Yesterday I had yet another run in with "the general public" that left me feeling thoroughly shit about myself. Now, if this had been a one-off then I could (possibly) have brushed it off and moved on. However, this particular encounter pushed me past the half dozen point in the past couple of months and can, in no sense, be written off as an aberration. I am fat. I am not "make a documentary about me" fat - I am just fat. I don't need an extra plane seat; someone of a normal size can comfortably sit next to me on a bus; I even buy clothes from *gasp* a 'normal' high street store from time to time. But lets imagine for a minute that I am the fattest person in the world - what on earth makes complete strangers feel entitled to pass comment on the contents of my grocery basket, shout at me in the street that I need to 'eat a few more salads', s****** with their companions - well within earshot - about how disgusting I am? And I am not talking about teenagers (not that that wouldn't be unpleasant as well) I am talking about men. Specifically men appearing to be somewhere in the decade between 25 and 35. This, however, is not just a personal rant (Though undeniably fueled by my personal experiences). When national newspapers (Daily Mail, so "newspaper") are publishing things like this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...d-summer-LINDA-KELSEY-takes-no-prisoners.html where this particular 'journalist' is horrified that a group of plus sized girls had the barefaced audacity to go out in public in clothes they liked and actually appear to be having fun, rather than hiding away all summer covered up in neck to ankle sackcloth and sparing the poor general public from the horror of having to encounter them in the street, is it really surprising that certain people feel entitled and justified in what can only be described as real life public trolling? Maybe this is not a UK problem - maybe the rest of the world is equally f*cking rude - I don't know having not spent enough time in any other country. But my experience of men in my age demographic in this country suggests that the very vast majority of them buy into the media concept of how a woman "should look" and seem not to understand the concept of airbrushing. Women should be thin and toned, "curves" means a nice arse and big boobs (while still having a tiny waist and washboard abs of course) and they need to look perfect while "not wearing too much makeup". Is this a UK problem? Are AUS, US and other places just as bad?