A note on thin privilege…


So I shared this from one of the pages that I follow, earlier in the week. I had an incredibly frustrating conversation in the comments with someone who couldn’t see how privileged she is as a thin person in our society. I try to keep things as non-confrontational on my various pages as possible, but I think that is largely possible because the majority of my audience is amazingly sweet, supportive and nonjudgmental. This is a place for love and support, and I am blessed with a wonderful community of friends and customers here.

Anyway, as a bit of a public service announcement regarding privilege in general and thin privilege specifically, I thought I’d share this great article… Because, with how much most people I come in contact with (who are not obvious trolls) seem to grasp that it’s not okay to judge or attack people based on race, physical or mental ability, gender expression, sex, orientation, etc… Even otherwise-enlightened people are jumping onto this bandwagon of thinking it’s okay to participate in fat-shaming these days. And I really think that a lot of people who may be otherwise well-meaning may not quite understand what privilege is or how it works, so maybe this will help someone out there to be a more compassionate and sympathetic human being.

Here’s the article: http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/10/lets-talk-about-thin-privilege/.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. themysticphilosopher
    Dec 01, 2013 @ 15:41:57

    A person, place or thing cannot have privilege unless you give it to them. So if you give white males, straight womyn, and thin womyn privilege, you are thus affirming their status as such. However, if you simply ignore such notions and assert yourself a privileged individual and free yourself from the victim mentality, you will see that in the end neither of us have privilege, we all work for what we have in life.



    • Baubles & Blessings
      Dec 01, 2013 @ 16:02:05

      It is obvious to me from your comment here and the incredibly sexist views on your blog that you have no interest in an actual dialogue, and that you come from an incredibly privileged perspective. Only a privileged person who has no grasp of what it’s like to be disadvantaged would make this kind of sweeping statement about the lack of existence of something as insidious as privilege.



    • cheshirecatman
      Dec 01, 2013 @ 16:51:03

      mysticphilosopher, I have to ask, are you female? Are you white or other? Because you don’t seem to understand institutionalized privilege (be it male privilege, white privilege, thin privilege, etc.). Institutionalized privilege is not a matter of personal belief or attitude. Sure, we can all work for what we want, but it’s going to be easier for a thin white male to achieve his goals than for a large woman of color, for example. They can both work hard, in fact she may work harder, but he will be more likely to succeed. It’s not a belief; the stats back it up.



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