Staying fit or having a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) can be quite hard for certain people with their lifestyles and genetic predispositions. However, that doesn’t mean you should avoid it like the plague, and it just so happens that one fat sex therapist is making it out as such. She even likened fitness training and dieting to Nazism.
Sonalee Rashatwar from Philadelphia, US recently did a two-hour fat acceptance lecture at St. Olaf College, Minnesota. What made her talk stand out was some bold claims where stated dieting is sexual assault and fitness training is a white supremacist tool while being fat is healthy. Rashatwar describes herself as a social worker and a sex therapist.
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welcome to 57k, cats and kittens! . hiya, i’m sonalee – a non binary (aka not a lady or woman) queer bisexual social worker and sex therapist based in philly, specialized in treating sexual trauma and body image issues while using anti oppression & anti (intentional weight loss) diet lenses 🥨 i’m an activist therapist and the therapist for activists 😘 check out my website (link in bio) for more info! . thanks for the follow! for all you new folks, every few k i write an intro post 🙂 . this is a photo of me by @aisha_usman at red lobster last week after i had a therapy breakthrough and decided to finally allow myself to have the haircut i really wanted . for this 57k here is a list of nice & not nice things i said to myself at the salon while i watched my hair get buzzed off: – wow my friends were right to push me to pay more than $15 for a haircut, this dude knows what he’s doing – my mom is going to hate this – what if my face looks EVEN FATTER than it is when i cut it so short – that’s stupid, sonalee. you’re fat face is not going to miraculously look fatter – people can already see EXACTLY how fat my face is with or without the hair covering me – i will not hide behind my hair, i am not afraid of fatphobic judgment. that happens already anyway – but why am i hesitant to part w this big feminine gender marker? what is holding me back from playing w gender in this fun way? – it’s just hair it’ll grow back – my cousin’s wedding is in two months, my fam is gonna freak out at how gay i look – omg i love how much i look like a boy! – my mother cannot have my hair. i get to have control over my body and what it looks like. her words from the last time i buzzed my hair cannot control me – treat yourself like a capable adult who makes smart decisions, sonalee. trust yourself! – i feel so sexy w this haircut wow – now that my hair doesn’t feel so feminine, i can play w feminine accessories like jewelry, makeup, and manicures – i rly rly love this new haircut – this feels gender affirming & hopefully will attract some new romance ☺️❤️ . welcome ☺️ introduce yourself. how did you find me? have you struggled with shedding the control someone else had over your body?
“I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex. I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body,” she claimed. She seemingly dismissed the many studies about the benefits of fitness training and proper diet as well as the negative effects of obesity and a poor diet.
“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? Fatphobic… often actually eugenic science… eugenic science is Nazi science,” she added.
To top off her argument, she linked the Christchurch shooter‘s Islamophobic massacre to his love for fitness, since he did fitness training. As expected, Rashatwar received significant negative feedback online due to her speech and perhaps her general attitude towards fitness training and medical science.
What do you think of Rashatwar’s war against fitness training? Feel free to discuss in the comments.
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