Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
“I'm just like you, only I'm different because I'm me."
As you all know, the basis for this newsletter is to encourage, motivate and educate people on the issues of sizeism. And mostly my subject matter is directed toward negative attitudes regarding fatness. But hopefully the reader has also picked up on the fact that I'm for a person being whatever their size is, naturally.
This "thing" that we have about making everyone a conceived "perfect" size was brought painfully to my attention recently when I read an article titled "Obama May Be Too Thin To Be President." The Wall Street Journal's Amy Chozick warns Barack Obama that he may be too thin to be president.
"'Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough,' Sen. Obama said.
"But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them."
Or so suggests the article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/01/wsj-obama-may-be-too-thin_n_116266.html. So, here again, someone is being judged by their outwardly physical physique.
So Obama is too thin to be president. McCain is too old to be president. I guess Hillary Clinton was too "woman" to be president?
The point is, we're still too busy judging people by their looks instead of who they really are and what they actually stand for.
A Word From Pat
Joe and I kept the grandkids last weekend. We found out that they like to play "Sorry!", so Joe went out and bought the game Saturday night.
We played a couple of rounds, and I was amazed at the strategy and ability with which Shaun, 8, played He started second grade this week, and had no problems reading the cards and knowing exactly what to do. Kayla, 5, who started first grade this week, played well but lost interest pretty soon.
But Kayla can catch me
totally off guard with her quick thinking and tongue. We were in the car
at one point and Joe was giving them a hard time about Walgreens' drug
stores, where their dad works. He was saying things like that CVS Pharmacy
was a better drug store than Walgreens. Of course Shaun was arguing with
him. Then Kayla piped up from the back seat and said, "Pawpaw, Walgreens
is where my dad works, so you should be ashamed of yourself!"
from Pearlsong Press:
Links About The Queen & Her Books
By Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
With the findings, employers are urged to guard against the use of weight-based stereotypes when it comes to hiring, promoting or firing.
Mark Roehling, a Michigan State University associate professor of human resource management, and two colleagues studied the relationship between body weight and personality traits for nearly 3,500 adults.
Contrary to widely held stereotypes, overweight and obese adults were not found to be significantly less conscientious, less agreeable, less extraverted or less emotionally stable.
The research, done in conjunction with Hope College near Grand Rapids, appears in the current edition of the journal Group & Organization Management.
"Previous research has demonstrated that many employers hold negative stereotypes about obese workers, and those beliefs contribute to discrimination against overweight workers at virtually every stage of the employment process, from hiring to promotion to firing," Roehling said.
"This study goes a step further by examining whether there is empirical support for these commonly held negative stereotypes. Are they based on fact or fiction? Our results suggest that the answer is fiction."
The findings are based on two separate but convergent national studies. Roehling, who's also a lawyer, said the practical implication of the research is that employers should take steps to prevent managers from using weight as a predicator of personality traits when it comes to hiring, promoting or firing. He said such steps could include:
Adopting a policy that explicitly prohibits the use of applicant or employee weight in employment decisions without a determination that weight is relevant to the job.
Structuring the interview process to reduce the influence of subjective biases.
Using validated measures of the specific personality traits that are relevant to the job if personality traits are to be considered in hiring decisions.
Including weight-based stereotypes as a topic in diversity training for interviewers.
"Employers concerned about the fair and
effective management of their work force," Roehling said, "should be
proactive in preventing negative stereotypes about overweight workers from
influencing employment decisions."
Reader Review of the
Read a nterview with Pat at The F-word (Food. Fat. Feminism.) blog.
Communicate with Pat
via her "Amazon Connect" blog on Amazon.com!
Pat's romantic suspense novel Abigail's Revenge is featured on the Beautiful
An article on Pat has been
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New from Pearlsong Press—Pat's
latest (and first nonfiction) book, 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No
Matter What Size You Are).
Hear―and see―Pat on the air at Radio Free Nashville! Listen to or download the mp3 recording of Pat's June 23, 2008 guest appearance on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville by going to http://www.healthateverysize.info/2008/06/june-23-2008-he.html.
Pat regularly guests on Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. She's usually in the studio on the fourth Monday of the month. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can also now subscribe to the podcast of the show (automatically receive the mp3 recordings of the weekly shows on your computer, iPod or mp3 player) via iTunes. Click on the "subscribe in a reader" button/link in the upper lefthand column, and select "Add to iTunes" or the podcatcher of your choice.
Listen to the live
broadcasts over the Internet at
http://www.radiofreenashville.org/. You can also listen to
the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM. It's free for
wireless internet enabled phones, but there's a small monthly charge for
other phones. See the
Health At Every Size show website or the
Radio Free Nashville website
for details. Davidson County, Tennessee residents can also hear the show
live through the Secondary Audio Programming of Comcast cable's Channel
You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.
discusses Pat's romance novels
Give someone a good
read as well as support in loving themselves.
Top 100 Women Sites (http://www.top100womensites.com/contest.htm) has been purchased by someone who is in the process of changing the site a little. I'm not sure if he is going to continue featuring the book contest.
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