In a similar way that I looked at the insane rhetoric from a truly insane person crying out that libraries are racist because of some insanely stupid reasons, apparently wanting a healthy body and being a fitness trainer makes you a Nazi. That is one of the dumb things a woman who calls herself a “Fat Sex Therapist”, actual name being Sonalee Rashatwar, claimed in a speech to St. Olaf College students.
I say “one of the dumb things” because among them, she also compared parents putting a child on a diet to sexual assault, fitness trainers to white supremacists, science showing the link between obesity and poor health “eugenic science” or “Nazi science” and encouraged the students to both challenge laws and police, even though I have no idea what those two things have to do with being fat.
She began by saying: “Tonight, we’re gonna start by talking about how to politicize our definition of body image because oftentimes we actually get stuck thinking of it from a white supremacist lens… white supremacy happens every day in all these little things.”
You know, I’d say I’m surprised that someone is actually arguing that wanting a healthy body is racist if I hadn’t already written an article about someone arguing that libraries are racist. At this point, the words “racist” and “white supremacist” are thrown around so often that every single thing anyone does is considered racist. Eventually, those words will lose all their meaning.
Rashatwar also said: “I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex.” Children also cannot consent to going to school, does that mean that forcing your child to go to school is equivalent to sexual assault? They also do not consent to being forced to take up a hobby like sports, martial arts, playing an instrument, etc. Does that mean that forcing your child to at least try playing soccer, take up Judo, or play the flute is tantamount to sexual assault?
Guess what? Parents tend to have authority over their children. Exercising that authority is not sexual assault (unless it literally is sexual assault).
When I was a kid, my dad would take me to either Judo classes or Aikido. And of course, my parents would take me to school. Neither of those situations are even remotely equivalent to sexual assault and claiming they are is an outright insult to children who ACTUALLY FACE SUCH HORRORS!
She then went off on science: “We should be critical of the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable… is it my fatness that causes my high blood pressure, or is it my experience of weight stigma?” It’s your fatness, lady.
Look, I myself used to have fairly high blood pressure. I was never fat, let alone obese, so you can have high blood pressure without being obese. But for me, that was the case only because I would often consume things with high sodium. Once I started eating things with considerably less sodium (sadly, that means no more mac & cheese for me), my blood pressure dropped to healthy levels. But when you’re obese, you will naturally have high blood pressure because your heart is working extra hard to pump blood through arteries that are tighter and clogged up due to the fat.
Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t challenge science. Matter of fact, the only way science ever advances is by challenging the status quo – challenging what is known or thought to be known. Copernicus challenged the idea that everything revolved around the Earth and he was right. Columbus challenged the idea that the Earth was flat and he was right (though we seem to have gone backwards a bit on that idea, somehow). Darwin challenged the idea that God created Man and animals and everything. He was wrong, but what he discovered helped other scientists to find things like DNA (which ironically, further help prove God’s existence given its intricacies and complexity which suggest intelligent design).
However, challenging science regarding what is healthy and what is not for the sake of “wokeness” is adamantly stupid. We know what foods are good for us and which are bad. We have “Nutrition Facts” labels on our food for good reason. For example, taking a Coke that I drank recently, I can read the Nutrition Facts and find that that bottle (355 mL, so a very small one) contains 140 calories, 0% total fat, 2% Sodium and 39g of total carbs among other things. Not as healthy as, say, water, but not bad either on its own. What reason do I have to challenge what it says? Because it tastes good? Because I like it? Because I have the innate desire to have more of it? Or as this woman suggests, because the results will make me more “woke”?
The results will make me fatter and less healthy. Sure, I like the taste of it, but I am responsible with it. I don’t have multiple bottles of it every single day.
Anyway, the woman then went on to hilariously tie this sort of science to eugenics: “fatphobic [science] is often actually eugenic science… eugenic science is Nazi science.”
A few things to say. First, oh, goodie, “fatphobic” is now a thing. Second, does this woman know that eugenics often included killing and experimenting on people? I don’t think she knows this. The Nazis would perform eugenics on people like fetuses, twins and so on in the name of “science”. It was atrocious and a human rights’ violation. No one does this sort of thing to fat people. Not to mention that eugenics would often use unwilling test subjects. While experiments are done with people who are fat, those people CHOOSE to partake in the experiment. Otherwise, it would very much be illegal and unethical.
Then, she said something that is so wrong it’s actually funny: “intentionally pursuing weight loss… what we’re discovering scientifically is that that’s not possible.”
Give me a moment, because I really can’t hold in my laughter.
Okay, okay. Umm, where to begin? Should I even say anything here? Does reality speak for itself here? Maybe I should say at least this: there was literally someone who was fat and lost weight in her audience.
Will Douty, a freshman at this college, was interviewed by Campus Reform after the lecture. He said: “The entire speech was very troubling for me. I know from personal experience that health is absolutely connected with weight… when you decide to give up and claim that doctors are lying to you and you’re perfect the way you are, all you truly end up with is repressed emotions and an early funeral… I can guarantee that maintaining healthy eating habits will help me live a much longer and healthier life than I was originally on track to have. Your life can only improve if you take responsibility for yourself.”
How is it that a 19-year-old has more common sense than a woman I’m assuming is somewhere in her thirties?
Also, I like that last part about your life only improving if you take responsibility for yourself. Guess what the speaker was telling people they shouldn’t do? Take responsibility for themselves.
Rashatwar claimed: “This conversation about pushing off our own well-being onto the individual is part of these 1980s Reagan era policies that again try to move that structural obligation of a system and this social safety net onto the individual… instead of thinking that there should be social supports that also help me to subsidize my food costs.”
First, that’s not strictly a Reagan thing. JFK, a Democrat, insisted that people think about what they can do for their country, not what their country can do for them. Second, is she for real? Is she actually saying we ought to help pay for her to gorge herself out with food so she would remain fat, unhealthy and “woke”?
It’s honestly ironic that she supports the type of policies that have led to some of the worst famines in world history.
She then called on students “to challenge all authorities, not just the authority that science has given but also legal authority… the same way I want us all to challenge laws, I want us all to challenge prisons and policing.”
Again, what does being fat have to do with police authority and laws? As far as I know, the only laws concerning weight have to do with a parent either not feeding their child or a parent feeding their child so much that they gain extremely unhealthy amounts of weight (both of which fall under the category of child abuse).
People can make the argument that cops are racist (largely wrong, but they can make it), but I don’t think anyone can make the claim that anyone has ever been pulled over, arrested or killed by a police officer because they were fat. I don’t think fat people get to make that argument. Of course, that is their First Amendment right, but that doesn’t mean they get credibility.
Rashatwar later trashed the ethics codes in her profession as a therapist, where she is not allowed, as a professional, to have physical contact or a relationship with her clients: “I will never live by a professional code of ethics that tells me what I am allowed and not allowed to do with my body.”
Can’t say I’m surprised that this woman is highly unethical. Didn’t need this part to understand that, quite frankly.
In any case, she then finished her speech by talking about the New Zealand mosque shooting: “I do not think it’s surprising that the man who shot up Christchurch, New Zealand was also a fitness instructor.” She also added that the shooting is “a clear communication that there’s still an idealized body. Nazis really love this idea of an idealized body, and so it makes a lot of sense to me that a fitness instructor… might also think about an idealized body in this thin white supremacist way.”
Yeah, I don’t remember one of the reasons listed in the guy’s manifesto being that he did this because he hated fat people. He may or may not hate fat people, but the reasons for shooting up the mosque did not include that.
But this woman must’ve had a bad run-in with a fitness instructor. This level of hatred for that particular career seems to stem from personal experience.
In any case, I find it is good to write articles like these, exposing just how lunatic many on the Left have become. To summarize what she claims: fitness instructors are Nazis, science that showcases the links between obesity and high blood pressure and overall unwellness is eugenic science aka Nazi science, putting your child on a diet is tantamount to sexual assault and we should pay for her to get even fatter and unhealthier.
You just can’t write this stuff.
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