I'll Let my post speak for me ...but everything is not as it seems to be. I am simply L.B.!
For fat women, being stylish isn’t a luxury. It’s often a necessity to get hired, to get access to healthcare, to get treated like a human being.
Fat women have all kinds of narratives about sloppiness, laziness, dirtiness to overcome. Sometimes heels are a crucial part of looking “put together” in a way that sufficiently convinces people that we care about ourselves, that manages to counteract pervasive cultural narratives that fat people don’t care about ourselves. That we have “let ourselves go.”
Being “put together” is part of the way many of us convey to a judgmental world that we are worth caring about.
I get treated completely differently at a $20 hair salon if I’m dressed up or dressed down. Two totally different experiences. I get treated differently at the doctor’s office, and at the emergency room. I can’t go to the ER in sweatpants, because I’ll get shittier treatment. In an emergency, I have to worry if I am dressed up enough to prove that I deserve respect and care. Melissa McEwan: Fat Fashion (via tangerineadamantine)
valkyriabugg asked: There is no such thing as thin privilege. You have more food than normal people.
1. Fat people aren’t inherently abnormal, thanks. Plenty of “normal people” are fat. Besides, what does “normal” even mean, anyway? It’s either a state to which people are expected to conform (and hence distasteful/wrong IMHO) or it’s some bullshit arbitrary measure (and hence distasteful/wrong IMHO). So, fuck using the word “normal” to shame people.
2. Fat people don’t necessarily eat more than thin people, on average. Some fat people eat very little and due to having a slow metabolism or other issues, don’t lose weight. Some thin people eat like it’s going out of style, and due to having a fast metabolism or other issues, don’t gain weight.
3. I think you’re trying to say that some people without thin privilege experience class privilege. Which is true. But all privileges aren’t equal, and plenty of people who don’t experience thin privilege also lack class privilege. None of this means that thin privilege doesn’t exist.
4. Privilege is based on the society in which we live. It’s not a natural phenomenon, it’s produced by the people around us, the economy, our history, traditions, biases, culture. So privileges aren’t the same from society to society. While many societies in the world right now are experiencing an anti-fat panic and discrimination against fat people, that’s not true across the board. It doesn’t mean thin privilege doesn’t exist.