I don't watch MTV, but this particular episode has me rethinking that. I'm wondering if they are going spin this into another one of those "she's nuts to think fat chicks are acceptable" shows, or are they actually going to let it be as fat-positive as it should be?
She became a "fat activist" and created the Body Beautiful Project, a new club at Witt that promotes size acceptance. With 25 members, the club is pushing for bigger desks on campus and would like to host an all-sizes fashion show.
Jessica Patton sounds like an awesome person to me and deserves to have this segment of the show treat her with respect, but I'm not counting on it. I do like what her college's director of multicultural student programs had to say though.
It's a natural fit at a liberal arts college, according to Forest Wortham, director of multicultural student programs.
"We have a group of young people that are taking a look at what's out there and they're not going to accept it," he said. "They're stepping back and saying they're going to be their own person."
I don't know how big this college is, but 25 members seems to be a pretty good start on getting the word out that size is just a number and not indicative of a person's worth or beauty. I think more colleges need Body Beautiful Project clubs on campus.