“Can a thin person have body image struggles? Can a thin person be at war with their self-image? Can a thin person hate to look in the mirror?
And does that suck?
But the difference between these negative feelings and fatphobia is this: The only person worrying about whether or not I’m meeting beauty standards is me.
And that’s not the same for fat folk.
When you’re not thin, other people on the beach actually do take offense. When you’re not thin, people really do think that you shouldn’t be in a bathing suit. When you’re not thin, people really do make your body their moral obligation.
And while your internal struggle is real and significant, the point is: You might hate your body, but society doesn’t.
That’s thin privilege.”
Yeah, I’m actually gonna call bullshit on this. What I see, as a man, looking in from the outside, knowing women of all different shapes and sizes, is that society polices all women’s bodies, be they fat, thin or somewhere in between. If a woman’s thin she can be “too thin” or she “needs to eat”…maybe she’s “dangerously thin.” You just have to look at magazines and you’ll see that one week there’s a photo spread pointing out celebrity women’s cellulite, the next it’s the female celebrities who have “gone too far” and are “dangerously thin”…then the next it’s famous women at the beach who’ve “let themselves go.” Our society functions to tell women that their bodies are wrong, no matter what shape they are (and, of course, will then sell them the products that will “fix” them). How many jokes have you heard about Madonna’s arms? Remember when Geri Halliwell lost all that weight and everyone said that she had the body of a little boy?
Our society constantly tells women that their bodies are wrong. They’re too fat, they’re too thin, their boobs are too small, or too big, they shouldn’t wear too much make up, but they should make an effort, real women have curves, but they should have a thigh gap.
This is how it seems to me - there’s no such thing as thin privilege. Because all women’s bodies are policed, all women’s bodies are seen as public property and fair game to be commented on. If you’re a woman and you have a body you are constantly being told that it is wrong, no matter what shape it is.
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