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‘Traveling As A Fat Person’: Woman Highlights The Problems That Skinny People Probably Never Think Of
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People, Social Issues1 year ago

‘Traveling As A Fat Person’: Woman Highlights The Problems That Skinny People Probably Never Think Of

Meet Mary Fran Donnelly, a bubbly 27-year-old teacher and body positivity advocate who won the hearts of the internet with her fun and lighthearted TikTok videos. She covers anything from dealing with toxic friends to learning to love your body the way it is, and handling fatphobic remarks, making her content all too important in a society that’s still hostile to all bodies, shapes and sizes.

Recently Mary started a video series titled “Traveling as a Fat Person” where she revealed how the hotel she stayed in during a family vacation was not meant for plus-size guests.

From super small towels that don’t cover much to the tiny toilet and even tinier chair, Mary’s humorous demonstration amassed millions of views. The videos reveal just how the hotel industry is far from ready to cater to everyone, and you wonder how we are all still okay with this.

Body positivity advocate Mary Fran has been sharing humorous videos on TikTok that amass millions of views

@itsmaryfranBecause Tik Tok thinks I’m bullying MYSELF, here’s the re-upload for the besties♬ original sound – Mary Fran

While on a family vacation, Mary posted a couple of humorous videos demonstrating just how unsuitable the hotel was for plus-size guests

While on vacation with her family, Mary realized just how absurd the layout of their hotel bathroom really was. But it was just the beginning, as she demonstrated all the flawed design and objects that were most likely chosen without plus-size people in mind.

@itsmaryfranTraveling as a Fat Person Episode 2♬ original sound – Mary Fran

Mary’s incredible sense of humor and bubbly personality made the tour video go viral with millions of views. However, as fun as it may look, it’s not always easy to cope with such uncomfortable situations, Mary said in an interview with Buzzfeed.

“I cope through humor… I was making light of a situation that is a very real stress for fat, plus-size people… my sister and I could only laugh at how absurd it was.” In reality, the sizes of things like the towels, toilet, and chairs would be way too small for most of us.

In her recent stories on Instagram, Mary made a confession to her followers: “And that’s all to say that this girl is far from being 100% confident. That while I have major moments of ‘eff the haters,’ I also have such real moments where I listen to the cruelty and believe it in a tiny way. Because my entire life and existence has been contingent on my feeling worthless in a world that doesn’t like me. That my voice doesn’t matter because I’m plus-sized.”

“So this is a reminder for me,” she continued: “You deserve the attention you’re getting. You’re worthy of the support and love that is being given. You are more than just skin and bones, you have value. Your voice and what you have to say is important.”

Image credits: itsmaryfran

Mary’s powerful statement resonated with many people struggling there in a society governed by seemingly perfect looks and unattainable beauty standards. Her voice offers a fresh breath of air reminding us that we all are worthy of love, attention, support and so much more.

Mary added that the same flaws happen in other hotels too, so she copes with a smashing sense of humor

And this is what people had to comment

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm all for body positivity, and having been both light and heavy a few times, I know the struggle myself. However, when you're different, you can't expect the world to accommodate for you, unless specified. However, it would be better indeed, if more places catered to the ones who need it. Especially when there's many people who need these things.

Heather A
Community Member
1 year ago

Humour is a way to cope with tough feelings- that's all this lady was doing, just trying to find humour in an uncomfortable situation. I would never expect the world to change around me or accommodate me in my larger body but I expect common decency and respect. My body does not make me any less valuable as a human being. Also, not all people with larger bodies are unhealthy. I for example am in perfect health. I walk many places, I have a very active and busy job and I see my doctor regularly with zero issues. Would you know that from looking at me? Maybe not but the point is that you have no idea so keep your health commentary to yourself. This woman is allowed to feel annoyed by things just as much as a thin person is allowed to feel annoyed by things. Lets not make this an "obesity kills" witch hunt.

Heather A
Community Member
1 year ago

Consider the following: not everyone who is fat chooses to be so. There are many invisible illnesses people are fighting. I for example have Lipedema (NOT lymphodema, two totally different things). Basically my body creates fat cells at rapid rates in my legs, arms and hips and I can't stop it. The only (temporary) cure is liposuction which I am very uncomfortable with. Other people have ED's, mental illnesses, PCOS etc. And as a result of what they have, they struggle with their weight. Be a kind person and work towards extending empathy to other people. You don't know the impact one kind word or even a smile can have on another person.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

Physical disabilities can also contribute to the same problems ----- due to their PAIN. They need supoprt devices these rooms won't accommodate except coming in the front door. And, wow, I am sorry you got stuck with lipedema. That one hit my cousin for no reason we know, and she can't afford the lipo, and just cries so hard. I send you supportive thoughts.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm all for body positivity, and having been both light and heavy a few times, I know the struggle myself. However, when you're different, you can't expect the world to accommodate for you, unless specified. However, it would be better indeed, if more places catered to the ones who need it. Especially when there's many people who need these things.

Heather A
Community Member
1 year ago

Humour is a way to cope with tough feelings- that's all this lady was doing, just trying to find humour in an uncomfortable situation. I would never expect the world to change around me or accommodate me in my larger body but I expect common decency and respect. My body does not make me any less valuable as a human being. Also, not all people with larger bodies are unhealthy. I for example am in perfect health. I walk many places, I have a very active and busy job and I see my doctor regularly with zero issues. Would you know that from looking at me? Maybe not but the point is that you have no idea so keep your health commentary to yourself. This woman is allowed to feel annoyed by things just as much as a thin person is allowed to feel annoyed by things. Lets not make this an "obesity kills" witch hunt.

Heather A
Community Member
1 year ago

Consider the following: not everyone who is fat chooses to be so. There are many invisible illnesses people are fighting. I for example have Lipedema (NOT lymphodema, two totally different things). Basically my body creates fat cells at rapid rates in my legs, arms and hips and I can't stop it. The only (temporary) cure is liposuction which I am very uncomfortable with. Other people have ED's, mental illnesses, PCOS etc. And as a result of what they have, they struggle with their weight. Be a kind person and work towards extending empathy to other people. You don't know the impact one kind word or even a smile can have on another person.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

Physical disabilities can also contribute to the same problems ----- due to their PAIN. They need supoprt devices these rooms won't accommodate except coming in the front door. And, wow, I am sorry you got stuck with lipedema. That one hit my cousin for no reason we know, and she can't afford the lipo, and just cries so hard. I send you supportive thoughts.

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