Recently I was reading a zine for review and came across some obvious anti-fat statements. (I hesitate to use the word "hate," but perhaps "phobia" would not be too strong.) The statements were directed at the writer herself and were not blanket anti-fat statements about other people, but I'm of the mindset that if people think being fat is disgusting for themselves, they probably don't think my fat looks charming on me. I know that the author was writing about her own issues and not particularly about me, but it was quite startling and disheartening because the weight in question was almost exactly what I weigh.
I wasn't sure what to do. I considered giving a "fat phobia" warning in my review, which I ultimately didn't due to word count constraints. I did write the zinester a letter, about two months after I read the zine, after my got my temper under control. I just mailed the letter yesterday, so I don't know how (or if) the writer will reply.
I wonder what other folks do when they are innocently reading a zine and POW! I expect the mass media to say and imply shitting things about my body, but I'd like to pretend people who do zines are better than that. And of course, I understand that we all have the right to say whatever we want in our zines, but what happens when that whatever we say is hurtful to other people?