I don’t blog anonymously, but some do because they don’t want their internet history coming up in a job interview or a performance evaluation. I don’t think that’s an issue for me, but even so, I hardly ever say anything about fat acceptance to my coworkers, mostly because I’m there just to work. And in any case, it seems to be a (relatively) size-accepting workplace. There are a few fat people working there, and some coworkers have fat spouses. We started a wellness program this year, but it isn’t mandatory, and doesn’t seem to punish the fatties. There’s some breakroom diet talk, but I keep away from that as much as I can. Those who know that I’m into size acceptance seem to be OK with it.
But what if I have to change jobs? If they research me on the internet, they’ll find my fat acceptance writings as well as my work experience. I just checked, and even blog comments and petition signings show up. Scary if you think about it.
It’s not a new problem. The personal letters of famous people in history are now available for all to read. But average people used to have a “security by obscurity”. Now, nothing is truly obscure.
The answer, of course, is to be proud enough of everything you write that you have no misgivings about signing it. And, except for the odd (very odd) comment on someone’s facebook status, I do. And that means editing everything, even tweets. But that’s OK, because I’m an editor at heart.
But even so, I’m not in the clear. I find fat women attractive, and I’ve said so in writing. Some people have a problem with that, and that means that they might have a problem with me. While I’m not willing to hide my preference, I do self-censor by leaving out anatomical raves, for example.
So it’s a balancing act. And I plan to write more about this and other aspects of self-censorship in another post. In the meantime, how do you folks handle this?