Must-read: MadameThursday’s “Body policing…”

Everyone who’s ever even just brushed against fat acceptance needs to read this post:

MadameThursday: “Body policing and fat hate are related, but they are not the same

My favorite bit (though it’s hard to choose):

When you go to apply to a job, the decks will be stacked against you. You will get laughed at sometimes if you go to apply for a server at a restaurant where the owner obviously wants to hire only skinny, blonde teenagers and college students to serve wings to his clientele. You will have an HR manager or an interviewer raise an eyebrow and ask you what you’re doing there. You will walk into an office full of people who look at you and wonder where you came from because you can’t possibly there to work with them in that smart, high pressure environment. You’re too fat to keep up with them. You will have your very ability to do a job put into question at first sight just because of your size. You will have your work ethic put into doubt. You will have your intelligence and morality put into question. You will have someone calculating the costs of giving you employer-provided health insurance if they hire you as part of consideration as to whether to hire you – and the thin applicants won’t.

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One comment on “Must-read: MadameThursday’s “Body policing…”

  1. I agree with this. There is a difference between sharing experiences and opinions and co-opting. I talk a lot about my fat identity, but always with the disclaimer that I am an in-betweenie by cultural standards. When I talk about my experiences with discrimination, I would focus on those incidents that are explicitly anti-fat.

    I personally would say that discussion of thinness is totally appropriate if it is in the wider context of a discussion of fatphobia. Lots of people talk about the privilege they felt while dieting, the assumption that people make about those with anorexia, and so on.

    I think tone is the major difference. You can talk about whatever you want, including the prejudice and disadvantages that come with being thin, provided that the focus is on the contribution of fatphobia. Again, the example of anorexia comes up. They may have thin privilege but they do not benefit from people wanting to be them and minimizing their suffering. They sure as hell don’t benefit from the culture reinforcing their disease while they are trying to recover.

    It’s a lot different than saying that thin people experience just as much discrimination and we cannot criticize dieting because it reinforces anti-skinny ideals? Something like that.

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