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128 pages, Paperback
First published May 21, 2020
“She wanted what everybody wants. Respect.”It’s no secret to anyone that fat people are rarely taken seriously in our society — it’s that completely undeserved stigma of being not good enough, lazy, weak-willed, unintelligent that hangs over those with BMIs out of socially accepted range. Meg Ellison takes showing it to a new level in “The Pill”, imagining what is very likely to happen if there’s an easy cure for being fat - a new weight loss pill that lets you shed all the extra pounds (and even the extra skin from all that weight loss) quickly and permanently. Even if you have a 10% chance to die. With even thin people taking the pill just so they would never run a risk of gaining weight. And the world would quickly make it impossible for fat people to continue to exist.
“One in ten kept dying. The average never improved, not in any corner of the globe. There were memorials for the famous and semifamous folks who took the gamble and lost. A congressman here and a comedian there. But everyone was so proud of them that they had died trying to better themselves that all the obituaries and eulogies had a weird, wistful tone to them. As if it was the next best thing to being thin. At least they didn’t have to live that fat life anymore.”