I want to know how This Is Thin Privilege responds to the following 2 facts:
1. Weight can be changed. This means that the status of "thin" can effectively be "earned." The definition of privilege is generally given as a benefit conveyed by society on a classification that is not & can not be earned, such as race or sexual orientation.
2. Most of the supposed "privileges" of being "thin" have a dark side that is arguably worse than the benefits that they provide. For instance, while thin people are portrayed as beautiful, these portrayals are usually edited to be UNREALISTICALLY thin, which results in eating disorders. Which thin people are then berated for having, whether they actually do or not. Generally, if the risks dramatically outweigh the benefits, you aren't considered to be privileged.
It's quite possible that some things do not conform to a simple privilege/oppression dynamic, & that sometimes it's pretty much lose/lose.
Edit: Answered my own question. I find myself not liking a little less than half of This Is Thin Privilege's FAQ.
I think it’s important to note that disability is its own underprivileged status, and in this case thin people with EDs are conflating the oppression they feel for lacking able-bodied privilege with a negation of their thin privilege.
This whole "there are no significant drawbacks to thin people due to the promotion of thinness because that's something else" thing is a real running theme.
There’s a false dichotomy being set up in this question.
Such as fat*=oppressed & thin=privileged?
*=Wasn't sure what to list as opposite to "thin," but since the blog drops the word "fat" quite nonchalantly, I figured I'd take a "when in Rome" approach.
No. Body size is second only to height in heritability. Would you suggest that someone who’s too tall get shorter? No? Didn’t think so. You’ve been sold a pack of lies by the healthists and their corporate sponsors, the diet industry. Educate yourself.
As for the word ‘obese,’ it’s a medicalization of the human body, and the pathologization of a natural state. In short, I abhor it.
Let’s get this straight: The number of people who go from fat to thin, and stay there, statistically rounds down to zero.
I think that the necessity & ease of weight loss are dramatically overstated myths as well, but that it's essentially impossible for anyone sounds a lot like bullshit.
People who deny thin privilege and fat discrimination are trolls. Even if they don’t know it.
Well, I guess I can't argue with that logic.