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What discrimination looks like

September 3rd, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 14 Comments

In regards to my post “A cab driver yells prejudice.”

Someone recently commented “You wrote on a topic you probably have never experienced.”

There are many forms of discrimination, based upon prejudice.

We have all been on the receiving end of someone’s prejudice at one time or another.

Don’t assume that I have never experienced prejudice or discrimination. I have encountered plenty.

There is a lot of discrimination that follows a woman in this world. If she is a plus size woman like I am, then you can imagine what prejudice and discrimination on the basis of attractiveness and body one must face. Having to suffer from a weight issue due to thyroid disease has many disadvantages for me. One of them being ridiculed because of my size.

“Discrimination against overweight people – particularly women – is as common as racial discrimination, according to a study by the Rudd Center for Food.” (Yale daily news- Weight bias rivals race prejudice)

Rebecca Puhl, research scientist and lead author said, “These results show the need to treat weight discrimination as a legitimate form of prejudice.”

Much of society has decided that obesity prejudice is somehow okay, but it isn’t ok.

( I have previously blogged about my thoughts regarding ‘discrimination against overweight people’ in my post ‘Pathetic insults- Overweight women.’ When a person is overweight they become an easy target for insults. It is saddening the cruelty and prejudice that I have had to deal with. )

I have also been discriminated against, and treated badly because I suffer from a mental illness.

On Jan 7th, I spoke about my ‘Pretty Woman shopping experience,’ where I felt like I was judged by a salesclerk in a jewelry store based on my appearance, because I wasn’t dressed professionally.

So to the blogger who wrote ‘You wrote on a topic you probably have never experienced’:

You assumed wrong!

No one should be subject to any type of discrimination, but unfortunately everyone is.

Discrimination, stereotyping and prejudice is damaging. It breeds hatred and it hurts the individuals involved. Not only does it have a negative effective on ones health, but it effects their social well being and their ability to live normally in society.

Feel free to share examples from your own life where you (or someone you know) has been discriminated against.

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  • Charles Gulotta
    Wrote: Sep 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    About twelve years ago my wife and I decided to move. Our family ended up in a place with a small population, where everyone not only knows everyone, but they all seem to be related to each other. Typical of such places, we NOW realize, is that people put a great deal of importance on where you’re from, who your parents are, and so on. They tend to not warm up to outsiders — and no matter how long you live in such a place, you’ll always be an outsider.

    This invisible barrier didn’t affect us too much until the economy started to falter and we needed to look for work. Then we got a taste of what prejudice is really like. A relatively mild taste, I know, compared to the treatment others receive here and elsewhere, but enough to help us understand how pointless and destructive it can be. Where you were born is out of your control, just as much as the color of your skin, your physical appearance, and your family’s ethnic background. To treat someone in a certain way based on any of those things — or a list of similar things — is ignorant and cruel. Unfortunately, it happens everywhere, every day.

    It sounds as though you’ve had more than a taste of it, Rose. I’m sorry to hear that.

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Charles thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m sorry you & your wife faced such prejudice.

    Prejudice hurts us all.

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  • Anne Bender
    Wrote: Sep 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    It’s almost the opposite in my rural community. The majority of the people (men & women) are overweight. Now, I’m not sure if it’s due to their insecurity or just because they think it’s okay to ridicule those who are not as big as them, but I recall hearing plenty of women discriminate against someone for being thin.

    You’re right, it’s wrong to make rude comments about someone’s weight, regardless of whether they are over or under or even normal weight. Our society is really nuts sometimes.

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    So when a thin person insults an overweight person is it due to their insecurity or just because they think it’s okay to ridicule those who are not as thin as them?

    We agree that’s it is wrong regardless of size.

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  • Jack
    Wrote: Sep 4, 2010 at 1:28 am

    People shouldn’t speak unless they really know what is going on. Sometimes they act so foolishly. Although I should probably include myself in that group.

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    We’ve all made assumptions. We have all discriminated in some form and we have all been discriminated against. We need to stop and begin to examine our own attitudes against people who are different from us to end discrimination.

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  • Roger Green
    Wrote: Sep 4, 2010 at 5:14 am

    This isn’t my story, but I read it this week. Not only does it show discrimination, it shows the response!

    http://phyllisophy.blogspot.com/2010/08/green-is-for-grannys-green-fingernail.html

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  • Brian D. Hawkins
    Wrote: Sep 4, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I’ll be the first to admit that overweight people can be treated differently. I’ve never been overweight until several years ago I had a medical issue that has caused several enlarged organs. That, and my love for food, has added about 60 lbs. The weight gain was almost immediate and so was the different treatment. I’m not very sensitive about my weight, it just doesn’t hurt my feelings. I do notice the difference though.

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  • Anne Bender
    Wrote: Sep 4, 2010 at 8:34 am

    @Rose DesRochers: Yes. It’s because we are different. It’s wrong regardless of reason or size. Thin(ner) people are just as insecure. It’s all about fitting in.

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  • Anne Bender
    Wrote: Sep 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

    @Charles Gulotta: My family lives in a rural area where everyone is generational and knows/is related to everyone else (predominantly). I know exactly what you mean when it comes to not warming up to outsiders. Some do, but the majority do not. The job will go to a “local” first, even if they are not the better choice. Fortunately, not everyone is so narrow in their thinking, even in small towns.

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  • Larry Rivera
    Wrote: Sep 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Rose,

    Great article about discrimination, I despise all forms of it.

    Hate in any shape or form is wrong.

    Thanks for sharing this
    Larry

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    How right you are.

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  • Lisa
    Wrote: Nov 22, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for sharing that story. People can be so awful. I’m a short, thin and young-looking woman. Sounds OK, right? Well, I’m on the receiving end of subtle or overt condescension just about every day of my life from people who treat me like a child, discount me, ignore me or occasionally reach or talk over my head or in front of my face. I have sales clerks turn away from me at times to talk to a customer they must assume has more money or deserves more respect, like a man or an older-looking woman. I’m thinking of opening a shop. Rule number one – no assumptions about customers. There will be various-looking mystery shoppers!

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    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Lisa, I’m sorry to hear you get such treatment.

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