May 2, 2008
"It's just not good form to gripe about how fat you are to someone who has more to lose than you do. Quite simply, you'll be outfatted."
"The person listening to you will roll her eyes, thinking, If you think you're gross, I can only imagine what you think of me. And she'll gradually stop returning your phone calls. So you'll learn to be more tactful in your complaints. "God, I'm terribly disgusting ... for me." At least "for me" illustrates that you have some perspective. Then you'll add, "You know, I can't fit into any of my clothes." And she will know, all too well. She'll also think you spend too much of your energy worrying. Obsessed, she'll think. I'd rather be fat than all consumed with what I look like. "I'd rather be fat than" is a game she knows by heart. She's played every outcome of it in her head. And it seems that vapid, dumb, and ugly always outweigh fat in the undesirable category. At least I'm not ugly. I can always lose weight. You'll always be dumb." - Stephanie Klein in Moose.