Speaking of size discrimination, Fatshadow has an excellent, post about size discrimination – listing the unstated (and often unnoticed) advantages that average-sized folks get for being average-sized.
This is a format that’s been used a lot. It began with the essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, which used (among other things) a list format to try and make White privilege “visible.” Inspired by McIntosh, people have written similar lists about striaght privilege, about non-trans privilege, and about male privilege. (That last one was compiled by yours truly several years ago, and has since been used in many college classrooms.) Update: And here’s yet another one, focusing on able-bodied privileges.
I haven’t seen one about size privilege before, though – and it’s long overdue. So thanks, Tish. Here’s a sampling…
I can be sure that people aren’t embarrassed to be seen with me because of the size of my body.
If I pick up a magazine or watch T.V. I will see bodies that look like mine that aren’t being lampooned, desexualized, or used to signify laziness, ignorance, or lack of self-control.
I do not have to be afraid that when I talk to my friends or family they will mention the size of my body in a critical manner, or suggest unsolicited diet products and exercise programs.
I will not be accused of being emotionally troubled or in psychological denial because of the size of my body.
I can be sure that when I go to a class, or movie, or restaurant that I will find a place to sit in which I am relatively comfortable.
I will never have to sit quietly and listen while other people talk about the ways in which they avoid being my size.
That’s just a few of the items Tish listed – be sure to read the whole thing.
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