It’s rare that I publish more than one blog in a week, but I felt compelled to write this evening after reading a Huffington Post article earlier in the day.
I know I’ve talked about the wrong people representing the size acceptance community, or fat people in general in other blogs like No One Speaks For Me!, but I have to speak out today about Pauline Potter, the latest heat seeking missle, who USES her fat to gain fame.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Potter, let me give you some background. Pauline Potter has lived a “feedee” lifestyle for some time. That lifestyle brought her to have her own YAHOO group dedicated to feeding and weight gain. As she gained, she made the decision to capitalize on her new girth by affiliating herself with a BBW paysite, and so Paulee Bombshell was born!
The animated gif shown above was posted on her Bombshells site in October of 2010. Now, while I know there’s good money in BBW porn and I know that the feeder community certainly wanted to be supportive of her, the money that she thought she made must not have poured in at the rate that would satisfy her.
Why do I say that? Well, because less than a year later (September of 2011), Ms. Potter again went national, abandoning the feeder community to tell the world that “she needs help”. Here’s a link to one of the stories that covered her “plight”: http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/09/worlds-heaviest-woman-i-need-help
And so, the great Dr. Phil (not me, the GREATER Dr. Phil) decided that she was enough of a spectacle to make her a guest on his show. Here’s a clip from that train wreck:
Always eager to help, and to show the world what a good guy he is, Dr. Phil offered to put Pauline in a program with a group called Bistro MD, a food supplier whose mantra is the following:
“Bistro MD is like having a chef, dietitian and a weight management physician right in your kitchen. Our meals are cooked by our chefs and are made with real, quality ingredients. Every recipe is prepared to Dr. Cederquist’s strict nutritional guidelines to ensure that it contains the proper nutritional balance. Plus we offer free dietitian support to help you reach your weight loss goals.”
In November of 2011, Dr. Phil recommended Pauline to the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care. The recommendation is right on the front of their website:
“Calling Dr. Khalili a “world class expert” on obesity, Dr. Phil invited Dr. Khalili and Misti Gueron, Khalili Center Registered Dietitian, to speak to candidly to show guest, Pauline Potter, the new Guinness Record Holder-Largest Living Woman, about the possible deadly effects of her weight and the Khalili Center’s willingness to help her take steps to a healthier life.”
Well, it’s been almost 8 months since we heard from Ms. Potter. With all of this help, one would assume that she’d lost over 100 lbs. In fact, she HAS, but not because of the assistance from any of the resources that I’ve noted above. Pauline has lost 98 pounds thanks to:
Yes, that’s right……she lost 98 pounds thanks to sex!!!
We all like good sex, right? It feels REEEEEEEEEEEALLLLLY good (usually), there’s an emotional (and spiritual) release for some, and it burns calories! So, what’s wrong with her giving away her diet secrets????
A couple of things, really. First, while she claims she’s lost it due to sex, if her caloric intake has remained the same as she’s claimed, even mad donkey sex won’t burn enough calories to cause a weight loss. Let’s say that it did, though, and give Paulee the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t her man, who she claims does the lion’s share of the work, lose a significant amount of weight as well? That would be dangerous, since he’s weighed about 140 pounds during the entire time that they have been together. By now he’d weigh about 37 pounds, and they’d be prying him out of her butt crack……but hey, what a way to go!
Most important on the wrongness scale is simply the idea of appearing in the news to discuss your sex life. Maybe it’s me, but I’ve never found a need to broadcast my sex life with the rest of the world.
See, for me the issue here has nothing to do with fat at all. The issue is stupidity to the nth power and Pauline Potter is at the head of the class. Don’t worry, her hubby Alex is right behind her (not just literally) in making idiotic comments:
“It’s really dangerous for us to have sex because at any moment the bed could collapse and one or both of us could be seriously injured or even killed from the impact,”
I know some people disagree with this, but I dread the thought of a fat person walking by someone who has encountered Pauline Potter’s insanity either online, on TV, or in the news, and makes a judgment call about that fat person based on what they’ve heard or read about Pauline Potter. If you’re fat, this should be concerned as well, and Ms. Potter’s actions and words should outrage you far more than it does me. That is, unless you have your head in your ass and don’t think it affects you.
To that, all I can do is wish you well, and pray for you.
Well it appears that I’m not alone in my feelings. A fellow blogger from the community has also chimed in. Like I always say, don’t believe me, read others and learn: http://fiercefatties.com/2012/07/25/spectacle-not-spectacular/