Eleithyia (eleithyia) wrote in wls_sizeaccept,

Skinny privilege

All my life, I've been able to experience white privilege.  Sure, I'm Jewish, but I'm not semetic looking.  I can pass for WASP (or the Catholic equivelent)  easily.  I've had Britts assume I was Irish for crying out loud. 

I've also experienced straight privilege.  Even in the times I was dating a woman, I've always been femme and the straight world wouldn't know unless they caught us making out or something.  Now I'm married to a man, was able to marry with no problem, and the straight priv. continues.

Now I'm postulating that there is a thing called skinny privilege.  Thinner people are treated differently in our society then fat people.  At my highest weight, no one would sit next to me if at all possible on a bus.  Guys didn't hold doors for me, and in fact, moved out of my way.  I know I was the target of laughs and jests, cause let's face it, fat people are still ok to pick on.

Now, 40 lbs later, I get random flirts.  I get doors held for me.  I get smiles in hallways and random "hi"s. Eye contact instead of looking away.   People sit next to me on the shuttle bus.  Nobody smirks (that I can tell) at my looks. 

I'm the same person.  Hell, it's only been 6 months.  Now I "fit it".  Now I'm a curvy girl, not a fat girl.  And, guess what?  I'm still over 200 lbs.  Although I like the attention and flying "under the radar" it doesn't feel right.  It doesn't feel natural.

Any thoughts?  Does anyone else feel this way?  Or am I just experiencing too much liberal guilt.  LOL

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