Why I Don't Believe in Thin Privilege - Part 2

A Continuation of My Last Post

I won't waste anyone's time with an introduction, as you have probably already read part one. Let's just get right into it!

13) Airlines won’t charge you extra to fly.

Airlines charge obese people extra to fly because they take up 2 or more seats. Seats that, if you weren't taking up, would've gone to more customers. The company would be losing out on money if it only charged you for one seat instead of how many you are using—which is just plain unfair.

It's especially unfair considering that the majority of obese people are obese because of their own life choices. Although many people like to point out that some people are just large by genetics or some kind of illness, that only accounts for a small percentage of the overweight population. It really is most often down to how much you eat, what you eat, and what exercise you do. You cannot expect companies to lose out on money if your own choices in life have led to you needing more from the service. It is not their fault.

14) You are not perceived as looking sloppy or unprofessional based on your size.

You can't just assume other people perceive you a certain way, but if you do think people look at you and see a sloppy human being, that says more about the way you see yourself than anything else. I would take that as a sign that you need to do something about it.

15) You can eat what you want, when you want in public and not have others judge you for it or make assumptions about your eating habits.

If you are obese, and you are in McDonald's eating a burger, then making the assumption that you have bad eating habits isn't exactly unfair and without basis. They're probably right.

16) You can walk out of a gas station with a box of doughnuts and not have people yell at you to “Lay off them doughnuts, fatty!” (This actually happened to one of my friends.)

This one isn't really worth talking about. It is an extremely specific incident of something happening to a personal friend of the author that wrote this, not a general observation of something that happens to all obese people. You can tell, at this point, that the author has ran out of ideas if they have to start referring to that one time their friend had a bad experience at a gas station.

17) People don’t ask your partners what it’s like to have sex with you because of your size.

People ask that because they have never had sex with an obese person. There is nothing wrong with asking what it's like if you haven't experienced it.

18) Your body type isn’t sexually fetishized.

Literally every demographic of people is fetishised by somebody. If you go on any porn site you will, of course, see a category for large women—but you will also see a category for women of every race, transgender people, old people... even disabled people and amputees are fetishised. And of course, although there isn't always a category dedicated to it, skinny people are fetishised too. Practically every porn title has the words "skinny" or "petite" in it. 

I'm also seeing contradictions between this and point 10 in my last post: "You don’t get told, 'You have such a pretty/handsome face' (implying: if only you’d lose weight you could be even more attractive)."

So you don't like it when people would be more attracted to you if you lost weight... and you also don't like it if people are attracted to your weight as it is?

19) You’re more likely to get a raise or promotion at work than someone who is fat.

Imagine you are a boss, and you are faced with two people. One is a good worker. One is not. Would you really waste money promoting the bad worker, just because they weigh less? I seriously don't think you would.

If you don't get promoted, it's probably because you're not the best worker in the place. Your boss will gain nothing from promoting a worker who is skinnier than you, especially if you're a better worker than them. If someone is getting promoted, it's for a reason. They work well. If you don't, it's because you don't work as well as those who are promoted.

If your boss didn't want you to be promoted because you're overweight, and the skinnier person wasn't really worthy of a promotion which is what this point is insinuating, you just wouldn't promote anybody.

This post is not really based on anything, it's just a person who isn't a good worker but thinks the only reason they aren't getting promoted is their weight.

20) Friends don’t describe you to others using a qualifier (e.g. “He’s kind of heavy, but REALLY nice, though”).

Then your friend is an asshole. We all have toxic friends. No-one is making you hang out with them.

21) The media doesn’t describe your body shape as part of an “epidemic.”

It literally IS an epidemic.

One in five children in the UK are overweight or obese by the time they arrive at primary school, and this number rises to over one in three by the time they leave. 34% of adults and 15–20% of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese.

Heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, cancer, osteoarthritis and many more health problems are linked to obesity. With such a high number of obese people, it is hard to argue that it is NOT an epidemic.

Average sized people are not an epidemic because there is literally not existing health issue that can be linked with being a normal size. It is not a privilege that they are not considered an epidemic, it is just a fact that they are not and there is no way you can reason that being of average size is unhealthy, unlike being obese.

22) You can choose to not be preoccupied with your size and shape because you have other priorities, and you won’t be judged.

The thing is: thin people do not NEED to be preoccupied with their size as they are already healthy and not at risk of any weight related health issues. YOU are! I have already listed the problems related to being obese in the previous point. If you aren't preoccupied with preventing these things happening to you when you are and you KNOW you are at a considerably high risk of them... then I say it's not unfair to judge.

As well as this, saying you have other priorities is not an excuse to not look after your weight. Just because you have other things to take care of doesn't make you unable to swap your burger for an apple. Just because you have other things to take care of doesn't mean you have to carry on going out your way to eat way more food than necessary. You can multitask and take care of more than one thing at once. You aren't incapable of changing your eating habits because you have other things to do as well. This is just excuses—"I can't take the time to eat healthy because I have to do other things,"—this is a very weak point to end on.

This post had a weak beginning, and the ending even weaker still. This is not the best article I have ever read, to say the least.

Final Thoughts

I am chubby. I am not skinny. And I do not believe in thin privilege.

This article that I read was honestly terrible, the points were not only weak but half of them were just straight up lies. If these are the best examples of thin privilege that you have, then I think it is safe to say that it is not real.

It is ok to not be skinny. But chances are that if you aren't it is because of your own life choices. You can't be oppressed for something you've brought upon yourself, but if you truly believe you are... just reverse the changes you made to yourself. Lose the weight. You will be healthier and happier and no longer "oppressed."

If you are overweight and you are the small percentage that cannot help it (say genetics or illness) I have more sympathy. But still you're not oppressed, as most of these points are either completely false or have valid reasons such as economics (the price of clothes in part one, for example) or are experienced by skinny people also. 

The only point I can't excuse is number 20, however, you can't call an entire demographic of people oppressed because of that single point alone.

I hope you enjoyed this, it is the first 2 part post I have done. Thank you for reading!

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