December 2017
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glamour, movement, magic, fat, perception double mirrored


Now that I am fat (by most assessments) I feel that people don't see my glamour, my unearthly ethereal magic, anymore. I realized this when watching The L Word again and seeing so many of my movements in Jenny -- the way ze puts hands on hips, or gestures, or tilts zir head, or moves zir eyes, or touches others, or responds to touch. I feel a strong resonance with that character for a lot of reasons, but I hadn't thought about the fact that a big part of that feeling is in the glamour that Jenny carries (at least in the second season). And I realized that most people see fat as the opposite of magic, and in the same way that some of my relatives can't see my grandmother's features reproduced SO CLEARLY in my cousin's face because of a different eye shape and skin color, fat is just such a dominating feature to the average person that they couldn't see similarities between me and Jenny even if we were exactly alike except for fat and hairstyle.

This hurts because my glamour (and I'm using this word in the fae sense not the fashion sense) is a vital part of me. I know that it has not decreased; if anything it is more than it used to be, yet people don't react to it. I used to feel people notice it, interact with me as though I wore it like a cloak. I could sense them enjoying it, or being mystified by it, or feeling drawn to it, or being scared of it. But then again, these were always fleeting feelings. Most of the time I did not feel that people sensed it at all. I think there was really just one short bit of time where I felt my magic was treated as a vital and omnipresent part of me on a regular basis, and that was the summer and early fall when I lived at Serendipity. I think it was because deliberately interacting with magic was important to everyone who was close to me at that time.

I don't really know. Even when I dress to my fullest self, in a way that I feel makes my magic very obvious, people notice my fat first and feel embarrassed for me, like I "don't know better" than to wear things that neither smush nor hide me. If I wore the same style of things as a thin person, people would understand that my choices are deliberate and they might think I am very weird but they wouldn't see me as clownish or failing to be something else. People see my body and either make me invisible or project their shame onto me.

Obviously all of this could be entirely wrong, as it is my perception of other people's perception of me. But the point is that I feel that my fat obscures my magic and grace for many people, and that makes it hard for me to connect with it.

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classical_wolf ══╣Boy-Girl-Person╠══
People see my body and either make me invisible or project their shame onto me. - I understand what you mean.

One thing I've been trying to learn, is confidence about myself, and just trying to wear what makes me happy, regardless of how it makes me look (or if I'm trying too hard, etc).

I hear you about Jenny. I feel like a lot of that is body language and also charisma, which I feel I lack. I'm not good with body language, and my body/face isn't good at being that expressive.

Basically, I can relate to this whole post!
blimeyzawn1 ══╣╠══
I have a lot of thoughts on this, but am being lazy today, so I will leave you with my most important one.

First words uttered to Jeff about our first time meeting: "James is one of my fairy people, and so glamorous. We're going to fly to fairyland together."
elven_ranger ══╣╠══
I think people at the moment are quite zombified, so they don't notice a lot of things.
midwinter ══╣bus stop espresso╠══
I want to recommit to consciously asking myself if I'm viewing fat people differently (not-viewing being the same as viewing, to me). I'm grateful for your sharing this, so that I can hopefully reduce any pain I'm contributing to and be more perceptive for everyone's benefit. I also am happy to be reminded that it is ok to live w/glamours -- sometimes I think this is a shameful thing, when I feel like I need it!
raidingparty ══╣╠══
Good idea, I'll be doing the same.
adi_stroyer ══╣╠══
I feel like the Magic in you has always been apparent. I see that same thing in you that I see in Jenny, that thing that makes her the place where my eyes go anytime she is on screen. The way you move your eyes and hands and hips are things I find myself staring at whenever I'm with you then looking away because I feel self conscious or maybe... rude? I used to think that thing was grace but you're right it's different and more. There is grace in it but it is more than that. You are the most magic person I've ever seen in the flesh. I wish more people could see that. I wish you could feel people seeing that more.
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