A couple of weeks ago, the Daily What on Tumblr posted this photograph:
With the caption: “Lazy Lady Is Lazy of the Day: I’d say give this lady a laziness award but she’d probably be too lazy to accept it.”
Now I’m quite sure I’m not the only one pissed off by the assumptions made by that caption. I found I was so pissed off that I had to just set the picture aside and give it some thought before I shared it here with all of you.
It still really, really pisses me off.
This is another example of someone looking at a person, and making an assumption about them, simply by what they see. Ok so in this picture, we see a fat woman in a line for Burger King, sitting on a chair. That must totally mean she’s a big fat lazy cow right?
Would they be offering the laziness awards if it were a thin woman sitting on that chair?
But what about what we don’t know? Let’s ask a few questions.
Do we know whether or not this woman has any illnesses? Might she be a sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia or any other illness that causes fatigue and body pain? What about recovering from an injury or surgery? Perhaps she’s going through chemotherapy treatment? What about a spinal injury? Maybe she had a baby recently and has complications from birth? Maybe she’s actually pregnant? Perhaps she has balance issues due to damaged inner ears? Who knows, I could go on.
Maybe the woman has just worked a 16 hour shift somewhere and just wants something quick and cheap and easy to eat so she can go home to bed. I mean she’s between a soldier/marine (sorry my American friends, I’m not sure of the uniform) and a woman in scrubs – it could be the wee small hours of the morning for all anyone knows.
That’s the thing with bodies. Most of the time, the casual observer has not a damn idea what is going on with someone’s body. A person cannot make a snap judgement of someone as lazy just because they see a fat woman sitting on a chair in the queue at Burger King. The same thing for people who take the elevator one floor rather than the stairs, or use the disabled toilets when they can walk, or use the handrail on stairs. Whether they are fat or thin, there are reasons that they do this, and those reasons are nobody’s fucking business.