In just seven tweets, a US writer managed to nail what it is to have thin privilege.
Importantly, you don’t have to “feel thin” to have this privilege, Cora Harrington says.
Harrington’s series of tweets have since been liked and retweeted by thousands of social media users who found her definition to be accurate and refreshing.
The Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear & Love Lingerie author started by pointing out that “thinness isn’t a feeling” and that the term applies much more broadly than people might realise.
“If other people perceive you as thin, you are thin. If you are able to walk into any clothing store and expect to see a wide range of options in your size, you are thin.”
My job involves looking at photos of models who are much thinner than me, so I rarely “feel” thin.
But I can walk into almost any clothing store and expect – without even thinking about it – to buy something in my size. That is thin privilege.
— Cora Harrington (@lingerie_addict) July 22, 2018
By that definition, anyone ranging in size from a 6 to a 16 could have thin privilege – that is, that they are not discriminated against for their size.
Harrington, who identifies as having thin privilege, further explains that this doesn’t mean your life is “easy” or that “no one ever made fun of your appearance”.
“It means societal discrimination and prejudice does not target you for being thin. It means your weight/body type are seen as ‘normal’.”
For instance, she says: “No one looks at a photo of me online and tells me I need to lose weight or sees me out and about eating a cookie or an ice cream cone and sneers at me in disgust.”