Fat, Not Funny | Letters | Chicago Reader

Fat, Not Funny 

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Dear editors,

"The City" by Derf of Friday, May 20 [Section Four], is offensive to me. As a large woman, I have endured the harassing comments of strangers my entire life. Well, guess what--I am not going to hide. I am going to go to the movies, eat at restaurants, swim where I like, and exercise as I please. If you replace the word "fat" with the word "amputee" or "black," you may understand my anger. Fat is not an attitude one assumes or drops at will--nor is it a measure of moral virtue to fit into size five jeans.

True comedy is not about physical attributes (at least not after the sixth grade) but about attitudes and situations. Grow up.

S. Kennedy

W. Greenleaf

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