I would say that it’s a probability that if you have to advertise online that you are “fit and trim,” you probably aren’t. However, if you actually are, do you know that you’re getting hidden and unwarranted advantages due to “thin privilege?” The latest enemy, according to a new application of social justice, are people that are in shape. Those evil people; that watch what they eat, and probably even exercise, are achieving an unfair advantage over those that don’t. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the “Thin Privilege” Tumblr page that has been put up to explain how the healthy are evil…
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.
When you have thin privilege it doesn’t mean that your individual experience of being thin is necessarily positive, or that you haven’t been called names or discriminated against. It also doesn’t mean that every single fat person feels stigma as keenly as another. Some fat people might have grown up with supportive families in supportive environments and never encountered the kinds of fat stigma other people encounter.
Thin privilege is a social phenomenon that exists as a function of fat stigma, and it exists regardless of someone’s personal experience being thin or fat. Fat stigma is real, pervasive, and forceful. It invades entertainment, science, news reporting, advertising, sports, business, family planning (like adoption and fertility treatments and being called an abusive parent by virtue of you or your child being fat), education, dating/love/sex/marriage, fiction, travel, academia…. and on and on and on.
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.
Further, thin privilege is not about eating disorders. ‘Thin’ is the social state of thinness, the state of being seen and/or physically accepted as not fat. There is no consideration here why someone is fat or not fat.
If you are thin, you are the problem, and you are receiving unfair treatment! You #$@& jerks, you!
And, if people have a tendency to prefer healthy people in friendship/courtship. or the like, then everyone else has the problem, apparently.
Statistically, being overweight, or simply being unhealthy is incontrovertibly linked to higher rates of many nasty diseases, and shortened life due to those nasty diseases. Unlike the “settled science” of
global cooling global warming climate change the Big Lie, the actual science of health regarding obesity really is settled. However, that seems to be of no concern for the author…
Let me make it completely clear from the outset that I do not believe ‘health,’ however defined, is a reasonable measure to determine whether or not someone deserves respect, civil rights, and fair treatment. If you have a problem with how health markets apportion your premiums or where your taxes go, then by all means, rage against the system. But do not think for a minute your assholish behavior towards people you imagine use more than their ‘fair share’ is justified.
In fact, I’ll go further and state that in my opinion the modern conception of ‘health’ is bullshit. It’s an ever-changing, largely arbitrary definition that seems to serve a single purpose: to blame modern ills on so-called ‘unhealthy’ people then define so-called ‘unhealthy’ people as unpopular social ‘deviants’ like fat people, poor people, and the disabled. The philosophy of vaunting the modern notion of ‘health’ to some kind of societal/moral imperative is called healthism.
Perhaps there are those of you who ask: What about when someone’s so fat it’s medically unhealthy, shouldn’t you tell them to lose weight, out of friendly/familial concern? – Hell no.
You know, I really don’t go into appearance all that much. Most of the people I communicate on line, I’ve never met or seen. Out of all the contributors here at the CH 2.0 over the years, the only two I’ve ever met are Dr. Dave/Snarky Basterd, and John Carey. So, needless to say, I don’t judge by appearance, or waist size, in whose work goes on these pages. But, when I read what this person is saying, I think see her saying…
Don’t bother putting the donut box down, so what if you croak?
Also, if you are sniffing that the writer is an overweight person that is blaming all of her woes on others, you have that right.
When I was a child in primary school, I was very short and very chubby. By the time my classmates and I turned nine or ten years old, my physique suddenly became the topic of really nasty jokes and bullying. Apparently this was just ‘fun’ and ‘having a laugh’, even though some of the things I was told cut me up so badly that I still struggle with them nearly twenty years later.
One of the worst incidents, which I happened to remember today (seemingly for no reason) was in a special advanced reading group that I was placed in. Because we were trusted, myself and the other students were allowed to sit unsupervised in the library and read our assigned books plus anything we might like from the shelves. Instead, we used to sit in a circle and talk. I thought everyone there was my friend until this boy called Brendan started making jokes about how fat I was. He told me that no one could sit on my lap without being sucked in, and joked that I would die soon from a heart attack. What made it worse is that he kept finishing his attack by saying ‘I’m just joking, that’s cool, right?’ and then carrying on without waiting for an answer. My close female friends were there too and they just laughed along because somehow Brendan saying he was just kidding make it all totally above board.
I got my first gray hair at age 16. I consequently look a tad bit older than my actual age. I don’t bother to hide it, nor do I blame people that don’t have gray hair for it. Because that is how I am. I could dye it. Is that a poor comparison? Perhaps. My hair color doesn’t increase my risk of diabetes, or heart attack and stroke. Then again, the author over at “Thin Privilege” would likely accuse me of being a “healthist.”
When I first saw the “Thin Privilege” page, I thought it was a well-crafted hoax. After looking at the large amount of content over there, I’m thinking that the author of “Thin Privilege” is a sad person that has faced adversity. And, rather than taking a good hard look within, and making thoughtful social commentary, they blame and project their sense of loathing onto others. Sometimes, we have to look at ourselves, and the world, and make an accurate assessment as to what needs to change. Sometimes, the answer is “me.” The Thin Privilege author seems to want only the world to change.
Oh, and the author discusses going for birth control in an unquoted post, hence my assumption that she is a she.