Don’t worry, this isn’t “skinny shaming” or anything. It also isn’t owning up to one’s sense of personal responsibility regards one’s life choices. Basically, the video below about thin privilege is everything you’d expect from someone who finds it easier to bitch about her circumstances rather than to do anything meaningful to change those circumstances. And it’s probably your fault. You judgy von snootface.
Michaela on what thin privilege is and how it impacts her life…
— BBC Sesh (@bbcsesh) February 6, 2019
Let’s go through this point by point, shall we? I’m rather excited for a break from Alexandria Nina Pinta, so pardon my rebuttal enthusiasm. Again, grab a snack. Maybe some carrots or cyanide.
The first thing Michaela bitches about is public transport and people who don’t want to sit next to a tubby person. Allow me to clear something up: it’s not that people don’t want to sit next to a tubby person. It’s that we don’t want a person’s tub to touch us while we’re sitting next to them. Which, due to the size of a tubby person, is a reality with which we’d rather not contend. I personally don’t enjoy touching strangers. So if there’s a chance I’ll be touched without my consent, don’t expect me to be smiling about it. No one has a right to my outward contentment when their belly rolls into my personal safe space.
The second thing she bitches about is shopping. My God is this a privileged list of non-issues. I’m not quite sure what her point is here other than she can’t walk out of the store with the clothes she wanted? Girl, I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m not plus-sized but I’m not a double zero either. It’s a struggle to find clothes I love which fit me well which didn’t first come from an athletic outlet. I went up a whole shirt size after I developed lats and traps. So spare me with the plus girl shopping problems. Personal shoppers are a thing for a reason. Get one and stop your whining.
Third thing, Michaela doesn’t like that you judge her fatness while she takes part in one thing which makes her fat: pastries. I wonder how she feels about judgment passed on smokers who smoke, drunks calling for another tequila shot, women who bitch about not being respected by men as they commit to even more one night stands, or ugly, fat, unemployed men bummed their not dating supermodels.
No one is free of judgment, sweet cheeks. Especially as you’re partaking so obviously in that which has made your body fat. Related Fat Pride Propagandist Says “F*ck Your Beauty Standards.” She Has No Standards.
The fourth point is Michaela doesn’t want the doctor to… doctor. Sure, not every ailment one has is due to one’s mass. That’s fair. But a doctor is required to doctor, which includes pointing out any number of health risks he or she sees when he or she examines you. A doctor will also ask how much a person smokes, drinks, how active they are, if they have a history of cancer in the family, etcetera and so on. Just because they’re doctors and “health” is kind of their thing, not because they secretly love to tell fat people that being fat is a problem.
Lastly, Michaela doesn’t like that people are rude to her on the internet. Whooo boy. People on the internet can be terrible. Hard stop. But the idea only fat people are targeted is categorically false. Put something on the internet and prepare to get mocked, judged, critiqued, fetishized, catcalled, harassed, pick your verb not included here. I follow several people on Instagram, including one actress and several professional female athletes. The actress often addresses judgmental idiots who freak out over the dumbest sh!t you can imagine. And more than a few female athletes get “muscle-shamed” by men on the regular. No one, NO ONE, is immune from internet harassment courtesy of trolls. We just get harassed and trolled differently.
One bonus point: not everyone who is thin is thin naturally. Sure, there are some people who are thin without effort. But if you think they’re free of body issues, or “shaming” then think again. But a lot of people are “thin” because they work at it. I type this after ending a 17+ hour intermittent fast. Many people who are not fat, who are “thin” or otherwise fit, WORK AT IT. We aren’t “born that way” it is not “genetics.” It’s discipline, work, sacrifice, and a lot of wishing we could just eat cake and lose weight. Alas, tis not so. Meaning being “thin” isn’t a privilege at all. Being thing requires a great deal of effort.
So please, plus-sized people, spare us all the sob stories. Life is just hard, people can be rude, but don’t expect the red carpet rolled out for your simply because your size isn’t glorified like some kind of Indian diety.