So I just read this post about Lulu Lemon. As mentioned in it, there is a popular argument that thin privileged people like to use about how they can’t buy from a Plus Sized store so fat people shouldn’t whine about not being able to find clothes - well, just about everywhere else I guess.
Here’s the thing:
A thin person who cannot find their size in a plus store can go to any other fucking store. A plus size person can only find their size in a plus size store, if they can find a plus size store. And there are some people who even size out of most brick and mortar plus stores.
So to recap: thin person strikes out at plus store - goes next door to another store. Fat person strikes out at a plus store - goes home empty-handed. NOT THE SAME THING.
Also: A thin person can buy a larger size and have it altered. A fat person cannot buy a smaller size and do the same - no a huge percentage of clothes are not made to be “let out”, they just expect you to go to the next size - which they don’t make so guess what, no clothes for you fatty!
A fat person would shop at a normal store if they could - they can’t so plus stores exist for them. A thin person can shop at a normal store, so they don’t have to go near a plus size store. A thin person asking for smaller sizes is just in the wrong store. A fat person asking for bigger sizes is asking for something that every thin person already has: access to clothes that fit. Mistaking size discrimination for elitism is thin privilege. As is equating an attempt to provide equal access with “special treatment” or exclusivity. Additionally, viewing elitism as a positive thing, because you benefit in part from that exclusivity, is a part of being privileged.
Plus size stores are a necessary evil that exist because “regular” stores do not carry larger sizes. Thin people do not expect to find clothes at plus stores because they don’t need to. Do you really think there are thin people gazing with longing and envy into a Catherine’s or a Lane Bryant or a Torrid and wringing their hands that their body size has doomed them to ‘only’ shop at every other damn store in the mall? Oh please. They are grateful they don’t have to buy their clothes at a store for fatties. Thin people do not HAVE to go to plus size stores. The fact that they don’t is thin privilege.
Thin privilege is thinking that going and getting what you want is even close to being the same as having to go out of your way to get something you usually can’t have, but other’s always can.
Look at this freaking adorable Celtic handfasting! It’s just so great.
- They had been together 24 years by the time they got married
- They got married on the night of the blue moon
- They have a Goddess cake
There is so much freaking cuteness in this wedding. Check out more pictures here
Have some cute squoosh snoots and fat butt.
Such a fat snake! They look overweight actually…
Nope, that is a healthy looking ball python.
Balls are chubby worms with an itty bitty skinny stump I love them so much.