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This is #thinprivilege - when thin people have it easier

"My colleague suggested someone I know who I should definitely meet on a blind date. When she showed me a photo of him, I just thought:‘ Oh no, not again. ’Because he was fat."

That's what my friend Lisa tells me. She tells me to show how people treat her as a fat woman. Completely automatically, without thinking too much.

"I'm fat. At least that's how everyone sees me. And fat doesn't mean attractive to most. That's why I'm automatically only suggested to other fat guys as dates. Because 'we' supposedly play in a different league."

What Lisa told me made me think. I find it cruel how Lisa is being pushed into the category "not so hot" by other people just because of her weight and then, if you please, should fit together with other people with whom she might just share the BMI.

But it also made me think because I have already caught myself thinking about such thoughts. I found myself pigeonholing people because of their body weight. Also in terms of character.

Being slim, or at least looking so, is the norm. It's the norm, and so it says something about people who are perceived as slim. A slim body is perceived as more beautiful, healthier, fitter, more disciplined. Whether the person is fit, healthy, disciplined or not.

This ideal of slimness applies especially to women. And it's not just an ideal - something we could ignore in everyday life. It determines our everyday life. Quite specifically.

For example: leaner women earn more than fat women.

This is what researchers at the Institute for the Future of Work have found out. In one study, they were able to show that women with a BMI of 21.5 earned the best in comparison. Overweight women were sometimes up to 12 percent below the content of the very slim ones.

"As the study shows, the chances of earning money steadily decrease with increasing weight. The scientists rule out that this is due to health effects, especially since they also took into account the state of health of the respondents in their analysis."

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According to the researchers, slimness is associated with attractiveness, and this has an impact on the assessment of work ability.

So if you are thin, you enjoy advantages that fat people do not have. Just because. This is called "thin privilege" by online activists - for example, "thisisthinprivilege" is collected on the Tumblr.

On Twitter, blogger Cora Harrington has just explained this phenomenon in a series of tweets.

"Hey, you don't have to feel thin to enjoy this privilege. Being thin is not a feeling. If other people perceive you that way, you are. If you can walk into a clothes store and find a whole range of suitable sizes, are you thin. "
"Nobody sees a photo of me online and tells me that I have to lose weight or looks at me dismissively when I eat something sweet."
"Nobody complains or rolls their eyes when they have to sit next to me on the bus or plane.
Nobody ever comments on my body. The ability to get through life without people telling you to lose weight ... if that's not something to worry about, that's a privilege. "
"Again: thin privilege just means that your life won't be made extra difficult BECAUSE of your weight. It means that your salary, your health insurance or your place on the plane are not defined by your weight."

Of course, "thin privilege" does not mean that thin people cannot be discriminated against by other physical characteristics. Anyone who has a big nose, blemished skin or protruding ears will also know disapproving or pitying looks and comments from fellow men. Just like people who are perceived as "too thin".

"But when I hear someone super slim say that she suffers from her frizzy curls, then I always think: 'Then go to the discrimination championship!'" Says Lisa when I talk to her about it.

"I don't want to take away anyone's body feeling," she explains, "but I want all the 'thin' people to finally see how naturally they perceive themselves as the norm. And how I feel when they treat me like a second-class person . Even if it is not meant badly. "

#thinprivilege - In which areas do thinner people still have advantages? Or do you see it completely differently?

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