Shh, don’t tell Lillian she’s fat . . . right? Wrong.
“I am fat,” Lillian Bustle said on TED Talks. “I happen to use this word as a self-descriptor. And I don’t say it to put myself down. And I certainly don’t say it in hopes someone will say, “Oh no, you’re not fat.” No one says to a tall person, “You’re not tall.” Because tall is not a dirty word. We are programmed to tell each other we’re not fat because to many, fat is the worst thing you can be. I’m 5-ft-3 so I call myself short. I’m married so I call myself a wife. I weigh 240 pounds so I call myself fat. And I am beautiful so I call myself beautiful. And I’m all of those things at once.”