Well, when you take pieces of what I’m saying out of context, my words can certainly be misconstrued as blanket statements. The things you are quoting me on are part of a discussion and a way of working through thoughts.
When I said “Skinny bodies are not discriminated against”, I meant by society as a whole. Of course all kinds of bodies are capable of facing discrimination and all feelings and experiences tied to those types of unjust treatment are valid, regardless of body size.
But fat bodies face unjust oppression and discrimination on a daily basis (fueled by the media, the government, in the workplace, at the doctor, etc). Fat shaming is a catalyst for this oppression.
Thin bodies experience privileges from society that fat bodies do not. Thin shaming exists and is never okay, just as any kind of body shaming is never okay, but it is not a catalyst for the same kind of hate and mistreatment found in fat discrimination. That is where the most significant difference lies. It has nothing to do with which group “has it worse” and everything to do with which group is honestly oppressed more than the other.
It is important to acknowledge these things - “Denying the impacts of oppression is in itself harmful to oppressed groups. Similar to racism, the individual experiences of white people can be acknowledged, while recognizing that people of color are the ones who are structurally oppressed.
None of this implies that it is okay to ignore an individual’s pain, but it does re-focus and re-center the discussion on the groups who experience the most harm (whether people of color or fat people).” (source)
Let me just be clear, once again: Body shaming in any context, against fat or thin bodies, is NEVER EVER okay. But I will continue to acknowledge that fat bodies face more oppression. Because that is a fact, something I and other fat bodies like me experience every single day, and it deserves to be fought.