Everyone’s Blaming ‘Thin Privilege’ For Weight Discrimination

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Everyone’s Blaming ‘Thin Privilege’ For Weight Discrimination

Society is very different to what it was ten years ago. 

We’ve had advances in human rights, women’s rights, LGBTQI+ rights, and a tonne of other movements all aiming to help those in underprivileged or minority positions. 

Now, a new movement is coming and it’s based on outing the concept of ‘thin privilege’ and it has a lot of people divided. 

What’s ‘thin privilege’, you ask?

It’s like white privilege, but instead of being based on your colour, it’s based on your size. 

Basically, it dictates how those who are thinner in society are supposedly viewed as being better and are sometimes treated better because of their slimmer appearance. 

Many people have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts and opinions on the concept, with lingerie blogger and author Cora Harrington expressing her beliefs about it in a string of conversations. 

She explains, "Thinness isn’t a feeling. If other people perceive you as thin, you are thin. If you are able to walk into any clothing store and expect to see a wide range of options in your size, you are thin.

"My job involves looking at photos of models who are much thinner than me, so I rarely “feel” thin.

"But I can walk into almost any clothing store and expect - without even thinking about it - to buy something in my size. That is thin privilege."

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Many people have since joined in on the discussion.

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However, there are some that do not sit on the same page with this conversation, instead focusing on how obesity is an epidemic which needs to be resolved, and that healthier, trimmer body types need to be promoted for all as something to work towards. 

What is YOUR take on this concept of ‘thin privilege’?

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