Thin privilege is not having to argue that medical doctors should be competent enough to operate on your body without worry of undue complications.
Thin privilege is the expectation that, since your body is considered of value and worth to society, there will rarely be consideration of body size when undergoing any medical procedure or utilizing any kind of equipment, because procedures and equipment were developed with your body in mind.
Thin privilege is not having to worry that thin doctors have no idea how to deal with your body, since the cadavers used in most teaching schools aren’t anywhere near your body size.
Thin privilege is not having to argue that you shouldn’t be expected to change your body because the medical establishment refuses to consider being able to operate on you or perform other procedures on you worthy of study or perfection…
…that is, until they can make giant profits mutilating your healthy organs in order to change your body size to a more ‘acceptable’ shape. Then they turn into experts really, really quickly.
I am seriously on a fat girl rampage today.
I don’t think I have mentioned this much but some time in the early new year I will be getting surgery. This surgery is to expand and lower my upper jaw in order to give me a properly functioning bite.
The surgery was supposed to be earlier than this. Why has it been pushed back?
The surgeon refuses to operate on me until I lose some weight.
He refuses to operate on my FACE, the thinnest part of me, until I lose some weight.
I have just been met with so much fatphobia surrounding this surgery.
He also said that not only will the surgery be able to go ahead once I lose some weight, I’ll also look better.
Excuse me, but fuck you.
Also I mentioned to my mother and grandpa that I have heard stories about people getting this surgery and being unable to eat pretty much anything for the first little while and consequently losing 15 pounds, IN A WEEK. That’s like two pounds every day, my friends, and that is not healthy. My grandpa says this is a good thing.
This reminds me of something that happened to me.
When I moved down here last year, I had to switch doctors. During my first with her, she’s doing the breast exam and she asks me if I do the self exam monthly. I admit that no, I don’t do it as often as I should. She then says “well, if you lose some weight your cup size will go down and they’ll be easier to do!” While she and the nurse laughed, I was left feeling very naked, uncomfortable, and insulted.
While losing weight may reduce cup sizes for some women, that doesn’t work for me. All the women in my family have large breasts. My breasts started growing when I hit puberty and haven’t stopped since. I’ve gained weight and my breasts got bigger. I’ve lost weight and my breasts got bigger. Shit, I’ve maintained the same weight for years and my damn breasts got bigger. Had my doctor took the time to ask, she’d know that. Instead she made the incorrect assumption that my breasts are only big because I’m fat.