CW: weight, diets, eating disorders
I haven’t been able to listen to most of this podcast yet because the opening made me angry enough that I could not focus on anything else anymore. Could we please not have jokes about how much you “miss carbs”? Could we please get some content warnings when dieting and weight loss in these sports keeps coming up?
Diet culture is killing people, it is causing and has caused enormous harm to a lot of people, it directly leads to the near-universal fatphobia this culture has, and these sorts of jokes directly uphold and perpetuate it.
I’m sure Danielle is very careful in her dieting, I’m sure she doesn’t personally hold fatphobic beliefs or intentionally make moral judgements on what bodies are acceptable, she’s been good at caveating this stuff in the past. But it hurts to, in a space I think of as otherwise safe, hear this shit come up with no warning. It hurts to hear it talked about uncritically. And it especially hurts to hear fucking jokes casually thrown out there that, whatever anyone might intend, are very much about placing a value judgement on foods based on their role in dieting.
This might seem like I’m making a big deal out of something small, and to a degree that’s true – in the grand scheme, think is far from the worst thing I’ll see or hear most days. But that’s really the point: I hear this shit every day, and just like anything else it builds and builds so that every little thing carried the weight of everything before it. And this time hurts more because this has otherwise been such a welcoming and safe space, so when this blindspot comes up it feels like the floor drops out.
Anyway, I had to get that out, I’m sorry if it’s aggressive. I want to be clear here though, I still love this site and this team, I’m still going to listen to the rest of this podcast. I only feel capable of writing all this in the first place because of the work that’s been done already.