Ragen frames any kind of criticism of her as an attack on the core concepts of fat acceptance, or even a misogynistic attack on all women in general. For example, in her recent “stalkers” post, she claimed all her “trolls” disagree with her radical idea that “fat people should be treated like human beings”.
Is Ragen actually wrong about everything? The answer is no, of course not. Anyone with common sense and empathy understands the core concepts of fat acceptance are perfectly reasonable. Fat people are human beings and entitled to as much (or as little) respect as anyone else. Fat people shouldn’t be afraid to get out and live their lives (from personal experience, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of “I’ll do ____ when I’m thin”). And losing weight and keeping it off is hard, even though CICO (calories in, calories out) is a very simple concept. On this blog there is no criticism of overweight or obese individuals simply for living their lives or wanting the same standard of respect as others. The idea there is a misogynistic conspiracy against Ragen is also particularly galling, considering the founder of this blog is a woman, and the two main online communities critical of Ragen (Reddit’s /r/fatlogic and GOMI) are majority female and almost exclusively female, respectively.
The problem is Ragen intersperses the good with liberal doses of pseudoscience and shockingly poor medical advice, and constantly misleads or tells flat out lies about her credentials, achievements, and experiences. She has built a career around denying the health effects of obesity while pretending to be an elite professional athlete, through speaking engagements and assorted moneymaking schemes. That’s what this blog is about, and discussing it shouldn’t detract from the message that fat people are human beings, despite what Ragen claims.