much and I’m spewing uninformed bile again, I find that I can blame no one but myself.

    So if you don’t want to be narrow-minded and made fun of, do something about it, no one is going to do it for you. Also if you like being an incurious hatemonger, then stop fucking complaining. High-school freshmen dashing off an expository writing assignment for third-period English in second-period Geometry don’t complain about the disparaging comments they get so other writers of drivel should not complain either.

    Fixed!

  9. WELL FiNE, STEF, I JUST HATE YOU! *slam* *open door again* HATE YOU!

    Nah, I’m just kidding. :p Hee! I love to be in such great company. Guess we had the same brilliant idea at the same time. From the Great Idea satellite. It’s so nice when that one passes overhead.

  10. Proof there really is one born every minute.

    ‘Oh noes!’ thinks Georgie. ‘Someone disagrees with me on the Intertubes! I must whip out my ten sticky little fingers and school them, because if I don’t … erm … it will doom all life on Earth as we know it! Um … outer space will get hard like my dick! Er, brick! Yeah, that’s it! I can’t let THAT happen.’

  11. Can’t self hating chubbs get their own opinions? Always parroting what the bullies say as if it was their original self-analysis.

    If hating yourself makes you so angry and full of hate, why the hell don’t you do something about that?

  12. I just googled an image of Albert Einstein at the beach. Bill Gates, too.

    He had a gut and flabby thighs. Bill Gates has a gut.

    So does that mean if Albert Einstein had exercised 10 times a week, we’d all be living in a parallel universe because his mental strength would have been, you know, magnified?

    If Bill G got buff, would computers be rubbing our backs and wiping our asses?

  13. Why do fat people always assume that people are making fun of their weight? I personally dislike most fat people for their lack of will power or mental strength.

    Which of course I intuit from my deep and profound empathy with humanity and my ability to instantly plumb the depths of each individual soul and NOT from their weight at ALL.

  14. Also:

    I’m overweight

    Lol your own fat, asshole. Just because you’re a self-hating fatty doesn’t mean the rest of us have to lie down in the muck next to you.

    Isn’t it a shocker when the ones who go “how come you’re always complaining so much about how fat you are, here on this blog where the remotest flicker of reading comprehension would tell me that you are not complaining about being fat at all” are the ones who hate their own fat? NOTE TO GEORGE: YOU ARE THINKING OF YOU, NOT US. I know this is confusing to people like you, but you’ll figure it out.

  15. The other day I actually stirred up a fat-hater to see if I could withstand their verbal abuse and found myself completely unmoved by anything they threw at me (including classics such as “is it difficult for you to do push-ups” and “how do fat people wipe their ass after taking a shit?”). I simply found myself laughing at the sheer stupidity and blind, moronic hatred of the guy. He also completely missed the part where I intentionally said that I was fat to lure him out and skipped straight to insulting me.

    In the past, I would’ve been hurt on some level, frustrated, and it would have made me feel more insecure.

    Now I can point and laugh: haha, you are a name on the internet, and I’m perfectly fine and confident being fat! Haha!

  16. I personally had to work out 10 times a week in order to achieve a skinny frame

    And if people have to work full time in order to support themselves or their family, or they have academic obligations that are time consuming, or don’t want to be complete asses to their family and friends and so actually decide to spend some time with real people, that just shows how much discipline they lack and their poor decision making skillz. Everyone knows that you should give up everything you care about or is important to you in order to become skinny. PRIORITEEZ, BETCHES.

  17. To address the most random leaf in this curbside pile of stupidity, I don’t believe Goth or emo people want everyone to go around commenting on their style all the time, either. Can’t we just look the way our body shape and style demand without it sending a message to other people that they feel compelled to respond to? For example, I realize you’re asking for it a bit by wearing tees with words, but it still annoys me when people feel compelled to read them out loud.

  18. I realize you’re asking for it a bit by wearing tees with words, but it still annoys me when people feel compelled to read them out loud.

    OMG DUDES THIS.

    That’s one of my giant pet peeves. I know what my shirt says, I can read and I probably read it before I bought it so knock it off kthnx.

  19. Does he not know any emos? They do nothing but complain. The goths I know laugh at people for staring at them, but the whole point of being emo is to whine about everything.

  20. Oh look, an asshole.
    *wanders off to do something interesting*

    P.S. No matter what you do to change yourself, there will ALWAYS be somebody who will make fun of you for something. I once got made fun of for the fact that people generally don’t make fun of me.

    That’s when I gave up trying to be socially acceptable and started figuring out who I am and finding out what life is like when I don’t care what other people think.

  21. Rock on Other Kate, I was going to say this man has obviously never hung out with even one Goth or Emo kid. Half of the conversations are about how people are always STARING and JUDGING meeeee! (the half that’s not about how SO-and-So isn’t Goth as they think)

  22. Emo = whiny complaints about the unfairness of the world.
    Goth = deliberate choice to provoke emotional responses via a look that many people find unreasonably threatening.

    I doubt that either group really wants to be verbally or physically abused, all the same. And when they are abused (as they often are), they have every right to complain about it. In fact, it’s part of the definition of Emo.

    Guess what? They do complain. They seek justice. They should do so, even when utter douchebags like this one play blame the victim. Someone making the choice to wear something people don’t like to look at isn’t justification for choosing to harm that person, no matter whether the chosen weapon is fists, a gun, or vicious verbal diarrhea.

    Then again, he admits he’s not thin and tells us to blame ourselves, too.

    There are some forms of self-abuse that are entertaining. Reading someone verbally castigating himself is not one of them. It’s merely depressing to think how much negative he’s pointing at himself when he could use that same energy in a positive way to make life better for himself or others around him.

    George, if you want to abuse yourself, get thee to Good Vibrations and get the means to do it the fun way. Feel free to write about how good it feels to lol your fat with toys. I’d totally read that.

    This? Was an unpleasant snooze that said nothing new. If you have nothing to teach us with your words, kindly do us the courtesy to shut the fuck up until you do.

  23. I’m sorry, George. It’s not that I don’t hate myself for being fat, it’s just that I have not gotten around to it acting on it yet. I’m just so busy hating myself for being a woman, and intelligent, and not blonde, and laughing too loud in public, and the 1.2 billion other ways I deviate from your Ideal of what I should be. But it is on the list and will be taken up as a theme in its proper time. Until then, hold your breathe.

    Sincerely,
    Bella

  24. This is like, the icing on the cake (ha!) for me today. I’m going to bed early.

    Yesterday my 6 year old told me that he thought I was growing another baby because ‘when women are fat, it means they are pregnant.’ Plus all the fat wank all over livejournal the past 2 days….but I guess this is one of those bad days on the long road to fat acceptance.

  25. Stef and A Sarah those 2 posts back to back like that just completely made my day.

    No wait, actually the gorgeous guy flirting with me in the hallway of my building is what made my day, but yea, those posts were the cherry on my sundae.

    And George, I actually don’t care if people make fun of me for being fat. I actually have better things to think about than what people think of me. You and others like you can go ahead and vomit your hate, you own that, not me. Just please don’t get it on my pretty shoes.

  26. I’ve never heard the goth=fat argument before. This person obviously doesn’t actually read anything posted here.

  27. I like his logical consistency that being thin is really a matter of perseverance and unfailing willpower, just like changing your hair and clothes to make people approve of you.

  28. So wait, a “lack of will power” means someone is totally game for some verbal abuse? Because they didn’t bother preventing it, they deserve to be harassed and demeaned? I would hate to see this guy’s opinion on rape victims. Heck, by this same token, racism is fine because people of color could be putting all their will power into skin bleach and hair dye and straighteners and color contacts in order to prevent it. Because if you don’t have the persistence to completely change your appearance and identity to fit everyone’s ideals (no matter how conflicting they may be), then you deserve to be hated and abused. Right.

    And by the way, George, you ever notice that not everyone has to exercise ten times a week to stay thin? Maybe that says something, like maybe that some people weren’t meant to be thin under normal circumstances, and that physical diversity is in fact okay.

  29. I personally dislike most fat people for their lack of will power or mental strength.

    This is exactly the kind of attitude that I had to completely turn around in order to become an egalitarian, a feminist, anti-racism, anti-ageism, anti-sizism, anti-bigotry of any kind. Resenting others for being weak, even when (or especially when) it has no effect on others… it’s at the heart of every bigotry.

    As I began reading stories from, conversing with, and finally becoming an egalitarian, I didn’t even realize that this foundation of moral thought was what was behind every new plateau I approach. Until I started noticing very explicit thoughts like that I quoted above. Realizing it totally blows your mind, you know?

  30. I’ve heard many goth, punk, emo, lolita people complain about getting weird looks for dressing that way. Personally I can’t recall getting any more weird looks when I dressed punk than when not… actually I tend to get more weird looks now in jeans and a sweatshirt than I did when I used to dress punk.

    In many ways this reminds me of high school. Like exercising ten times a week (which has 7 days.) I went to a high school which had a 6 day schedule- in school 5 days a week, but working off a 6 day schedule. Confused all the junior high kids considering applying.
    Except that made sense once you understood it.
    I still don’t understand the need to say 10 times a week instead of every day… or a specific hr amount a week if it wasn’t everyday. What relevance is it that you split whatever amount of time that was up throughout your days into smaller increments?

  31. Hey, I walk to work, home for lunch, back to work, and then home after work. Does that mean I work out 20 times a week?

    And that doesn’t even count going to the gym on Saturdays or any of the other fun stuff I do that involves exercise….

    Wait a minute! Why am I not skinny? I demand to know, Mr. George P. Burdell!

  32. Clearly, he has used all his mental will power on that short period when he worked out ten times a week. Now there is nothing left for more than the most fleeting of thoughts.

  33. George is a troll. Trolls belong under bridges, not on forums.

    Let us pick the vile creature up by its tattered ears and swiftly drop kick it back UNDER the bridge, where it belongs, before it hurts itself by trying to think.

  34. [Why do fat people always assume that people are making fun of their weight?]
    Because most people DO, you asshole. Only most of them don’t have the balls to do it to your FACE. They do it behind your back. All I have to say after reading that is what a fuckhead.

  35. Twistie, it’s not all “deliberate choice to provoke emotional responses via a look that many people find unreasonably threatening.” I dyed my hair pastel blue because I thought it would look pretty. People disageed. Loudly. From across the street. All the time. But at least I didn’t get kicked to death for it. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Lancaster) Unlike people of colour, fat people, transgendered people and so on, it was a matter of choice and I changed my hair colour, although it still saddens me that I felt it boiled down to changing my appearance in order to feel safe in broad daylight.

    Anyway, George is an arse. Not liking the way someone else looks is never an excuse for making fun of them.

  36. people who dress like Emos or Goths

    I totally read this as ‘..people who dress like Eskimos or Goths…’ Thanks for the lol, George!

  37. I have to pull out an excerpt from one of my favorite Miss Conduct quotes as an answer to this. “If you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet.”

  38. What an asshole.

    One thing the internet has taught me is that fat people are hated more than I ever imagined. I’ve been fat most of my life and have been in the “morbidly obese” category for quite a few years now, but I never get rude comments from anyone. Purely by accident, I even managed to find a size friendly health clinic. I’ve never had a doctor there blame any health problem on my weight or suggest I lose weight. So until I started reading the hateful comments and posts spewed all over the internet, I didn’t really realize how much I was hated simply because of the size of my body. It’s so fucking stupid! Makes me want to be even bigger. Fuck them.

  39. As a fat (former) goth I never knew if people were making fun of me because I was fat or because I was goth.

    I must say that it ate at my already tortured soul. I was daily consumed with sadness that some people would seek to understand me only by my appearance. As they mocked me I felt my remaining joy die as swiftly recently mowed grass during fall’s first frost. My heart became a stone lodged within my chest that their mocking could not touch, for truly I was dead inside.

    Oh wait. That’s not what happend at all. I thought they were boring close minded mainstream sheeple. Funny how even as an adult, my opinions on that matter remain the same.

  40. Slightly off-topic, but why is it OK to call someone a “douchehound” or a “douchebag” or any of the myriad permutations of douche? I get that this is a popular slur these days, but it makes me uncomfortable, especially in this, a feminist forum. I mean, the idea that my body is so disgusting that I need to clean it from the inside once a month is offensive. Also offensive is the implication that the tools used to clean me from the inside are, by contact with me, made so vile as to qualify as a epithet themselves. Or am I missing some subtlety, like “Douching is really stupid, so calling someone a douche is actually calling them stupid?” If I am missing something, please tell me so I can let my husband start calling W. a douche again.

    I know it is more PC crap to worry about, and probably not a big deal, but I find the increasing use of “douche” as an epithet disturbing and irritating. Douching is less common now than it was once, and I can only hope that it will soon disappear altogether and be remembered only as a barbaric practice of those crazy old timers.

  41. Or am I missing some subtlety, like “Douching is really stupid, so calling someone a douche is actually calling them stupid?”

    I’m in this camp. Melissa McEwan has a longer explanation that should make your husband feel better:

    Why do you use douchebag? Isn’t that sexist?

    Actually, douching was a terribly anti-woman practice designed to make women feel ashamed about their natural body odor. Repeated douching can wash away the lining of the uterus, making it not just pointless but dangerous. So, when one needs a word to describe, say, our pointless and dangerous president, one would be hard-pressed to find a better word than douchebag.

  42. Hey, I walk to work, home for lunch, back to work, and then home after work. Does that mean I work out 20 times a week?

    Yes, it does. Unless you enjoy it, in which case you are lazy and self-indulgent and need to work 10 times as hard.

    Sprains eye muscles with too much rolling.

  43. What about Emo and Goth people who also happen to be fat? Do they get a free pass to complain about the sanctimonious pricks who sling hateful word vomit at them based on their appearance, or do you have to have more than two deviations from George’s Acceptable Standard of Attractiveness?

    George – here’s a radical new idea for you: being tolerant and kind to people. Try it for a week. I promise it won’t kill you.

  44. I am a goth (admittedly a rather casual one, as I am also a geek). I am fat. When people mock me for either, I just roll my eyes and go about my business.

    STFU, Burdell-troll.

  45. George’s comment is a classic example of hatred and anger turned inward. He can’t accept fat people because he can’t accept himself.

    Hey! Do you think more “will power” would help him?

  46. I think he is right for one thing actually: there is no point complaining. Whether it is about your weight or the one of the people around you.

  47. WOW!!! I find your brand of rhetoric to be what it is rhetoric!!! What is it George? Are you angry because you’re fat? Or is it because your fat ass can’t get laid? No one is this world are without faults. The people with the beautiful bodies pay a fortune for it. Fat doesn’t mean “unhealthy” no more than skinny means “healthy”. If everyone was meant to be one way God/Creator or whatever you believe in would’ve made it that way. I know this is a blogging site but you really need to keep your insecurities and bitterness to yourself.

  48. One thing the internet has taught me is that fat people are hated more than I ever imagined. I’ve been fat most of my life and have been in the “morbidly obese” category for quite a few years now, but I never get rude comments from anyone.

    Same here lynnie. I’m in the ‘morbidly obese’ (or as I like to call it ‘demonically obese’) category, and it’s been a long time since I’ve experienced public hostility towards my fat like others here and around the Fatosphere. I wishfully think that the majority of people that I come into contact with, whether I know them or not, just don’t care and have more important matters to think about than seeing a fat woman in public.

  49. “If fat people would just have a strong mental will power, then they would either be able to deal with the jokes, or become skinny by actually sticking to their dieting and exercise plan without giving up.”

    Who the hell told this guy we can’t deal with the jokes? How presumptious of him to think that we can’t LOL our fat? In my mind, it isn’t about DEALING with the jokes, it’s about the audacity that someone has a RIGHT to think that A) they are informing me that I’m fat in case I didn’t know B) They are making fun of me “for my own good” C) They think that it is somehow their duty to inform me of my current weight status and how that effects them and D) That all I needed was to be teased by someone I DONT F***ing know in order to sustain this magical willpower I’m supposedly lacking.
    I myself have a great self confidence that doesn’t have anything to do with the number on a scale. I am never nervous about trying new things, going new places, speaking in public, etc. Im always the one dragging my “average size” (eye roll) husband to parties and events and HE is the one worried about what other people will think if he doesn’t look just right.
    So..to Mr. Ass-wipe Burdell…you need to know that I am not devastated by your “jokes” against fat people. Nor am I lacking any sort of mythical “will power”. What does amaze me is the breadth of your ignorance, the shallowness of your soul, the stupidity of your musings….shouldn’t those things bother YOU??

  50. Fillyjonk said: Second rule….. Third rule….. Pardon me for being especially dense today, but was I being cautioned?

  51. Hey, I walk to work, home for lunch, back to work, and then home after work. Does that mean I work out 20 times a week?

    “Yes, it does. Unless you enjoy it, in which case you are lazy and self-indulgent and need to work 10 times as hard.”

    I have to admit, I enjoy the walks home more than I enjoy the walks to work. And I definitely enjoy working out at the gym, and walking in the park or at the waterfront with my husband, so that definitely doesn’t count as exercise. Sooo… I guess the solution is to always be walking somewhere I don’t really want to go. That must be it! Oh boy, I will be skinny in no time now! (/sarcasm)

  52. I’m really, really fat (can I be “angelically obese”?) and I get no crap about it at all, not even from doctors. Haven’t in years — and when my health was better, I swam at the Y every day in my red two-piece swimsuit. Nobody ever even looked at me funny.

    I’m with Bree: It seems that most people honestly don’t care. If you insist they take a position, then, sure, they might say they think fat people are lazy or unattractive or whatever. But in the day-to-day course of things, people rarely seem to volunteer anything hostile or rude.

    (This is not to dismiss anyone’s real bad experiences, of course.)

  53. Why do fat people always assume that people are making fun of their weight? I personally dislike most fat people for their lack of will power or mental strength.

    So, okay, you’re not making fun of my WEIGHT, you’re making fun of my MENTAL WEAKNESS. And you can tell I’m mentally weak by… what was it again?… oh right. My weight.

    Why do fat people blame anyone other than themselves for not being in shape?

    Dude, I blame YOU. Every time someone like you makes a stupid comment like this, I have to eat a deep-fried baby just to piss you off.

  54. Oh no, the handle they used means that they probably went to Georgia Tech. Apparently they didn’t manage to learn critical thinking there.

    Considering how their football fans act toward visiting marching bands, I’m not surprised.

    And, actually, when I had pink hair I got annoyed with people’s strange looks. Because I feel that we should live in a world where someone can choose to do something outside the norm without being judged for it.

    I’ve worked out 10 times a week before, too. And guess what…I wore a size 14.

  55. Why, why why, do people care about other people’s fat?

    Other people’s fat is none of my concern and frankly, I have so
    much more to think about.

    Other People’s Fat. Thank God I don’t have to obsess about it.

  56. Dude, I blame YOU. Every time someone like you makes a stupid comment like this, I have to eat a deep-fried baby just to piss you off.

    *snort* That is gold, right there, Linz!

  57. FJ was just pointing out that the blog’s policy is not necessarily to ignore trolls.

    And also that even good-natured and delightful people could benefit from boning up on the comments policy. Not that you have to play along with a douchehounding, but there’s no point in calling it pointless or counterproductive when official policy says “we’re going to do it and you can, too.”

    Of course, I could have been misreading Bev entirely (“trolls don’t belong on forums” could have meant “shut up, George,” not “stop paying attention to George”), but it’s still worth putting out there. The more links to the comments policy, the better.

  58. Umm. Maybe I’m waayyy off base here, but could this person be ED and projecting self-loathing? I mean, without ED, he’s projecting self-loathing, but, something about the “personally had to work out 10 times a week in order to achieve a skinny frame, and now that I no longer work out that much and I’m overweight, I find that I can blame no one but myself.” stood out to me.
    Just in case George is not an asshat: George, there’s help and hope out there.

  59. See, I DO think fat people lack willpower. I know that’s why I’m fat – I have difficulty saying no to food. And the carbier, starchier, cheesier the better.

    I used to have willpower, and was much thinner. I was ED-NOS (that’s Eating Disorder – Not otherwise specified, for the uninitiated). I only ate Friday evening through Sunday evening. Or I would only eat rice cakes and coffee. Or I would throw up. Or all sorts of other cool food denial rituals. Yeah, my willpower was awesome!

    (You’re all getting the heavy sarcasm, right?)

  60. people who dress like Emos or Goths don’t complain about the weird looks and comments they get about them

    Oh hi, yes we do, and sometimes it’s a lots worse than looks or comments.

    Anyone who feels entitled to judge anyone based on their appearance needs to fuck the fuck off, and disappointingly some of the comments here aren’t models of acceptance or tolerance either. It’s pretty unreasonable to demand the right not to be judged by your appearance while denying it to somone else.

    /ex-goth kid

  61. Yeah, I wasn’t gonna say anything, but Caitlin and Liza have it right. I’ve had reactions ranging from a raised eyebrow to compliments to insults to sexual harassment to physical violence.

    –goth chick who refuses to give up her black velvet and lace, despite being a “grown-up” now

  62. I get so, so, so tired of the whole “lack of discipline and will power is what makes you fat” argument…
    I hear it all the time from my mom ( still), family and sometimes even employers who think that my weight is evidence of my lack of ability to “control” myself and of discipline.
    I was a ballet dancer. A certified and employed aerobics instructor. A published clinical scientist. A fashion designer. I have started two businesses.I speak 3 languages fluently. I taught myself algebra and calculus and learned to drive in California. With severe dyscalculia.
    Have lived in 4 different countries.
    I have been in remission from ED’s for 15 years.
    How’s that for disciplined?
    Scroo people like that George dude…
    He is not good enough to address the dermatophytes that are luchky enough to live in my toe nail.

  63. tuxer, my experience is similar to yours. I chalk it up to my inherited (from my mother) powers of intimidation. No one I knew of even had the guts to make fun of my mom (who was fat all of her adult life) even behind her back. I was certainly intimidated by her!

    It seems that I, too, have this awesome and unconscious super power, but it still always come as a shock when I find out others are intimidated by me, but there it is.

  64. This is definitely someone trolling mainly for the hell of it–I saw only a few references to what George P. Burdell really is up the thread, but as someone with several friends at Georgia Tech, here’s what’s up:

    George P. Burdell is an imaginary student at Georgia Tech, something like a fake mascot or school legend, who–through the power of computer-hacking/otherwise-messing-with-things nerds with too much time–is enrolled in one section of every class, every semester at Georgia Tech. I’m not sure how long it’s been going on, but it’s been a tradition for years, and years. I believe George P. Burdell has been on the graduation rolls at least once–but for some *magical* reason, he keeps coming back every semester. (More Tech nerds thinking that it’s super-cool to do that sort of stuff.)

    The concept of George P. Burdell is like a massive inside joke or prank spanning years (and even generations) of tradition at Georgia Tech. I believe there are announcements signed with his name and new receptionists/announcers or such folk who are unaware of his imaginariness (?) can be hoodwinked into paging George P. Burdell in buildings and at the major sporting events.

    ….Anyway.

    More than likely a current or former Georgia Tech student, meaning young, middle-class, white male with advanced technical knowledge and very little social consciousness. ((I know LOTS of Tech students who are not like this, but it’s a basic general picture.)) I love nerds and I’m a nerd myself, but this is the type of nerd I can’t stand to be around because he usually thinks his reasoning is just impeccable even if he’s never taken a class that requires critical thinking about social issues. (This is why, instead of Tech, I’m at a liberal arts school. 10 points if you know anything about OUR fake mascot, Dooley, which also tells you where I go :p).

    Shorter me: lol your Georgia Tech troll, but I fear he’s likely a hopeless case.

  65. Dear Mr. Troll,

    This idea…

    “Why do fat people blame anyone other than themselves for not being in shape? “…

    …and this idea…

    “So if you don’t want to be fat and made fun of,…”

    …are two different things.

    I don’t blame you or anybody else for my weight. My weight is my responsibility.

    Comments that come out of your mouth, however, are YOUR responsibility.

    The two are not connected.

    My being overweight does not automatically check the magic box that entitles you to make fun of me, or be rude to me, or look down at me. Those are all choices YOU make. Does that mean you lack the willpower or mental strength to be a decent human being?

    While you lecture about “mental strength,” try taking “Logic 101.”

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