I have never experienced a doctor dismissing my concerns with a “lose weight, feel great! And I can open an article with my measurements without fear of judgment. And as such, I have never experienced fat discrimination. I am writing this article from a privileged perspective; and 2. And I’m only thin anyway because I have an eating disorder, and trust me, that is not a privilege.” And I hear what you’re saying.
I am not here to damn, guilt, or embarrass thin people. Because it’s so easy to fall back on tired old excuses for why we’re not privileged – and I see this a lot when the topic of thin privilege is broached. But I think it’s time for us to look at these excuses (and how they don’t hold up in the grand scheme of things) a little more closely.
And so can the general attitudes and behaviors of others.
I’m not here to tell you that your personal grievances don’t matter.
And absolutely, it is problematic that people engage in making fun of thin bodies.
I wear size medium shirts, size seven jeans, and (in case you were wondering) size eight shoes.
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Let me be clear on two theories that explain how skinny-shaming is fundamentally different from fat-shaming: Have you ever heard the supposed-to-be-empowering phrase “Real Women Have Curves? Real women are such because they identify as women, curves or not. But these types of reclamations of fat pride wouldn’t need to exist if fat-shaming wasn’t a thing.
” What about the cringe-worthy assertion that “Only Dogs Want Bones? And referring to someone’s partner as a dog just because they like someone’s body is degrading. These types of phrases and attitudes were born of a need to say “I’m beautiful, too! And while you can argue that they’re misguided, they’re actually challenging fatphobia.
But if you've ever had dry, brittle nails that feel weak or break easily, you know how distressing it can be, because it's not just about the way your tips look.