QUEER EYE WILL TALK ABOUT RACE, RELIGION AND GENDER–BUT NOT ABOUT CLASS

“If ‘Queer Eye’ is ‘more than a makeover’” doesn’t that mean that someone at some point should acknowledge the socioeconomic obstacles people face to changing their homes, appearance and lives? Walmart, the site of this couple’s meet cute, is notorious for low wages, poor labor conditions and actively working against unionization. In Georgia, where the show is filmed, 1 in 5 children are living in poverty. A U.N. report released last week concluded that with 40 million people living in poverty, the United States is the most unequal developed nation in the world.”

PART OF THE CHORUS: ON INTERDEPENDENCE AND INTERBEING

“We can easily take for granted both the ways we show up naturally and the ways others provide this care to us. We are interwoven into one another’s days so seamlessly. The tiny gestures of affection, the followup texts, the phone calls, all the ‘I love you’s, the ways we encourage one another’s dreams, the meals made, the hosting in our homes, the times we share podcasts or shows or songs we know the other would love. Community is built through time and attention.” 

LETTING OURSELVES GO, EVEN NOW THAT WE’RE IN PUBLIC AGAIN

“Diet culture teaches us that fat bodies are inadequate: symptoms of lazy minds, too big and too much, a sign that someone has given up and let go. The weird thing is that I have let go, but not in the way they think. I’ve let go of diet culture’s death grip on my mind and soul. I’ve let go of the delusion that what I put into my mouth is anyone’s business but my own. I’ve let go of disordered thoughts around eating and exercise. I’ve let go of the falsehood that says that in order to be loved or attract mates, my thighs must be small and my belly flat.”

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