From a recent Huffington Post article. (link here)
A University of Iowa student says that a local bar wouldn’t let her dance on a platform because she was “not pretty enough” and “obviously pregnant,” despite expressing she was not, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.
Jordan Ramos, 21, describes herself as a plus-sized woman, but she never imagined her weight would become an issue at Union Bar, a downtown Iowa City establishment, where bouncers would deny her the option of dancing with her friends atop a small stage — twice.
Ramos visited the bar on March 3 and again on April 4 and experienced the same discrimination both times, she said. The second time, a bouncer allegedly told her she couldn’t dance because she was “obviously pregnant.
“They knew I was not pregnant; it was their way of calling me fat without having to actually say it,” Ramos told ABC News.
And according to Ramos, other plus-sized women have had similar experiences.
The woman reached out to the Human Rights Commission in Iowa City, but according to the organization weight discrimination isn’t illegal, ABC News reports.
But that’s not stopping Ramos from taking a stand for herself and others.
“I understand that obesity is unhealthy, and I’m not condoning it,” she told the Daily Iowan. “What I am trying to do is say that we are all human beings, and we all deserve to be treated equally.”
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reached out to George Wittgraf, the owner of Union Bar, who said he was not familiar with the situation but disapproved of the employee’s alleged behavior.
Nevertheless, Ramos is planning a rally in front Union Bar on May 4, where she says she hopes to ensure the bar not only makes a formal commitment to prohibit any form of discrimination in the future, but issues an apology to anyone who’s received sub-par treatment in the past, the Daily Iowan reports.
Okay, so let’s take a quick look here. College girl gets drunk, wants to get up on a bar and make a fool of herself along with her friends, and because the bar prevented her from doing so, feels that her rights to be foolish have been violated.
I consider myself a fat activist, at the very least an advocate. I have a pretty good idea of what fat discrimination looks like. My girl has been victim of it, as has my ex wife.
THIS does not look like discrimination to me. Did the staff treat her shitty?? Sure, but illegally? Now, had she not been allowed admission into the bar, I would be among the first to show up at her rally in support. Nope………they let her in. I think this is the fundamental issue, and the reason why NAAFA and the other activist groups aren’t giving this coverage. That, and the fact that while weight discrimination IS ILLEGAL (sorry Iowa Human Rights Commission, you will find out that it IS after a few real lawsuits), it’s not discriminatory to prevent inebriated people from dancing on someone else’s property.
Jordan, you may want to head out to one of the BBW events in Chicago some time soon. While they may not have a bar you can dance on there either, at least you won’t have to maintain the indignance over being treated so poorly, and only then might you understand what size acceptance really means.