Mass delusions are those fashions that sweep through society from time to time. The South Sea Company will make a fortune from the assiento when no one else ever did. Tulips are worth more than houses. Socialism is an answer to anything other than the question of how do we impoverish the population? Mass delusion is slightly different, being much more locally confined:
Sofie Hagen: ‘Fat is a neutral word – I want us to reclaim it’
In her first book, the Danish comedian is calling for fat liberation – and happiness. She talks about anti-capitalism, abuse and how her view of her body changed overnight
OK, great, tubby bird trying to work through her issues. Good on her. True, most of us pay the therapist rather than asking others to pay for the therapy notes but whatever floats boats.
Then there’s the delusion:
For Hagen, learning to accept her body wasn’t a drawn-out process; the change came instantly. One day her university friend Andrea asked her to think about where self-hating thoughts come from, and who profits from them, and her whole perspective shifted. “I used to think – of course fat is ugly, lazy, stupid and bad. I never questioned it. But when Andrea said: ‘You feel bad then you buy more stuff, so they make money,’ it clicked. Overnight I stopped seeing it as a fact.” This is the political centre of Happy Fat: the argument that fatphobia is a product of capitalism – designed to keep us consuming diet products and miracle foods; and patriarchy – which demands women exert an impossible level of self-discipline around their looks. She sums up the argument with a Naomi Wolf quote: “A culture fixated on female thinness is fixated on female obedience.” To challenge fatphobia is to challenge capitalism and to see fat people in the context of other marginalised groups.
Perhaps delusion is the wrong word, wibble being better. Wobble?
There is no capitalist plot to do anything because the capitalists are in competition with each other, not a cabal working together. And the reason people are fat is because they ingest more calories – over time – than they expend. It’s fine to be happy about that result and given the variability of human tastes and desires many will be.
But blaming it all on the Rothschilds really won’t do. We might even note that only capitalist societies seem to produce enough food for the generality to become fat but that’s still not a plot by the capitalists, just a happy side effect. As with the more usual dribble about feminism necessarily being anticapitalist. It’s only the result of a few centuries of capitalist free marketry which allows women’s liberation or the existence of porkers among the general population.