Cora Harrington, a Lingere Blogger, took to Twitter to explain her idea on what ‘thin privilege’ means to her. Her tweet has gone viral and has gotten many people talking. What exactly is this idea of thin privilege? In Harrington’s view, thin privilege is how you are perceived by society and treated accordingly. The very basic idea here is: if you’re thin, you don’t get looked down upon when eating pizza or ice cream in public; you don’t get looks on the airplane, and you can easily find clothing at any store of your choice.
Harrington, who, by the way, is thin by society’s standards, is not the first person to talk about thin privilege, but she has gotten people into heated conversations on the topic, with some even questioning whether this idea even exists.
Some argue that although they are thin, they are still picked on and bullied. On another hand, there are those who believe Harrington should not be advocating for others, who can clearly speak for themselves. Still others believe Harrington to be making a very valid point.
In this world where looking a certain way is viewed in a certain way by people around us – can we say this ‘thin privilege’ exists?
In my view, yes, absolutely. Thin privilege exists. If you are a certain size, you are definitely viewed in a certain way. Bottom line here – we are judged. We are judged based on appearance, regardless of how much we try or don’t try to fit in. We are judged. I think thin privilege means judgement.
And yes, even though I’m thin by society’s standards, I’m still judged. Here one thing I try to remind myself of: it all starts with me. Self-love and love for others. Don’t judge and don’t be judged.
What do YOU think? Do you believe this idea of ‘thin privilege’ is valid? Does it exist?
Feel great today and give some love to others!