In California fat men are being offered complimentary sterilization with no side order of irony. When I first saw this I thought that it was a subtle and vicious parody both of fat people and the body image obsession of our surfacy culture, but as far as I can tell it is not. This is wrong on so many levels I can't even name them all. For one thing by WHAT definition is obesity the worst possible genetic trait you can pass on to your children? What about alcoholism, a disease that has a genetic component AND a tendency to cost the lives of innocents as well as its bearer? What about those with heavy family histories of cancer or heart attacks unrelated to obesity? Blood disorders? Tay-Sachs? Why should eugenics start with the big-bellied, especially since it's a disease that can be conquered with hard work and smart choices. Then there's the fact that the obesity epidemic is one that we KNOW has societal causes. We work too much, don't exercise enough, and are all victims of a fast-food industry that relentlessly pushes deadly garbage at people from the cradle to the (oversized) grave. It uses every manipulative technique it knows INCLUDING misleading statements about the health value of its foods (Have a Salad. Laden with fat and calories to the point that it's worse than a big mac. We left out that part.) With drugs and cigarettes and the rest of it we all hear "just say no" but in the case of food there's billions of dollars being spent so that Ronald McMurder can scream "JUST SAY YES JUST SAY YES. SAY IT! SAY ITTT!!" Like some sort of perverted Sam Kinison clone from every billboard, television screen, and web page available. I'm not saying that the government should regulate that (though it does with other deadly products) or that people don't need to take personal responsibility, I'm just saying that ending the genetic lines of the fatties is sort of missing the forest for the trees. Sure it's a voluntary program, for now, and yes obesity is a huge problem (ha) but it's scary as hell. I better use that treadmill or they'll be coming for me before the clock strikes 2010.
P.S. Is there any connection between an Austrian Eugenicist Body Builder seizing power through the manipulations and mass spending of the morlock Republicans and the institution of such a policy? I don't know, not sure when it was put into place, but it makes one think.
Then there's an article about how fat people can't teach in Hawaii. This is based on the bizarre fallacy that you can't express an ideal if you don't live it. It's the same perverted notion that makes so many cultists (some call them Christians) pretend to be morally perfect, because if they admit that they make mistakes then they could be questioned and the masses might think. That'd be bad for Jesus and HORRIBLE for the Republicans, who have built an empire on making sure that most people are soothed by gentle lies and under the crazy belief that those who have wealth generally deserve it. How do we prevent thinking? We offer paragons of perfection to tell you what to believe. Personally I think that fat teachers could be an asset in the classroom. In addition to the fact that some of them are just plain good at their jobs they also have knowledge of how difficult it is for those inclined towards fatness to stay thin and know many of the pitfalls on the way. If all you have are naturally thin people who love wheat grass then they won't be able to empathize with or help the fatties. Of course if we combine Eugenics and hiding the fatties from view we can have beautiful thin schools, but unfortunately no state has done that yet.
I'm not against efforts to fight obesity in our society, far from it, but I think that it's a problem that has to be addressed through education and changing our culture, not ball-snipping or hiding fat people from the view of impressionable young people. I also think that being fat is far from the worst thing someone can be. What about the wife-beaters, people who believe in God or like George Bush, American Idol fans? If we eliminate fatties from our society we say that Ben Franklin and Marlon Brando had nothing to order and should have kept their lard-laden hands off our society. I am very worried that this is just another sign of our society's slow drift into theocratic fascism thanks to the Republicans and their dimwitted followers. "Everything must look perfect, everyone must think the same. Terrorism is out there so you should worship the Godbush and not question it when he has brown people tortured to death. Obey obey obey. Believe the Jesus myth!"
Maybe there is something out there louder and more dangerous than those Mcdonalds' advertisements.
1984. I'd hit it.