This is Thin Privilege

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This xoJane article by Daisy sparked a firestorm this EST early-afternoon, with fat-feeling Daisy bemoaning her inability to feel skinnyandhot when hot-tubbing in Tahoe and spinning at the gym, thereby justifying why she’s “not okay with being fat” (and the rest of us need to be okay that she’s not okay with being fat). 

It might have been yet another skinny-obsessed article in the annals of the hundreds that get published every day, except:

  •  xoJane is a so-called feminist publication
  •  Daisy drops giant hints that this isn’t just about her self-perception, but about being fat. 
For instance:
Now I have to do something about it. You can’t tell the world you think you’re fat and then not lose weight. Or at least I can’t.
Then why use the generalized “you”? Why not make this entirely about yourself instead of trying to drag the rest of us into it? Or would that be entirely too narcissistic? This article is all about navel-gazing. Might as well go all the way. And no, I’m not particularly interested in gazing at your navel, fat or thin.
What bothers me lately, however, is that there doesn’t seem to be much room here for those of us who aren’t happy with the way we look and feel. I mean, it can’t just be me, right?
Um…go to pretty much any women’s magazine, e- or print. Are you really that threatened when one of the hundreds of publications dares to ‘overrepresent’ a body-image-positive viewpoint?

And, sorry, but there’s nothing worse than going to a class at the gym and realizing you’re the biggest girl there.

and

I am not writing this to get compliments or reassurance (or insults). I’m writing it because it’s how I feel and because I think it’s OK to want to improve one’s body. I’m writing it because I think xoJane underrepresents that point of view in an admittedly noble attempt to make us all feel equal and beautiful.

What I read in this: fat bodies are worse bodies (hence her ‘improvement’ by losing weight), and it’s ‘noble’ to ‘make us all feel equal and beautiful’ cuz, yanno, we aren’t actually equal and beautiful, but it’s nice to be charitable to the worser-offs.

Read it and the comments to see just how hard privilege fights back when it’s threatened. Privileged people can’t bear another viewpoint. They can’t bear having their preconceptions challenged. They can’t bear having choices that align with maintaining their privilege challenged by being put in a socially conscious context.

(it’s also incredibly class-privileged, but that’s fairly obvious)

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    This makes me sad because I feel like this might actually be a conversation worth having, if only it had been done in a...
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    May I also add that Ragen Chastain gave her own thoughts following Daisy’s article here. I also, believe it or not,...
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    i think the thing that’s the worst about this is the fact that so many people think that this is “refreshing” despite...
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    Thank you thank you thank you
  12. maggiemunkee reblogged this from fatbodypolitics and added:
    article in question. Then,...actually read it.Xojane, i’m
  13. winged reblogged this from bbwprincess and added:
    This makes me so disappointed because xojane is one of my favorites - it’s usually so good. And it makes me really sad...
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  16. fatbodypolitics reblogged this from red3blog and added:
    Read this.
  17. cutselvage reblogged this from nudiemuse and added:
    Self care action of today is not clicking on that article. Fuck you, Daisy. You’re a gross fat-shamer, and a rape...
  18. meggroniandcheese reblogged this from sugaryumyum and added:
    This writer sounds like a twit. Stop trying to rationalize your own self pity and negativity. After reading the entire...
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  20. backwardsandinheels reblogged this from nudiemuse and added:
    Clicked on the original article, and what gets me is that she’s not even fat. I don’t mean that in a “oh, you’re just...
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    there are not enough face-palms in the world
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    Ugh.
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    reblogged for commentary
  26. nudiemuse reblogged this from red3blog and added:
    ….. I tried to read it. And yeah no. Fuck sake.