39 thoughts on “Good Riddance

  1. those are some seriously hot shoes. it’s almost a shame to throw them at dubya.

    kate’s shoes > george w.

  2. (Okay, did that make any sense? I realize that I’m making a lot of assumptions here — namely, that the dippy inspirational poster my junior high health teacher put up in her classroom has any wider cultural purchase.)

  3. Hee, Holls! :) Now *high* school health class… well, I mean, that’s where I learned that poison ivy was a virus, so, you know, I got a solid knowledge base from which to make future decisions about my body.

  4. I’m imagining them sailing at Rick Warren’s head. I’m hoping that people in the audience are turning their backs on him, and it’s just not being shown in the live broadcast.

  5. Why would you throw those awesomesauce shoes at anyone? Former Pres. Bush is so not worthy. (And how nice is it to type *Former* Pres.?)

  6. I find it unfortunate that a concept that could have such broad appeal (FA) is put in jeopardy of crossing party lines when posts like this are made.

    Although, I guess based on that tagline under Shapely Prose, perhaps this isn’t as much a FA blog anymore? Is that a new addition, or am I just oblivious? (Totally possible!)

  7. Is that a new addition, or am I just oblivious? (Totally possible!)

    You guessed it!

    Seriously, were you reading in November? Because I think it’s been pretty clear what our bloggerly takes on Obama and Bush have been.

  8. I understand what your takes on politics are, all I’m saying is that I think when you’re promoting a certain apolitical cause (FA), you’re more likely to be successful when you keep political issues and other notoriously divisive issues out of it.

    But I just kind of scrolled back through the last several posts – I guess it’s less and less about FA these days. *shrug* Alright. Blogs change.

  9. Maureen, you’re right that the blog is not strictly FA (and never really has been), but you’re also missing a point that’s really important to me: FA is a political cause. It’s a social justice issue. And although Obama is no better than any other politician on fat issues, he cares a whole lot more about social justice as a general concept than Bush ever did.

    There are more conservative FA blogs out there, and more politically neutral ones. We’ve always been screamingly liberal and feminist, and we have no intention of changing. This is one blog, not the movement as a whole, so there’s no reason why we should have to worry about coddling people who feel alienated when we say we’re excited about the country going in a new direction after Bush trashed our economy and our reputation around the world, got over 4,000 Americans and countless Iraqis killed, condoned torture, spied on American citizens, and on and on and on.

    I’m not worried about being “more successful” if it means obfuscating political views I’m passionate about. Fact is, we’re extremely successful at what we set out to do — create a liberal, feminist, fat-positive blog with a vibrant readership.

  10. (Okay, did that make any sense? I realize that I’m making a lot of assumptions here — namely, that the dippy inspirational poster my junior high health teacher put up in her classroom has any wider cultural purchase.)

    I’ve heard the saying, but a poster? Did it have a picture of a footless man on it?

  11. Thanks to Bush’s presidency, I only own one pair of shoes (a $5 pair from Wal*Mart at that!) which means I can’t afford to throw them at anyone. There’s your legacy right there.

  12. And although Obama is no better than any other politician on fat issues, he cares a whole lot more about social justice as a general concept than Bush ever did.

    I totally agree. Also, considering how “fat” is currently used as a metaphor for downward mobility, poverty, and lack of education, it *definitely* matters for FA how a president thinks about those things.

    (Of course, that doesn’t mean that those things are important only because the injustice eventually works its way around to fat people — as though the test of whether an issue is important or not is whether it helps FA. I just mean that the symbols our culture attaches to fatness work in politically-loaded ways and have political implications, even if nobody utters the word “fat.”)

  13. Thank you, kateharding. I will be unsubscribing in that case. I fully respect your right to write a blog on whatever you’d like, but if it’s going to continue to be so political and in a one-sided fashion, I don’t consider that a “vibrant readership.” Vibrant to me presents or at least welcomes a wide range of political views that hold FA as a common factor.

    I will try and look for some of those more neutral FA blogs.

  14. Have fun, Maureen! Hope missing the point works out for you better elsewhere.

    Wow, really nice. And apparently you don’t understand what I was saying either. Good riddance indeed.

  15. You know, I realize that this is the dawn of a New Era, and we’re supposed to be reaching out and all, but seriously, what have conservatives done for the world lately? Taking rights away doesn’t count.

  16. Oh no, I’m pretty sure I understand a flounce when I see it.

    It’s not a real flounce unless she keeps reading and replying to every snarky comment, though. C’mon, Maureen, tell us more about how you’re being excluded!!

  17. I can’t help but picture her in a fluffy pink dress and curly blond pigtails standing in a doorway insisting that she’s leaving RIGHT NOW unless we stop having valid opinions about people who trashed our country.

    It’s one thing to not be excited about Obama, but anyone who wishes for 4 more years of Bush gets no respect from me. (Seriously, go ahead and feel wounded, I think you’re an idiot.)

  18. You know what the best part is? Of all of this? He’s not the president anymore and he never will be again. He’s retired. He’s RETIRED! He won’t represent the highest executive office of this country anymore! He has no control over the bombs, our military, our budget, our health care (or lack thereof), our bodies (repeal the Global Gag Rule, Obama!), or our national integrity ANY FREAKING MORE!

    The real new millennium is finally here!

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