Great, Male Jurors Don't Trust Fat Women

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Thin people are more likely to get away with murder, or at least white-collar crimes, according to a new study. A group of Yale psychologists asked a few hundred people to pretend they were jurors deciding whether four different (images of) people — one big guy, one thin guy, one large woman, one thin woman — were guilty of check fraud.

Female participants didn't stereotype based on weight. But men — especially lean men — sure did. According to Slate's Katy Waldman:

Not only did the male pretend jurors prove "significantly more likely" to find the obese female defendants-rather than the slim ones-guilty, but the trim male participants were worst of all, frequently labeling the fat women "repeat offenders" with "awareness" of their crimes. And because the effect disappeared when the photographs depicted a man, the hypothesis that subjects were simply layering class-based assumptions-such as "poor people are more often overweight" and "poor people commit more crime"-on top of one another falls a bit short. (On the other hand, as one of the researchers, Dr. Natasha Schvey, explained to me over the phone, fat women are more likely to be perceived as coming from lower socioeconomic backgrounds than fat men. Somehow I don't find that consoling.)


We wonder what would've happened if the pseudo-accused were male?


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Fatties generally *are* lazy people who pass blame on to others, so it's not unreasonable that people with limited information will assume a fat person is less trustworthy than a non-fat person.

So many fat people pretend to be following a strict diet and act like they're cursed with being fat. But in reality they eat extremely unhealthily when nobody is watching. Like some obese chick will eat tomatoes and toast at lunch in the break room, but when I pass her desk I'll spot a giant bag of candy bars in her half-open drawer. Fat people also tend to be ignorant or delusional. They'll brag about their latest effort at exercise, which usually involves "walking more." Yes, like walking up 2 flights of stairs every day is going to undo the tub of ice cream right before bed.

Nobody's perfect, but there seems to be a "fat psychology" that really irks a lot of people (and is only compounded by the obnoxious fat apologism that is so in vogue lately). Fatties, I hate to break it to you, but every non-fat person judges you. This is the simple reality. We all assume you have serious personal failings.

It's disgusting. Stop blaming others.

And women, please stop acting like the standards to which you are held are so much more burdensome than those to which men are held. You come off like a bratty teenager when you do this.