Fat Acceptance and Lingerie Ads
Check out this recent comment I received on a fat-related post:
btw, you might want to consider blogging on a service that doesn’t show me pictures of slender women in their lingerie. It’s rather incongruous to read your posts adjacent to an ad that shows me a picture of a model in Rachel Zoe-designed underwear.
I’m aware of the underwear ads. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first person wondering why I allow them. A friend of mine asked about how much control I have over what ads are shown because she was surprised about the underwear ads. She asked:
Out of curiosity, what level of control do you have over the ads on your blog?…I know some blogs don’t have that level of control, and I didn’t know if that was the case, or if you just didn’t know about the ads… this is my personal opinion, like I said, but the…Lingerie ads seemed not to line up.
I do have control over what categories of ads show up here. You will never see an ad for infant formula, anything from the diet industry, military ads, or anything from Republicans. I am also informed of upcoming campaigns and can opt out of them individually, but I’m unlikely to take the time to do that unless something really offensive comes up.
Are skinny half naked women out of line with my blog? Out of line with fat acceptance posts?
If I were strictly running a fat acceptance blog, I might feel more strongly about controlling the images that appear with the ads. I would be more likely to attract readers who have been seriously traumatized by fat hate and who want stronger protection from harmful messages. I’m not running a fat acceptance blog, though. I write about a lot of topics and don’t attract a single type of reader.
And the strongest reason I don’t object to the underwear ads is that I don’t have anything against skinny women or lingerie. I have posted pictures on LoveLiveGrow that included nudity, including fully naked photos of myself. And my fat acceptance battle is against a criminally critical culture; irresponsible scientific, medical, and governmental groups; and outright bigots. It is NOT under any circumstances a battle against skinny people.
I do object to computerized, unrealistic images of women, but those show up in all kinds of advertising across the board. Those images are relentless and nearly unavoidable, as are other harmful ubiquitously advertised messages.
For example, as I was writing a reply to the comment that starts off this post, I glanced up to see what ad was currently visible to me. I see all kinds of ads here, but what I found in that moment was truly congruent. I was an ad for a water filter that showed the words “Getting healthier?” alongside a glass of water with a tape measure around its “waist”. THAT is offensive. The casual, thoughtless assertion that getting healthier means getting smaller is hateful, harmful, and offensive.
The bodies of thin women are not.
For good measure, here: enjoy some photos of fat women in their underwear, found here, here, here, and here (edit: broken links removed).