Wow, such tolerance and compassion toward a more and more prevalent segment of society... Oh wait, maybe that's what I thought when I read the Brokeback Mountain thread.
Discrimination is alive and well, and it isn't always based on race or sexual orientation.
Anyone remember the movie Shallow Hal, where Gwenyth Paltrow played a fat chick? Here's something you may not remember: (http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/11-15-2001-6088.asp
|Paltrow, who wears a fat suit in the film, got into character by wearing the suit to a bar to see the reactions of the patrons. She was not recognized and was basically ignored. People almost refused to look at her as if it were painful or as if they were doing her a favor by not looking. She is quoted in US Weekly as saying, "No one would even look in my direction. It was a profound, very sad, and startling experience."
I'm fat. I admit it. I eat too much and I don't exercise like I should. My fault. Oh yeah...and because I'm over 30, my metabolism crashed. 4 years of watching my mother battle cancer (and eventually lose), being in a job where I was miserable and treated like something they would wipe off their shoes, and at least that many years of untreated depression...that didn't help my weight either. Stress makes my metabolism all but stop. But, it is ultimately my own fault. I'm not morbidly obese or anything. I carry my weight well as far as it goes. But I do shop in the "women's" sizes. They do make clothes in my size that are slightly more fashionable than a tent with neck and arm holes. I don't expect to have concessions made for me because I'm not a size 2, but I would like to be treated the same.
Just realize that it's not like any of us fatties just woke up one day with the goal of being fat, just to inconvenience you. It's not like it's fun to feel like everyone's laughing when you walk in the room, or worse turning the other way. It's not fun to be very uncomfortable in any mass seating venue because the seat size was figured in the 1970s (and apparently for Twiggy's butt! BTW, even when I was around 150-160 lbs. (healthy for my height), the seats for concerts and airplanes were uncomfortable simply because I've always had hips.) It's not like we're just sitting around wallowing in our obesity - fat, dumb and happy. Probably 90% or more of the people who are overweight or obese are actively trying to lose weight. It's not like you can just snap your fingers and drop 50 pounds.
As for the airline industry making concessions for larger people? I think they should. Considering 2/3 of the population is at the least uncomfortable while utilizing their service, and 1/3 probably can't use it at all without paying double (which they probably can't do, or won't on principal). The airlines would probably make more money if people didn't know they would be uncomfortable at best while travelling.