Thin privilege is not having to choose a more intrusive, long term type of contraception because your doctors threaten to stop prescribing you the contraceptive pill if you don’t lose weight.
I’ve been on the contraceptive pill for roughly five years. I was used to the standard procedure - ask for a prescription, be weighed, have your blood pressure taken, get the prescription. When I changed doctors a year ago, they started making a big deal about my weight, and how the pill could cause blood clots, heart attacks etc if I didn’t lose it. I’m not an unhealthy person-apart from asthma, which I’ve had since I was 5 and thin, there’s nothing wrong with me, and in all the years I’ve taken the pill I’ve not even experienced a changed blood pressure. What they based this on was an absolute mystery to me.
I later found out that the same doctors had never weighed my thin friends on their appointments to get the pill, nor had any other doctor they’d seen about it.
Eventually, I’d had enough of being emotionally destroyed at these appointments yet receiving no actual, practical advice on how they expected me to lose weight, and went for a contraceptive implant so that IF I decide to lose weight, I can do it in a healthy way, on my own time, away from the pressurising of bullshitters like that.
My weight has nothing to do with neither my health nor my choice of contraception.
White privilege is getting told by someone that they “understand” how hard it is being a queer black male in Asia, since it’s also been “really hard” as a “straight white female.”
White privilege is thinking that just since white males have it better than you, that you can fully understand and commiserate with the struggles of POC.
Submission from: http://blackinasia.tumblr.com
Thin privilege is being able to state deeply entrenched cultural bigotry as “fact” and be supported in perpetuating lies. It is never researching information or questioning supposed “facts” because you know you will be supported by most people in these statements.
Thin privilege is being so lazy as to never, ever question why fat is so demonised in mainstream society.
Thin privilege is when your admiration of other peoples style isn’t assumed to be jealousy of their weight.
I was recently on a make-over show, and was asked how felt my style compared to my friends - I said that I admired how they could always pull together a stylish look for a party, whereas I generally don’t know what I am doing with my clothes - when the stylist retold the story, she said that I “felt left out when [my] skinny friends dressed up”. Nothing I had said had implied how my weight compared to theirs, and how I felt about that - but of course, someone who’s style is admirable must be thin, and obviously, fat people feel left out. /sarcasm
Thin privilege is the tagline
“I’m me again”
on the Weightwatchers adverts. As if fat people are not living up to their full potential; as if they’re less than everyone else because they’re fat; as if they’re sub-human
uh I hate these commercials. Not only dehumanizing but also is referencing the idea that fat bodies are always the after of “bad lifestyle choices,” thus a person returns to what is considered “normal.” Totally othering and continuing the context of fat bodies being abnormal / pathologized.
Relative thin privilege is falling firmly into the “fat” category, but on the smaller (US size 16) end and never even thinking (never NEEDING to think) of how hard it is for women who are above a size 24, the max size at many “plus size” stores.
Thin privilege is being fat, but being able to buy your clothes in a brick and mortar store with ease.
Thin Privilege is not having a dangerous, life-altering, possibly fatal surgery recommended to you by your doctor as a way to lose weight and “get healthy” even though we still don’t know if gastric bypass surgery has any long term health benefits and the surgery itself can (and very often does) lead to painful complications and death.
Al Roker’s very brave and candid “shart confession” is being taken out of context as some kind of hilarious mishap, but it should draw our attention to the reality that doctors often recommend gastric bypass surgery to patients even though the surgery could basically take away their quality of life or quite possibly kill them. I think we should get real about the dangers of gastric bypass surgery and stop treating fat people like they are a disease that needs to be cured by any means necessary and at any expense.
And just so we’re clear, complications from gastric bypass surgery include adhesions and polyps, massive scar tissue, advanced aging, anemia, arthritis, blackouts/fainting, bloating, body secretions (odor like rotten meat), bowel/fecal impaction, cancer (of the stomach, esophagus, pancreas, and bowel), chest pain from vomiting, circulation impairment, cold intolerance, constipation, depression, diarrhea, digestive impairment due to heavy mucus, digestive irregularities, diverticulitis, drainage problems at incision, early onset of diabetes, early onset of hypertension, electrolyte imbalance, erosion of tooth enamel, excessive dry skin, excessive stomach acid, esophageal contractions, esophageal erosion and scarring, feeling ill, gallbladder distress, gynecological complications, hair loss, hemorrhoids, hernia, hormone imbalances, impaired mobility, infection from leakage into body cavities (peritonitis), infertility, intestinal atrophy, intestinal gas, involuntary anorexia and that isn’t even the entire list.
I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer even a fraction of these “complications” as the result of seeking to attain a dangerously impossible “standard of beauty” or “health benefits” sold to them by a doctor.
(I totally stole that list from this Jezebel article)
Dear Offended Former Follower:
It is not the marginalized persons’ job to speak of their experiences and truths in ways that makes their oppressors or their power structures comfortable and happy. Anger, towards oppressors, towards the shame and hatred leveled at us for simple existing while fat, towards the bullies who tear us apart and the expectation that we meet their violence with a smile and a nod, is an act of defiance. Expressing that anger is the first step for a fat person who starting to come to terms with their humanity and understanding that the injustices that the world is so happy to lay upon them are not the price of their weight but the result of living in a culture that condones bullying and assault as corrective measures.
We’re angry because we realize we have a right to be. Anger is liberating. Anger is better than the guilt we’re expected to feel for inflicting our fatness on the world by merely existing in it. Our anger is empowering, and we’re not going to set it aside just because it makes you uncomfortable.
Thin privilege is not having a group of men slow their truck down next to you when you’re walking from the store and shout “pig” at you.
Never mind the fact that I just walked 2 miles (and back) to the store. Or that the only thing in my bag was some apples, low fat cheese and pineapple. And screw even thinking about the fact that the girl you just shouted out has dealt with starving herself and bulimia in the past. Just because I’m fat, I deserve to be shouted at. :/