thin privilege is having a two floor forever 21 and not having just one section in the corner that has stuff in your plus size.
In a word, no. I don’t deny that thin privilege exists, but we also need to stop blaming EVERY SINGLE DAMN THING on it. It is not thin privilege to shop at store that sells cheap clothes, and is freaking designed for teeny-boppers—people who are not yet grown women, and usually have smaller bodies. (Not that everyone that shops at Forever 21 aren’t grown women. However, the store really does cater to the teenage population.)
This is why there are plus size stores. Go to a store that carries clothing that fit you, and don’t complain that some stores don’t cater to your every need. If I go to Baby Gap, it is pretty obvious I won’t find clothing that fits me, but I’m not going to make a scene about it.
Also, coming from the other end, as someone who is 5’ 2” and under 100 lbs, I often have the opposite problem: that clothes are usually too big for me. I don’t go around telling people that this is TALL PRIVILEGE or FAT PRIVILEGE. I accept that not all clothing stores cater to me, and that is fine. I will go elsewhere to find clothes.
“[TW: rape culture]
When I was in college, a teacher once said that all women live by a ‘rape schedule.’ I was baffled by the term, but as she went on to explain, I got really freaked out. Because I realized that I knew exactly what she was talking about. And you do too. Because of their constant fear of rape (conscious or not), women do things throughout the day to protect themselves. Whether it’s carrying our keys in our hands as we walk home, locking our car doors as soon as we get in, or not walking down certain streets, we take precautions. While taking precautions is certainly not a bad idea, the fact that certain things women do are so ingrained into our daily routines is truly disturbing. It’s essentially like living in a prison - all the time. We can’t assume that we’re safe anywhere: not on the streets, not in our homes. And we’re so used to feeling unsafe that we don’t even see that there’s something seriously fucked up about it.”—Jessica Valenti (via cvltz)