Nanotechnology is Fat-shaming

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Posted on: November 28, 2018

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The University of Waterloo has made good on its pledge to be  more welcoming and positive towards all body types by rebranding “Nanotechnology Engineering” as “Technology Engineering”. This move was hailed as innovative and “a step in the right direction” by both students and staff.

“The university can’t claim to be a body positive space while simultaneously devoting an entire stream of engineering only to nano-sized bodies,” said Pang Gongcheng, a 4A Technology Engineer. “Calling a program ‘Nano-Engineering’ sends a clear message to macromolecules, agglomerates and bulk materials that they are unwelcome and undervalued.”

“As a university and as a community, it is important that we take proactive measures to combat body-shaming,” Gongcheng continued. “It has been scientifically demonstrated that size-based discrimination increases stress, strain and fatigue.”

From hereon, Technology Engineering students will be taught to be body positive and inclusive by welcoming particulates of all shapes and sizes into their bodies. “This is a really exciting change!” gushed You Aizheng, another Technology Engineering student. “Before, we were only able to test the effects of carcinogenic carbon nanotubes. This move will help give Technology Engineering students experience with a diverse array of cancers!”

The move comes after continual complaints that the University of Waterloo had failed to create a safe space for all bodies.

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