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How one woman's viral Twitter thread nails exactly what thin privilege is.

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.”

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.”

“No one groans or rolls their eyes when they have to sit next to me on a plane or a bus.”

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But that’s exactly the kind of behaviour from others that some people face all the time.

The blogger says she is making her point, because body positive influencers may not understand that even if they aren’t a size 8, they still enjoy a privilege that those who don’t meet society’s definition of a “normal” body do not.

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While many where cheering for the writer, some people still suggested that being super thin could be just as much as a disadvantage.

Which is where others stepped in to reiterate Harrington’s words that it doesn’t mean your life is easy, it just means you aren’t treated differently because of your size in your day-to-day life.

Have you encountered discrimination because of your body size?

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