lol lol. the privilege to be depicted as one of the most undesirable bodies to have in most popular cultures? lol lol
Don’t forget about the privilege to be barred from adoption in many places, have our healthcare rationed in the UK, be barred from seeking fertility treatments from many places, be openly discriminated against in the workplace (like Whole Foods), be humiliated when boarding a plane and kicked off until we’re forced to buy a second seat that might not even be near the first seat, be barred from immigrating to NZ, be accused of child abuse if our children look like us, be invisible on TV and in movies and books unless we’re a cautionary tale, villain, stereotype, or joke, be labeled as automatically high-risk if we get pregnant regardless of our health status, be barred from getting some surgeries/treatments/procedures including donating organs to dying loved ones, be coded out of modern society with employment ads that state preferences for ‘well put-together’ applicants and dating profiles that state preferences for ‘fit, petite, proportional, athletic,’ be socially invisible in good ways (like getting smiles, compliments, attentive service, dates, and basic respect) and visible in bad ways (like being judged by our expensive, cheaply made, and poorly-designed plus sized clothing, whether we flush or sweat, whether we sit or stand on the bus, how fast or slow we walk, what we eat, how we breathe, what our moods are), to be told that we can very easily ‘solve’ the institutional discrimination against us by losing weight though the bulk of scientific evidence suggests this is nigh-impossible in the long term, to be blamed for being hated even though every reason trotted out to despise us is factually groundless…
What a privilege to be a second class citizen, blamed by nearly every mainstream news site for global warming and bad economies and a materialistic culture! What a privilege to be a ‘problem’ to be solved in news articles about the ‘obesity epidemic,’ commenters suggesting fat people should be starved in fat camps, have our children taken away from us, be murdered and fed to hungry people, or harvested for fuel.
What a privilege, indeed!