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I posted here about the letter I sent in response to Al Lewis's column in the Denver Post where he whinges about sitting next to fat people in airplanes. The Denver Post published my letter here:

http://www.denverpost.com/letters/ci_4302766

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jb98
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! It just gets better every time I read it.
apis_mellifera
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
You rock like a totally rocking thing! :)
spiderdust
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well done!
pyrzqxgl
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Bravo!
cheshyre
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Go you!
queensheba
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Not only that, but the author of the original column expresses awe that the larger man fits his "20 or 30 inch diameter" into a 17-inch wide seat. Who DOESN'T have a 20-30 inch diameter? I think he's getting his terms mixed up.
jinian
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Most people don't have a 20- or 30-inch diameter, which is the relevant measurement for seat width. A 20-inch diameter (2r) multiplied by pi (2*pi*r) gives a 62.8-inch circumference, i.e., hip measurement as seen in 36-24-36. It's not outrageously big, but it's well on the larger side of average.

(Stef, you continue to rock.)
queensheba
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ooops, you're right. I got *my* terms mixed up. I was thinking of a 20-30 inch waist (e.g. circumference, not diameter, as you said) - which wouldn't be particularly large at all.
porcinea
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Go you!!! W00t!!!
kightp
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Outstanding!
clawfoot
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
*wild applause*
loracs
Sep. 10th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!!!!
Now all the readers (at least of the "letters to the editor" section) can hear a sane side to this fatphobic argument by this columnist and the airline industry.
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waterowl
Sep. 10th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
You go girl!
gimpedoutwidow
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thank gods, you said it better than I did
I got labled a "babbler" on the author's blog, for zeroing in on just what you said so forcefully in your letter--the key thing is that only one third of us are 17.2 inches wide or less...and that the airlines have been using the "people are sardines" theory for decades now.

Loved your letter, thank you for it

Jean
firecat
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank gods, you said it better than I did
Thanks for stopping by! I avoided the author's blog because I've seen too much of the way blog posts about fat issues collect fat hating comments, and I can't handle it. Go you for arguing the point in a hostile environment - you probably made a few people think.
liveavatar
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
As someone else said, this looks better every time I read it!
boxofdelights
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Brava.
submarine_bells
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Bravo! It's lovely to see such a well-written and obviously sensible rebuttal to this rather prevalent flavour of bullshit.
blue_sky_48220
Sep. 10th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
I think your response is wonderful. I enjoyed reading it when you posted it, and I'm thrilled to see that the Denver Post printed it.

Good for you!
pure_agnostic
Sep. 11th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Stef, as long as we're on the subject of attitudes towards fat people ...

you may want to take a look at this article:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003250510_nudephoto08.html

I think the article needlessly points out the weight of the police chief's wife. The police chief's own comments about his wife's size, and his attempts to control her are worthy of feedback. (The kind of feedback you've given to the Denver Post.)
firecat
Sep. 11th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Ew. I agree that feedback would be worthwhile. If you write something, let me know.
sashajwolf
Sep. 11th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
*boggle* Why on earth did anyone think he should resign over something his wife did?
pure_agnostic
Sep. 12th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Well actually, he didn't resign over something his partner did. He resigned because he didn't want to be hassled by a few dozen town residents. They didn't want him as police chief just because they think it's a Big Deal (tm) that his partner posted a nude photo of herself.

Is it fair? No. Is it his reality? Sadly, yes.

I was touched to see two others resign in protest over how the police chief was hassled.
figmo
Sep. 11th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
One of my comedian-friends who isn't particularly large makes the following joke in her act:

"In China they used to bind women's feet so they wouldn't grow. I'm trying the same thing with my butt. I'm flying coach."
thegreencall
Sep. 11th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
I was pointed to this by blue_sky_48220. Great letter!
firecat
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by!
ruth_lawrence
Sep. 11th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Yippee!

You rawk :-)
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