Fascist Health Care: We only operate on people
who don’t need operations?
A new policy in England, an NHS ban on surgery for people who are obese.
And while it isn’t an official policy in the rest of the world, there is a growing movement among doctors to refuse services to fat patients. The refusal to treat people who are overweight is a serious problem even when it isn’t overt public policy.
I’m Fat. I’ve been chunky all my life, and between diabetes and fibromyalgia (which makes exercise very difficult and dangerous), I’ve recently crossed that threshold where doctors don’t just suggest I lose weight, but actively refuse to treat any aspect of my health care needs and make outlandish, dangerous and uninformed suggestions, often starting with the sentence “I’m not a nutritionist, but…” (But then STHU!) If you’re not a nutritionist, giving nutritional advice is very dangerous. If you’re not even going to ask me what I eat, telling me what I should eat is very dangerous.
It’s a safe bet that anyone who is my age (58) has tried every diet, diet pill and diet strategy to the point of self harm. I’ve found a regimen that works for me, that balances my limited strength, finances and dietary needs. Very few people eat a diet as healthy as mine. My partner, Andy lost 80 pounds and has kept it off for over a year, eating almost as healthy as I do. I haven’t lost a pound. I struggle with diabetes and fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia makes exercise difficult because it makes me more incapacitated. There is nothing I can do about my weight EXCEPT try a series of extreme and unhealthy practices to attempt to conform to a societal standard that I just can’t achieve.
While I am no longer a smoker, my first cigarettes were given to me as samples, handed out on the streets of Philadelphia. I was 13. I don’t know if people should be held responsible for the consequences of addictions they were introduced to by the corporations who manufacture that poison, or how much control people have over addictions. Interestingly, this policy doesn’t extend to alcoholics or drug addicts.
This is an ableist death sentence.
- Black Lives Matter
- DISability inclusion always, all days, every way
- LGBTQIAA affirmative
– Lilla Watson, Aboriginal Activist
- Gender justice
- Free Palestine
- Refugees have right of passage & right of return
- Antisemitism is racism
- Fat is a DISability issue
- The only safe borders are open borders
- U.S. out of North America (yeah, you read that right)
- Indigenous rights now
- Universal human rights
- Universal humanity
- Workers’ Rights
- A woman’s place is in the world
- Trans sisters are women
- LOS MARINES NO PASARAN!
- DIALOGUE MATTERS
- HONOR THE TREATIES
- No ban, no Wall!
- IF IT ISN’T INTERSECTIONAL IT ISN’T CLASS STRUGGLE
- CLASS STRUGGLE IS KNOWING WHICH SIDE OF THE FENCE YOU ARE ON, CLASS ANALYSIS IS KNOWING WHO IS THERE WITH YOU (anonymous poster c 1970)
- Socialism the means of production
- Honor youth
- Respect your elders!
- Age in place!
- No means no!
- Radical consent!
- Healing is a community issue.
- Health care is a human right
- No blood for oil
- No U.S. imperialism
- Prison abolition
- No torture
- Bullying is bigotry
- Solidarity not charity
- Exclusion serves the oppressor. Inclusion serves the struggle
- Nothing without all of us: Justice not just us.
- Housing, education, health care are basic human rights
- Honor the earth
- physical beauty isn’t a virtue
- Down with white supremacy
- Don’t cross a picket line
- Fight the labor aristocracy
- Nothing changes without a complaint
- Never Again
- Never Again Anyone
- I remember the Armenian Genocide
- Jihad means struggle.
- This is my jihad…
If I left you out, let me know, because none of us is free unless all of us are free.
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On ableist language, the words we
use and alternative discourse
First posted on the Facebook page of Radical DISability, expanded and maintained here.
This is a work in progress of a collection of links on ableist language, with the most recent additions on the top of the page.
When we give up ableist language we leave room for actual analysis and discourse. Ableist language is essentially supremacist, so if we’re really fighting for social justice, stigmatizing people with cognitive, physical or emotional DISabilities not only perpetuates the marginalization of DISfolx, but also obscures the real problem with what every behavior or ideology we’re calling out. For example, when we say “Stupid White Men”, we not only disparage people with cognitive DISabilities, we also give capitalism, imperialism and institutional racism and sexism, a pass. We fail to provide real analysis, and instead resort to lazy name calling. When we CALL IT WHAT IT IS, instead of using ableist slurs, we actually provide the possibility for deconstructing systems of oppression instead of simply rebranding bigotry to fit one’s own entitled supremacy based on superior intellect or ability.
Stay tuned. More to be added in the future!
Or: Who Brought Girdles Back?
All the plus models are young, all the older models are thin and some of us wear flats! So what’s up with the heels and the spanx? Our grandmothers wore girdles. We gave up that shit in the 60s and now the fashion industry is convincing an entire generation of young women to bring them back.#spanxaregirdles #nospanxnothanx #heelsdontdefinebeauty#wecantalllooklikejanefondalillytomlindianekeatonandkateysegal #pantsuitsareugly What do women of a certain age wear? Plus Model Magazine????
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