Thin Privilege is something I struggle to write about because I've got it in spades, and always have had. I can see how much harder it is for my friends and relations who don't. They are often treated in a way that seems to come from no other place than their size. Fatshionista's thin privilege list is a good reminder/eye-opener if this is something you haven't thought about in a while or at all.
The only time I get more than a sense of how privileged I am to be thin is when I'm pregnant. When I'm pregnant I can tick a lot of the boxes on Fatshionista's list. People don't necessarily cut you much slack because you are pregnant (which is somehow more acceptable than being larger than a size 12, but still just a little bit vulgar, really). But I digress.
The thing about Thin Privilege is that as privileges go it's not all that awesome. For many of the bullet points on thin privilege lists, which I don't dispute at all, there is a correlating disadvantage for the thin. Maia chronicled one such incident last week, which I found particularly odd because now that I think about it I would have considered Michelle A'Court to be more in the Thin Club than out of it.
The Thin versus Not Thin dichotomy is yet another false division that just sets women against each other. We need to fight, together, against a culture which judges us on our physical appearance, whether that appearance is one that conforms or not. I think we can do that in a way that recognises that different women (and indeed men) face different issues as a result of the judgyness manifesting in different ways. At heart though it's all the same judgyness - one based on saying what you look like, the space you take up in the world and how you decorate it, is more important than what you do, say or think.