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What Did I See In Him, Anyway? | Manolo for the Big Girl

What Did I See In Him, Anyway?

I freaking love Nicole Hollander. Not only is she consistantly funny, I think she was channelling our own Plumcake for this morning’s Sylvia strip:

Clyde Invents Jump Rope

Still, underneath the awesome is a very real problem we big girls deal with everyday: people who love us…but would love us more if there happened to be less of us. Mothers, fathers, lovers, siblings, co-workers, bosses, offspring can all indulge in this dispiriting form of love.

It’s not even necessarily that they don’t really love us. They’re concerned for our health. They’re worried about how others who don’t know us will perceive us. Many of them really, honestly think they’re being helpful. Mostly, they’re just trying.

But what do you do when the concern troll in your life is your life partner?

You can start by recommending some good reading material. Tell him you’ll be happy to discuss the matter once he’s read a few articles at Shapely Prose, The F-Word, The Rotund, or some of the other fine blogs on the Fatosphere feed. After all, chances are he’s not even aware there is another possible point of view. Pretty much every mainstream source demonizes fat and, by extension, fat people. It can be an amazing revelation to realize there really is another way of seeing things.

You can set boundaries. Tell her when she says something negative about your weight (or her own) that you aren’t going to enter into the conversation. This is particularly important if you’re in recovery from an eating disorder. Later sit her down and inform her calmly that the criticism implied in negative body talk is triggering or hurtful to you, as the case may be.

You can tell your partner that you have enough negative voices in your own head and need some damn support, already.

If worst comes to absolute worst, you can leave…or throw your partner out.

A good partner is supportive. A good partner is willing to listen. A good partner will stand up for you. A good partner doesn’t just parrot what you say, but darn well treats your opinions and emotional needs with respect. A good partner doesn’t need your weight to change for his or her benefit…and is willing to accept that it might not be to your benefit, either.

And honey, every single one of us deserves a good partner. Why? Because we are intelligent, elegant, sexy, sassy, talented, tart and entirely composed of awesome and glitter.

Anyone who can’t see that for a little tummy jiggle just ain’t worth the trouble.

4 Responses to “What Did I See In Him, Anyway?”

  1. Violet December 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    When I saw that comic I thought for sure this was going to be a post about Wii Fit!

  2. mini_pixie December 16, 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    As usual, Ms. Twistie, you are spot on. I thank my lucky stars that my hubby loves me and my squish. He encourages me when I want to be encouraged to make a change, and he leaves me alone when I want to be left alone. He has never tried to make me set any goals I didn’t want, but when I have set them he does his level best to be helpful (although sometimes that means staying out of it). And that is true for more than weight issues.

  3. mini_pixie December 16, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    PS I love Nicole Hollander, too.

    And being made of awesome and glitter beats sugar and spice any day of the week.

  4. Almost a Lady December 17, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    “… we are intelligent, elegant, sexy, sassy, talented, tart and entirely composed of awesome and glitter.”

    This may just be the best phrase ever ever. I love it. Great rest of post too – I’ve been dreading some of those conversations with family over Christmas (“darling, should you really be eating that?” etc etc) and your advice will help me deal with it a lot better. Thank you.