"cant you just let that one character be straight?”
girls don’t want boys girls want a better storyline for lydia martin
A pretty little talking bird, repeating all the pretty little words they taught you to recite. (for Maria)
okay first of all!!!! guess what!!!!! thin privilege is real, it’s present, and it HURTS. we live in a world literally made for the thin, and that’s privilege.
please consider and truly think about the following:
Stigma and privilege exist regardless of whether we, personally, experience them. And though I’m sorry thin people get shit for their weight — that’s wrong, and contemptible — it doesn’t obviate thin privilege or fat stigma.
Thin privilege systematically reduces each of us to our dress size, hip measurement, and waist size, then grants favors, opportunities, or simple lack of punishment when the numbers are low enough.
There are two things to address here. The first is that being told to go eat a sandwich or being forced to take in a baggy pair of pants is not oppression. Privilege is institutional; it doesn’t always resolve to the individual level. Privileged people have problems. They might even experience some of the same problems oppressed people have. But in no way do they experience the oppression of the underprivileged.
Secondly, thin shaming is in no way comparable to what fat people go through. Fat people get policed at an entirely different level. There are fat taxes in the name of ‘reducing obesity.’ There are whole media campigans that only have to do with the elimination of those without the ideal “thin” body type. We never see ourselves in the media, unless we are either portrayed as a joke or our entire storyline revolves around our weight. Fat children are ritually abused by their parents and doctors, the people they’re supposed to be able to trust before anyone else in the world, forced on diets, sent to fat camps. What about shopping while fat? Sure, something might be baggy on you, but at least you can still cover yourself. Fat people can’t make too-small clothes bigger.
Everywhere, all over the place, people are talking about thin hurt feelings. Thin love. Thin hopes and aspirations. Thin success and failure. Everywhere else you’re the lead character in all the stories worth reading or watching. That is thin privilege.
Important self reminder because I really need this right now: I am strong, simply for surviving. I am enough, simply for being. I must not back down, I must fight.