Quote of The Day

From Fillyjonk, over at Fatshionista, on the raging WOC in the FA movement debate. THIS is the definition of thin privilege.

Think about this: a thin person seeing an article about a push for better child nutrition to combat the obesity epidemic doesn’t SEE an example of fat hatred. They would say “there’s nothing here saying that fat people are disgusting or unacceptable; I don’t see bigotry here at all.” We recognize talk of the “obesity epidemic” or about fat as the result of overeating as a problem because we’re aware of the problem; those who are privileged or complicit see it as objective reality.

Fillyjonk 

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7 Comments

  1. OTM said,

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    That was pretty great, I agree.

  2. KarenElhyam said,

    March 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Yeah, I’m glad you made that comment its own post, it’d be terrible for it to be buried in comments hell.

  3. xsso said,

    March 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Well-stated. I think it’s also sad to note that in our society, better child nutrition* for the sake of having properly-nourished kids is apparently not a worthy goal in and of itself.

    * Note that I am thinking more along the lines of ensuring that all children have access to enough food, and that this food be fresh and of good quality.

  4. Des said,

    March 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    This was a good comment, glad it didn’t get lost in the rest of them.

  5. peggynature said,

    March 22, 2008 at 9:09 am

    “They would say “there’s nothing here saying that fat people are disgusting or unacceptable; I don’t see bigotry here at all.””

    And that’s exactly how the M*M*s of the world see it. She even said so, in almost the exact same words.

  6. Emma said,

    March 23, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Wait a sec. Good comment on its face, but how is it thin privilege when the majority of fat people will read the same article and also see it as objective reality?

  7. vesta44 said,

    March 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Emma – those fat people are the ones who have bought into the “fat is unhealthy” mantra and believe that dieting and exercise will make them thin, no matter how many times they fail at permanent weight loss. Some of them will get tired of failure and start looking for reasons why they keep failing (other than it’s their fault because they just didn’t “try hard enough”) and will find FA. Then they will see it for the thin privilege it is and know it’s not really objective reality, but skewed reality from the obesity hysteria that’s rampant in our society.


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