Unless you were living under a rock or had something better to do than read fat blogs yesterday, you already know about the absurd piece of stunt legislation being proposed in Mississippi, which would require (not allow; require) restaurants to deny service to fat people. (Here’s JoGeek, The Rotund, Big Fat Blog, Lindsay, Rachel, Thoughtracer… did I miss anyone?) Of course this is a farcical suggestion, especially as they propose sending restaurants written material on determining whether someone is too fat to eat in public. Presumably this means “advanced eyeballing notes,” since diagnosing “obesity” requires at very least a scale and a ruler, neither of which qualifies as written material. And we all know how effective eyeballing is at determining where someone falls on the BMI scale.
As I said on Rachel’s post about the bill, I bet Alexandra Erin is kicking herself that she didn’t come up with this first. It is truly surreal, and its sponsors (not so thin themselves) appear to be absolutely serious. Of course, being a total miscarriage of both human rights and practicality, the bill will never pass (regrettably probably more for the second reason than the first). But it’s being proposed to make a point, and so to make a point we should respond. JoGeek at Unapologetically Fat has helpfully collected the contact information of the bill’s sponsors, so you can explain to them why this move is not only nonsensical but bigoted and cruel. Feel free to post your letters below, especially if you don’t mind people using them as templates. (I know it can be really daunting to try to compose a Letter To Your Congressman, and I often wait until I’ve seen some more reasonable people write them first, otherwise I spend all my time just taking out the bad words). And there’s great discussion going on in the threads linked above, if you need to marshal your thoughts.