So Many Books... - Progressive, eh?
May. 13th, 2011
10:59 pm - Progressive, eh?
I was sent a link to this upcoming anthology by steepholm, who hadn't really looked at it but thought Becca might be interested. The title, "Fat Girl in a Strange Land" struck me as pretty dubious, but when I looked at it, the whole thing struck me as highly dubious. Especially this: "Fat can’t just be a passing detail of the main character’s physical description." Now, they may think they get points for going on to explain that "Fat shouldn't be the only thing the main character has going on", which, admittedly is highly enlightened of them. /sarcasm But y'know - the idea that being fat MIGHT just merit only a 'passing detail' in describing a character is clearly so far beyond progressive as to pass into the realm of --. What? The truly inconceivable?
News flash for the eds: your 'progressive' sounds pretty damned unprogressive to anyone with the slightest awareness of fat acceptance. Or, I'd have thought, anyone who had more than a bit of cop on. A fabulous anthology is a possibility, but if it happened, it would be despite, rather than because of, the conception as it's worded here.