There’s a popular meme that says that everyone is beautiful. Sure, I can agree with that: Each one of us is beautiful in a unique and special way. But what I can’t get with is the idea that fatties are beautiful because everyone is beautiful. I’ve seen that sentiment on lots of blogs over the years, including some that I mentioned in my last post. Worse yet is the idea that an image of a beautiful fat person proves that everyone is beautiful, which if you think about it is a bit insulting.
When it comes to physical attraction, fat women do it for me. That’s not a hard and fast rule; I’m not attracted to all fat women, and I can certainly see the physical beauty in averaged-sized women, and even men of varying sizes. But mainly I find fat women especially attractive, even though everyone is beautiful. (Perhaps it would be fruitful to discuss the difference between beauty and attractiveness in a future post.)
The “everyone is beautiful” idea seems like a consolation prize to me. It sounds a bit like, “Wow, x person is really beautiful! And, I guess, fatties are beautiful, too. I mean, they have to be cuz everyone is.”
Everyone is beautiful, but each one of us finds beauty in different things. To me, fat bodies are especially beautiful, and I celebrate them and my preference for them.