Episode 27: The Scary Topic of Weight

Hi all,

Yes, I have dared to tread where only idiots usually go, the land of weight. I attempt, and I don't know how well, to discuss a variety of issues around weight, society, choices, underlying issues and all kinds of nasty things that go into our collective insanity regarding the amount of flesh on our bodies.

But first, I address a small addition to the Tyson discussion on getting past limitations.

The first break has us listening to We Come from Monkeys by blog post by The Body Sacred.

And then we learn that this episode was brought to us by the King of Pentacles and the rune Nied. You get to hear a promo from Media Astra Ac Terra.

The final segment is a Body Divine on getting in touch, literally!, with our bodies.

There is a postscript. And then the final two songs are by Michelle Mays, the first is Gently Johnny and the second is Earth My Body.

I hope you enjoy. Truly. But I'll take anything that isn't horribly hurt and upset by my treatment of the topic. Hmmm, gunshy much? Why yes, yes I am. Talking about charged topics when you can't act and react in accordance to your audience's reaction(s) is horrific. But I did it anyways. Yay me? You be the judge.

Saturn

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  • moiraeknittoo

    I totally appreciate what you were going for with this podcast. However. I will say that there was one thing that totally kept sticking in my craw, and I will have to go back and re-listen to the episode after getting this off my (incredibly ample) chest. And that was your statement that you felt only concern for obviously fat people because you just want them to be healthier.

    Here’s a quote from the woman whose book you recommended in the podcast (and which I will totally be checking out):

    >Often strangers will try to pass off their cruelty as concern. Don’t be fooled. What they’re saying isn’t “I care about your health, total stranger, for I am a concerned citizen.” it’s “I find your body unacceptable and you should feel ashamed because I am insecure.”

    Do I think that’s what your intent was behind your statement? No. Do I think that Ms. Sylvan is 100% correct and you’re coming at it from a point of insecurity? No. But I do believe that I, and probably many other folks who are completely obese in the eyes of our society, read your concern as Ms. Sylvan has stated, and there’s a whole hell of a lot of truth there.

    Props to you for tackling a very weighty (yes, pun intended) subject. And I hope you’re enjoying the meetup!

    Sep 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  • penniesinthewell

    Thank you for commenting, I really appreciate hearing back from you.

    All I can say is, I was being completely honest in how I feel and, as I said more than once, I’m not perfect. But the most important part I think is that it doesn’t matter what I or anyone else sees when they look at you. It’s what you see when you look at yourself. Screw the world. Screw me. Do you love yourself? Do you love your body? That’s what matters.

    Meetup was fabulous!

    Hugs and love. Saturn

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:36 am
  • zellen

    hi Saturn i have to say thank you for tackling this topic. it took some ca-hones to do this. and as a person who has struggled with self image and whate for 16 of my 24 years i found what you said very true. i personally feel that people react with anger and hate to things that are personal wounds. sadly this is a subject that poors the salt in the gaping wounds. i totally agree with you that at the end of the day fat or skinny you need to be happy with yourself and love yourself, and so long as your feel good than rock it.^.^ much love and thank you for putting out your podcast. your very inspiring to me blessings zellen

    Sep 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm
  • penniesinthewell

    Thanks, Zellen, very much appreciated!

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm