The Observer has an interview today with obsessive anti-obesity campaigner MeMe Roth, and what a joy it is to read (not).

Now I realise that Roth, just like Not-Dr Gillian McKeith , is probably best off ignored with her odious fat-shaming views and her fanatical preoccupation with what other people feed their kids, but I couldn’t let this gem pass without comment:

The defence has been made in the case of sex criminals that there is pleasure on the part of the victim. The same is true with what we’re doing with food. We may abuse our bodies with food, but it’s incredibly pleasurable. From a food marketer’s point of view, when your quote unquote victim is so willing and enjoying of the process, who’s fighting back?

What? Seriously, what the fuck? Did she really just say that?

And does it sound familiar?

How about this from last year’s BNP London Assembly candidate Nicholas Eriksen:

To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting that force-feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence.

What the hell is it with the food and rape analogies? And what the hell is it with the rape = pleasure shtick?

A note to MeMe. The fact that some women have been known to orgasm during rape does not mean they found the rape itself pleasurable in any way, shape or form. An orgasm is a physical response to stimulation, not an emotional one. And food abuse (whatever that is) is not the same as, or even remotely comparable to, sexual abuse.


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