Fatphobia On The Bus

19 Aug 2016

UK plus size fashion blogger AmandaApparel opens up about fat-shaming experiences on public transportation in this personal post about fatphobia.

So yesterday I was fat-shamed on the bus while commuting to work...again! If you're following me on Twitter, then you know I've already opened up a bit of a discussion about this issue, but I'd like to keep that going and discuss a bit more in depth here on my blog. If you don't follow me on Twitter yet, what are you waiting for?! Let's be Twitter friends! And never fear, because THIS is what happened to me on the bus yesterday.

As you can imagine, this was a really rubbish experience. I wanted to at least help something good come of the situation, so I opened up the floor to my followers, and several chimed in with similar anecdotes of their own. 

I immediately related to @laurapantslife's story because I have been mooed at more times than I can count. I think all fat women have had to deal with mooing, to be honest, and it's just vile. I've never noticed myself being shamed when I'm with anybody else, so I've never had anyone stick up for me like her mum did. 

Okay, for starters...buses are literally built to transport a bunch of weight. Like, they have ONE job, and that's it. I can't imagine what I would do in @LadyCatHT's friend's position. I certainly don't know what I would do if someone sat next to me for the specific purpose of moaning about how much space my body occupies. Absolutely ridiculous. 

This note that @applewriter and @missluvian shared is all too familiar. It's one thing to lean out of the way to give someone some room to pass, which is a kind, polite gesture. It's a completely different thing to jump out of the way because you're disgusted that part of someone's fat body might actually touch you. Like...it's not contagious, you know? 

If I had £1 for every time someone told me I'd be so much prettier if I lost weight, I could pay off my tremendous student loans. And in @DreddByDawn's story it wasn't just a passing comment, but 30 minutes of gabbing on and on and on. 

While fat-shaming is terrible on public transport, it's certainly not limited to public transport. I have been shouted at just like @rosieroundface many many times. I've also been spit at/on a handful of times as well. 


So what am I getting at with all this? Well, like I mentioned in my Tweets, I want to document incidents like this for people who insist that fat-shaming is not an actual problem. Life is short, don't waste it being cruel to others. It costs £0 to be kind. If you have experienced similar fatphobic scenarios in public, particularly on public transport, please share your story in the comments below! I'd love to keep the conversation going. 


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Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
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