Why Skinny Is Not a Compliment

Short. Thin. Tall. Fat. We learn the basic description words as kids. But over time – and with a lot of advertising by the diet industry and a ton of not-so-subtle Hollywood brain-washing – we start to associate feelings with these physical attributes. Suddenly looking (or “feeling!”) “fat” becomes dreaded while “you look so skinny today!” receives an enormous smile and an enthused “thank you!” in response. Our value as…

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Expat Adventures

When People Talk About Other People

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  • September 24, 2017
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Iโ€™ve been struggling with how to write about the following topic for a while now. Why? Because in writing this I feel like Iโ€™m inadvertently participating in the very action described in the title of this piece! That said, I think itโ€™s an important topic, so bear with me and forgive any hypocrisy – I promise itโ€™s a well-meant exception. A few months ago at a dinner with friends, I…

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