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The Weight of Stigma By Tina Sawicki The only sound is the shuffling of feet and the birds crying above me The sun gazes down engulfing me in its warm splendour I dont feel the heat as I am being softly fanned by my admirers I am sprawled out in a full lounge chair with my folds of flesh bared for all to gaze upon admiringly The artists eyes light with adoration each time he glances up to fill his eyes with my beauty He is working tenderly preserving my splendour on canvas for the world to see I look up to see the thin almost gangly women around me with eyes filled with envy Then I am awake in a world different from my thoughts and imagination I am amongst people who stigmatize me as fat lazy ugly and undisciplined The world I dream of in the past beyond my reach I am a stigma in my time The term stigma has been around for decades Used against those who are different or stray from the norm Goffman in Stigma 1963 delves into the different resulting groups and behaviours from stigmatization Many of the concepts Goffman has developed are a large part of my life and those within it Living with a stigma can be a hurtful and complicated way of life to face Leaning against the fence in the backyard of my childhood home I longingly cried out to my sister on her way to school that I wanted to go with her I wanted to go to school so badly I hated staying at home while she was allowed to go into the unknown world Little to my knowledge did I realize that going to school would begin my stigma career I was different from everyone else this I did not know I found this out when I began school as a child Goffman
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