On my drive to work I usually listen to a morning radio show. Having interned and worked at a station for years, I love listing to radio and finding new stations. This morning I was listening to The Woody Show, which I listen to a fairly regular basis. I had the “opportunity” to hear the segment “Fat Chick/Skinny Chick”.
In this segment they got a random listener on the phone and had 3 minutes to ask her what ever they wanted. At the end of the 3 minutes they had to guess whether she was fat or skinny solely based off her answers and her voice. Some of the questions they asked were:
- How many pairs of jeans to you own?
- Do you have pets?
- iPhone or Android?
- Are you married? If so, how long?
- Have you gone to the grocery store in sweats?
- Have you ever been the other woman?
This is just a compacted list of some of the questions they asked, the most awkward were a bit nc17 so I will leave you to listen to those awkward questions on your own, if you dare. I found this really interesting. As a current fat person I am always judging my self, it kind of just comes automatically. It was very intriguing to hear and honestly, I am more fascinated by it than offended. Yes the segment is awkward, almost to the point of cringe-worthy when they ask some very personal questions you wouldn’t ask your best friend. I also found it enlightening. These random facts helped form their opinion of this woman and it got me thinking about how I judge people on seemingly random things, and how that judgement could possibly effect that person.
Some of the things that made 3 of the hosts classify her as fat were; she has multiple pairs of jeans “in order to accommodate a fluctuating weight”, she sounded winded at the beginning of the call, she has pet lizards, has been married for 11 years and has been the other woman in a relationship. And the few “skinny” classifications were; that she does pilates, she prefers to cook rather than bake and she drinks regular soda. These truly are random facts, but together they formed the opinion of these radio hosts. I am grateful I listened to this segment because it caused me to evaluate my self and how I judge people. But it is truly a pointless segment that encourages stereotyping and negative self judgment.
I don’t ever want to cause another person to feel bad or insecure because I know what it is like on the receiving end of that. Maybe I am reading more into this than I should or was intended. I will leave a link to the podcast below the segment is at 1:22:00.
What do you think? Do you judge people without knowing it? Is there anything you wish you wouldn’t be judged on?
See you on Monday!