Also known as, Maggie shamelessly self-promotes. In all seriousness, I imagine some folks who have seen the Maggie series missed this Twitter meme I started from this past April. While I may have started it, it was picked up by people from around the world to share their stories and experiences as fat people. They are are often terrible and sometimes horrifying, but the stories also revealed a lot of common experiences for fat people and an enormous amount of strength. If you wonder why the Maggie series is necessary, I strongly urge you to read through the experiences that people shared and understand that this is what fat people go through almost every day of our lives. This is the abuse people feel entitled to subject us to. This is the indignity and disrespect meted out by those who think they are doing it for our own good.
In many ways, the Maggie series is a mirror effort of #thingsfatpeoplearetold. While that discussion was about the ways fat people have our lives defined for us by external forces, the Maggie sequels try to look past those narrow boundaries and explore our true potential. As awful as so many of the things we are told as fat people can be, the real truth of our possibilities is every bit as inspiring. Sadly, Twitter does a very poor job providing access to past memes (though I was able to save the first week or so of contributions). I did spotlight some selections from the first 24 hours on my blog. I also wrote about the meme on Shakesville and Melissa McEwan and others offered their own perspectives. I was also fortunate enough to be interviewed for a local news program in Philadelphia on the topic and grateful that they made my extremely nervous interview seem passable.
Part Nineteen in a Series of Maggie not listening to the things she’s told.