This is Thin Privilege

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"Fictional Fat People!" Submissions By Trolls

Some troll submits:

Thin privilege is not walking into your living room at the age of 9 to discover that your mom, teachers, and friend’s parents are sitting in the room.  I was told that they were holding an “intervention” for my weight, and while I tried to explain that it was genetics, my mom brushed it off with “no, sweetie, you’re just fat.” They revealed that I would be sent to a weight management camp.  

Thin privilege is not being starved at the weight management camp, being fed only a protein bar for dinner and tofu pudding for dessert.  When I tried to escape, I was captured in an ice cream truck (fat shaming much?) and forced to come back to the terrible camp.  Eventually, I had to get myself in trouble in order to leave the camp, and I have not forgiven my mom for the experience.

Or, it’s a South Park episode. 

Which doesn’t really matter, because the reason fiction is compelling (though absurdity is often thrown in for comic relief or dramatic tension) is because it’s based on real stuff that actually happens.

So the trolls who keep submitting fictional accounts of fat characters* getting abused and discriminated against, congratulations. You’ve merely proved the point that fat discrimination is so deeply woven into our culture that the vast majority of even fictional fat characters have stories of discrimination to tell.


*Of course, the trolls think that submitting fictional accounts of fat people being discriminated against somehow “proves” that the other contributions we get are fictional or embellished somehow. This is really the extent to which they go to delude themselves that fat discrimination isn’t real — by actually engaging in the activity that they hope this blog engages in in order to absolve themselves of the guilt they feel for being hopeless fuckwads with tiny shriveled raisins for souls.