…On “inbetweenies” claiming “fat”.
I agree with a lot of what redefiningbodyimage is saying, but I think it’s really important for more privileged fats (as a white middle class neuro-typical straight-passing cis woman with no visible disabilities, I am one of these) to step back and make sure we’re not dominating the conversation in fat spaces or centering our own privileged experiences. This stands in any community and any movement and with all kinds of privilege. The fat acceptance movement is consistently dominated by white cis North American middle/upper-middle class voices, and allowing this to go unchecked has made it a much less inclusive and effective movement.
Of course folks of all sizes (including our thin friends and families and partners and allies) should be part of the fat acceptance/liberation movement, but it is hugely important that more privileged members of the community hold ourselves accountable for minimizing the alienating and endangering effects that our presence and/or actions have on less privileged members of the community.
Part of doing that is letting go of the privileged entitlement we feel to access all spaces and understanding that not everything is for or about us. As such, POC-only spaces, supersized-only spaces, disabled-only spaces, trans*-only spaces, queer-only spaces, working-class-only spaces, etc. are vital to to the survival and growth of the fat acceptance movement.
Reblogging for excellent commentary! I did touch on this a little, but not enough. Thank you.