The Language of Thin Privilege

Male privilege and white privilege are more broadly familiar concepts than thin privilege, and the basic idea is similar: thin or not-fat bodies have unearned societal benefits because of their thinness or not-fat-ness.

The language of thin privilege may be something you’ve been searching for words for your whole life as a fat person, so I hope that the links below are as helpful to you as they have been to me.

Body image activist, speaker, and educator Melissa A. Fabello, PhD, has published a number of articles on thin privilege and it was her work at Everyday Feminism that introduced me to the terminology.

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff on Everyday Feminism about thin privilege, so feel free to check out the search results for more.

Ravishly also has a number of posts exploring the topic. Here are just three that I’ve checked out.

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