Here at RBI, we pretty routinely get submissions from thin people talking about their journey to body acceptance, or asks wondering why we don’t post more images of skinny people. The implication behind these queries is that we need to post images of thin bodies in order to be fully inclusive and truly body positive.
While we firmly believe that body positivity is for everybody, we don’t tend to post images/submissions from thin people, unless they are marginalized in some other way that we feel needs more visibility (trans*, disabled, etc).
The goal of this blog is not just to promote body acceptance or body positivity, but to actively redefine body image. We are not a general body-posi blog, our goals are broader than that, though they encompass body positivity. We are fighting against the dominant cultural norms that narrowly define the acceptable body as thin, white, cis, able-bodied. We are trying to create a space where bodies that are normally erased from the larger cultural conversation can find positive representation.
Therefore, we don’t post images of thin bodies very often, since thin people are very well (even over-) represented within the broader culture.
There are many many general body acceptance blogs on tumblr that accept submissions from everyone (there is a short list of more general body-posi tumblrs below - there are many more that we have missed), and these blogs post tons of images of thin bodies.
In fact, many body positive spaces cater primarily to thin women and RBI is dedicated to filling in the gaps that they ignore. We do not operate in a cultural or activist vacuum.
We believe that continually showing the bodies thin, white, able-bodied cis women in body positive spaces recreates oppressive standards of what a “good” body is. Seeking out bodies that are othered or different than the norm is incredibly important to not only finding self acceptance but also fighting prejudice and stigma.
If RBI was filled with images of thin, white, able-bodied cis women it would fail to redefine body image instead merely repeating what is already the dominant oppressive structure.
None of this is meant to minimize any individual thin person’s personal struggle with body image and body acceptance.
It is something everyone struggles with and it is hard for everyone regardless of size, and we are thrilled that thin people appreciate the blog and find it inspiring. We support body positivity for EVERY single body, but that does not mean we have to represent every body type equally, especially since our goal is to actively combat oppressive body standards by giving positive visibility to marginalized people.
Therefore, if what you are looking for is more images of normative thin bodies, this is not the place to find them in, and we suggest you check out some of the tumblrs below. Thanks.
List of more general body-posi blogs:
Thank you so much to Liz for putting this little explanation and list of resources together! This will be something we’ll be adding to our slowly-evolving FAQ, soon to come.
Our team has really been coming together and working diligently to help address many of the larger issues and most frequent questions we come across here. Thank you to my team and all our dedicated followers for being so fucking brilliant.
- fat shame is not the last acceptable prejudice, seriously. Look around you. Get it together.
- if you blog diligently about thin privilege but are unable to check your own privileges? GTFO. Stop looking up at the privilege you lack and start looking at the ones you’ve got.
- yes fat phobia sucks but if you shout to the rafters about being fat bashed but then say nothing about racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, ageism or any of the other bad isms? You’re doing it wrong.
- if your message is “fat is beautiful” but the subtext of every post you make is that fat is only beautiful when white, youthful, “beautiful”, able-bodied, hetero, cis-, economically advantaged, and always falling in a lockstep line with the slavish & brutal corporate fashion industries? umm you’re not helping, bro.
- let being fat inform the way normativity works in our world, how those of us with fat bodies fall outside the “norm” which is a system of classification set up to place on a pedestal the white, the young, the wealthy, hetero & cis people of this earth, and yes, thinness is part of that but only a slender fragment of the larger picture. Let your experiences being fat bashed inform the way you process race, class, gender, sexual orientation, class status, age, “ability”. Don’t just rally to be treated the same as other thin, young, white, pretty people.
thank you and much fatty loveness.
The above is very important. Read it, then read it again.
And WIN on the gif.
Fat people clearly should acknowledge all the intersectionality of privlege, but the way this is written, it sounds a like weight priviledg takes a back seat to the other ones mentioned. That is called oppression olympics and most people make a policy of not doing that. Fat people no more need to constantly be dealing with race in their activism than race activist should be dealing with sexuality. Yes, recognizing that no privileged and no oppression stand alone is important, but choosing one cause and making that your focus is also okay.
This last here? That’s privilege talking.
It’s bullshit. The OP takes thin privilege as a given, and does not, anywhere, engage in oppression olympics. What it DOES do is call on white, straight, cis, TAB, and/or male fatties to acknowledge their privilege in other areas because it’s the right thing to do. Because if you call other people on their privilege over you, but don’t acknowledge or talk about the privilege you have over others, you are a fucking hypocrite.
This is an absolutely classic privilege-person whine. I’m a white feminist, and I see other white feminists pull the same kind of bullshit when WOC try to talk about racism in feminist spaces.
White fat people ignore and talk over fat POC in fat spaces all the fucking time. And you’re doing it now.
If you cannot grasp intersectionality and different axes of privilege, or if you can’t stand to acknowledge ways in which other people are oppressed, then you need to go adjust your thinking and educate yourself. And in the mean time, get the fuck off my side.
To paraphrase Flavia Dzodan, my activist will be intersectional, or it will be bullshit. And when your activism is bullshit, I will fucking call you on it.
On of the places where fat acceptance is FAILING is in building an intersectional foundation. There’s nothing in the original post that plays Oppression Olympics, nothing that questions or hierarchizes the existence of fat hate. What there IS, and what we as fat people should in fact be conscious of as we work in an activist way, is the acknowledgment that we exist within a system that is built on oppression — and if we fail to let that inform our fat acceptance, then fat acceptance fails to be anything other than a movement for white pretty (mostly middle class and able-bodied) people who just happen to be a little bit fatter than the “norm.”
When we talk about making fat acceptance inclusive, this is the meat of it — we build a movement that actively welcomes EVERYONE by explicitly addressing the issues of intersectionality and using that as our framework.
The OP said, “Let your experiences being fat bashed inform the way you process race, class, gender, sexual orientation, class status, age, “ability”.” I would add to that — let all of those things inform the way you think about and talk about fat bashing. Because your experience is not universal and all of those things impact body politics on a fundamental level.
There is not, to my mind, any such thing as “choosing one cause” — we all have finite energy and we might put the bulk of our efforts under one heading but no cause is functioning in a vacuum and the movement we build as fat people should not simply replicate the current oppressive social paradigm in the way it deals with other oppressions. If you cannot even begin to make an effort to see how other oppressions are related, then you are not paying enough attention to the other people involved in your “chosen” cause.
Bolded emphasis mine. This thread addresses the some of what I was writing about a few days ago, around relative size privilege and the difference between body positivity and fat acceptance. It is impossible to make an effective, honest, and truly inclusive social justice movement without constantly acknowledging the intersectionality of oppression. Though, as Marianne said here, and I sad yesterday morning, it is totally OK (and in fact perhaps more practical) to focus your limited energy to one or a few areas of identity politics, but if you don’t remain vigilant and open about your own privileges and fail to acknowledge how the oppression you are fighting against intersects with others, your politics will fail.
Fat privilege is not being told to “eat a sandwich” at every possible opportunity.
Fat privilege is not having all your friends think you’re weird because you work out even though you’re not fat.
No, I’m not told to eat a sandwich. But I am told to, “just stop eating,” very regularly. And I’m a recovered anorexic. So that’s not triggering or dangerous for me to hear or anything.
Everyone thinks it’s weird that I works out/doesn’t believe I work out because I am fat. I am told that people don’t want to see bodies like mine at the gym. I am told that people don’t want to see bodies like mine in sports bras and yoga pants. I am told that to see me exercise is grotesque.
Seriously, thin people need to take a seat and recognize that regardless of individual experiences which are valid, thinness is glorified on a societal level and institutionalized via the health care system (by which I mean my health insurance costs more because I am fat) and government initiatives to end obesity.
lololol “fat privilege”
“having all your friends think you’re weird because you work out even though you’re not fat”
what is even going on in that sentence right now
Are we a “social justice” blog? I suppose we are? I don’t know? We are what we are and that’s all that we are. :3
As for the rest of your message…