Chances are you’ve used Facebook’s ‘How are you feeling?’ status bar – the one that lets you add an emotion and an emoji to your status update. Recently, one ’emotion’ (and by ’emotion’, we mean not an emotion at all) that Facebook added was ‘Fat’. It came packaged with a puffy, red-cheeked, double-chinned emoji. As one of the 100 pre-loaded feelings, it seemed that Facebook assumed that ‘fat’ is something you should feel on the regular.
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Non-profit organisation, Endangered Bodies, started a petition asking Facebook to remove the fat option because, as they rightfully point out, ‘fat is not a feeling’. They claimed it body shamed the users.
Thankfully, Facebook has removed the fat feeling. Now, if you start to type feelings beginning with an F, you’ll get fabulous and fantastic. The puffy emoji is still there, only now it’s the corresponding image to the feeling ‘stuffed’.
Hmm. Close call, Facebook, but you’re not off the hook.
While we’re happy that the ‘Fat’ feeling has been replaced, other harmful feelings remain including Ugly and Gross.
Not sure these are actual feelings or just reactions to the way other people judge what we look like. But they certainly won’t make us love ourselves and our bodies more.