So here's part 2. This is going to be 3(or more) parts all focusing on a different aspect.
This time I'm focusing on the definition of the community itself.
So most of the time, if you deal with any kind of fats you're considered to be in the 'weight gain community'. Now there are some fetish communities that border and sometimes coexist with the wg community, most notably inflation, pregnancy, and vore. They are somewhat related but clearly defined as their own communities. However, there doesn't exist a community for stuffing, belly play, public fatshaming, fat sex etc. It's all kind of lumped together and we call this whole thing the wg community.
The problem with this definition, is that I've realized that for a lot of people, weight gain is the only part of all these things that makes them tick, and likewise there are people who are into all kinds of fat related aspects of the fetish except the weight gain. Hence this kind of naming practice tends to create confusion and disappointment in a lot of people. There are lots of people for whom the girl going from x size to a bigger size is the deal breaker. It doesn't matter what size she is, as long as she gets BIGGER. There isn't a size too big because it's all about the progress of growing numbers. And unfortunately this is exactly what a 'wg community' implies. It's about weight gain.
Personally I'm more about the latter definition. I don't really care for weight gain that much, I can appreciate it of course but it's never EVER the defining part of what makes something hot for me. I'm kind of same when it comes to fat itself, I don't have attraction towards fat in itself, just the effect it has on making a belly bigger and rounder. I don't really care for bigger arms but I also don't mind them.
But I do love bellies. All sizes, really. I don't even consider myself a fat-fetishist, I'm pretty much just someone with a belly fetish. And fat has the effect of making bellies more pronounced so it kind of goes hand in hand. And once again, I love thick thighs and curvy girls in general, but it's not part of what defies the actual fetish for me. It's just very nice.
Of course this problem most often arises when discussing my comics. Sometimes when there's a steamy scene going on with lesbians kissing and fondling each other's bellies and you get that one guy who screams "WHERE IS THE WG???". And then there's that time when there is actual weight gain being portrayed by showing how clothes aren't fitting or something and the other guy chimes in "WHERE IS THE FORCE FEEDING?" and then when some girl is being called a fat pig for not fitting through the bathroom door, having gained so much weight, another guy comes in and yells "SO WHEN WILL THEY EAT AGAIN?"
It's like everyone has their idea of what the comic should be about, and they are kind of...right? Because we lump every fat-and-belly-related-thing into one big pile that's considered to be the same fetish.
But it isn't!
Of course, I'm into most of the things mentioned so my comics naturally have lots of these, but it's not just about weight gain, and it's not just about force feeding either etc. It's about things I have experienced and enjoy, and I hope people who are into those things enjoy it too. But it's impossible to find a definition for what kind of comic I'm making if the only word we have is a "wg comic".
I'm not the only example of course. There are projects like games and visual novels and stories and others, where the characters can indeed be really fat, but they are not getting any fatter throughout the game. And as mentioned earlier, this can be a deal breaker for a lot of people.
So what should we call it then? I personally just say "fats community" when I'm talking about this whole thing, just like I did in the journal title. I think everyone is free to call it what they want, but lumping everything together under the context of weight gain is misleading and undesired. So I think we as a community should better define what we are talking about. Not just us artists as to not disappoint our audience, but also so we don't expect everything to always be exactly what WE want.
And also to kink shame less. Seriously, inflation and whatnot is just as fucked up as we are. More about that on part 3.