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Tumblr SJ league, need I say more? http://thisisthinprivilege.tumblr.com/

Read the first few posts and share your thoughts.
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Tbh, I really used to think people who are not thin to be lazy. And that they shouldn't complain when people call them fat because I thought it's their own fault that they turn out that way. While I still think they shouldn't be offended to be called fat (since it's a fact) I dislike people who put them down just because of that.
I admit I can be pretty mean to them since most chubbypeople I've met are short tempered and harsh (I once got my head slammed onto the wall by one of them but I think I deserved it).

Asides from my personal rant I don't really know what I think about it but to feel sorry..
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I am by all accounts, fat, but I am also fit.
I weigh 379.6 lbs, I did weigh ~420 lbs. not too long ago.
In middle school I was 300 ish, in high school, around 400.

As you can imagine, I was picked on a lot
Due to that I also had a temper problem. At one point when a kid became that last straw, I chased him down, and proceeded to break his rib cage from me knee dropping onto him, and almost broke his spine from several lifting him in the air and slamming his back onto my knee.
His crime? Throwing my backpack from the table to the ground during lunch.

I had to go into therapy with a psychiatrist and had to do extensive anger management therapy with a specialist. To this day I still follow and practice the advice given.

Anyway, since that, unfortunate event, the remaining time in middle school, the bullying shifted from physical to mental.
That followed me into high school, but that ended in a halt after I started lifting weights. Somehow the rumors spread and as rumors goes, some are made up. I was known as a murderer, killer, gang member, etc. Eventually it got so bad that parents out of concern for their perfect angels wanted me out. Few kids actually stayed home out of fear, granted one of them was from me scaring the shit out of him. He deserved it though.

Anyway, don't want to run off on a large rant, now days when somebody is being an ass towards me, I ignore it the best I can, I am afraid of having another episode that is aimed at a living person. The last time it was, I was lucky enough to have a teacher to tackle me off the kid, this time around, I am afraid somebody will not step up to stop me. If I am not allowed to ignore it, I do my best to diffuse the situation, and I am happy that in most cases somebody helps me diffuse the situation.

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Posted 10/12/13
I have friends who are fat, but it's always because of a legitimate medical reason (one of the guys got blown up by an IED 3x, has leg injuries, and stll tries his hardest to burn it off, another has asthma to the point he's not allowed to exercise because it could kill him). However, I hate the ones who cry because they are fat and never try to do anything about it. Have I ever been fat? No, my genetics, stress levels, intake/exertion levels, and diet have prevented me from that happening. I don't mind if you're fat and want to be friends (I'll never date a fat girl again after the last one), but don't cry about it.
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I think that being discriminated against because you're fat is bloody stupid. I know some people picked on one of my friends' weight although he is diabetic. I became even more annoyed about what they did when I saw him being rushed off in a wheelchair because he'd collapsed from a problem revolving around it. I honestly don't care if someone is fat or thin and wouldn't say 'you can't do this but that thin person can' unless there would be a serious problem such as something only being able to support a certain amount of weight.
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The circle of privilege includes more than race and gender. it sucks to be short, or fat, too old, or too young
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The tumbler pisses me off.

I've been overweight for years, yet it's my younger sister who receives alot of hassle, despite being tiny and slender. She get's called anorexic, twig, and "chicken legs" by her peers. They even targeted her teeth in middle and highschool, calling her names like "beaver." Her enjoyment of books/manga/anime was naturally brought to light. Thin privilege, my ass. People, especially middle and highschoolers, will zoom in on what they think a person is most sensitive about and maliciously attack. As for me? My former bullys targeted my temper, my yankee accent, my family's former vehicles, my bookworm/manga/anime habits, and my pallor. I don't recall my weight ever being the focus, except when I visited my former best friend's house for the first time. Her mother grabbed my waist and made fun of me for being what she calls "tiny."

Also, blaming "thin privilege" and attacking those who are slender is just as shallow and discriminatory as the bullying being complained about.
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You think fat people have it bad? People that are known morons have it way worse. Just try to be respected at work after everyone learns you're clueless. It doesn't matter how nice you look, how hard you work, or how friendly you are -- once you've established that you can't complete simple tasks, and have trouble putting together a discernible sentence, everyone treats you like a child (except for the other fools you work with... Or, I guess, "proficiency-challenged" might be a better term).

Being incompetent is much harder than being fat, and in my experience, it seems to occur in a larger number of people. Plus, if you're incompetent, everyone assumes you're just too lazy to think. At least fat people have things like thyroid problems and genetics -- everyone just assumes that idiots have nobody to blame but themselves. But that's not true! I've friends that descend from long lines of pinheads -- they're genetically predisposed for ineptitude! I know this guy at work. His manager is always on his case, telling him things like "you need to show up on time!" and "make sure you log in the numbers correctly!" Once, he was told multiple times to fill out a form. Yet I was only told once. What, so just because I do the job that I'm paid to do means I get a free pass? And he gets chewed out? Does that sound fair to you? Competent Privilege is not being told to do something seven times, just because you've already done it.
Posted 10/12/13 , edited 10/12/13
If you're not one thing, you're another. To people, you can't win either way, in any way.
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aeb0717 wrote:

The tumbler pisses me off.

I've been overweight for years, yet it's my younger sister who receives alot of hassle, despite being tiny and slender. She get's called anorexic, twig, and "chicken legs" by her peers. They even targeted her teeth in middle and highschool, calling her names like "beaver." Her enjoyment of books/manga/anime was naturally brought to light. Thin privilege, my ass. People, especially middle and highschoolers, will zoom in on what they think a person is most sensitive about and maliciously attack. As for me? My former bullys targeted my temper, my yankee accent, my family's former vehicles, my bookworm/manga/anime habits, and my pallor. I don't recall my weight ever being the focus, except when I visited my former best friend's house for the first time. Her mother grabbed my waist and made fun of me for being what she calls "tiny."

Also, blaming "thin privilege" and attacking those who are slender is just as shallow and discriminatory as the bullying being complained about.


Just because YOU haven't been bullied for your weight doesn't mean thin privilege isn't a thing. Thin privilege doesn't mean that no thin people ever get judged for being thin, it means that thin people are generally perceived better by society than larger people.
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Posted 10/12/13

justapersonwatchinganime wrote:


aeb0717 wrote:

The tumbler pisses me off.

I've been overweight for years, yet it's my younger sister who receives alot of hassle, despite being tiny and slender. She get's called anorexic, twig, and "chicken legs" by her peers. They even targeted her teeth in middle and highschool, calling her names like "beaver." Her enjoyment of books/manga/anime was naturally brought to light. Thin privilege, my ass. People, especially middle and highschoolers, will zoom in on what they think a person is most sensitive about and maliciously attack. As for me? My former bullys targeted my temper, my yankee accent, my family's former vehicles, my bookworm/manga/anime habits, and my pallor. I don't recall my weight ever being the focus, except when I visited my former best friend's house for the first time. Her mother grabbed my waist and made fun of me for being what she calls "tiny."

Also, blaming "thin privilege" and attacking those who are slender is just as shallow and discriminatory as the bullying being complained about.


Just because YOU haven't been bullied for your weight doesn't mean thin privilege isn't a thing. Thin privilege doesn't mean that no thin people ever get judged for being thin, it means that thin people are generally perceived better by society than larger people.


My problem is the posts from people who seem to have the misconception that slimmer people are shallow and bigoted, and that they have it easy. That's what's pissing me off.
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What is thin and what is fat? Are we discussing weight in terms of sexual attraction, or health, or public perception or something else?

I would like to see our society become less focused on weight and more focused on health. Beyond that I don't think there is much I can add.
Posted 10/12/13
When talking about fat vs thin what we really are talking about is aesthetics..not health. But I can't deny thin is everything..to hell with health! Where's my meth?! I'm now arm candy for a star! Maybe I am a star!
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Instead of being mad about other people being thin, how about you stop being fat and make a good change in your life?

Sorry but if you're fat, you're definitely not healthy or fit, even if you order a diet coke with that triple baconator. Genetics aren't an excuse either, and the same goes for thyroid problems. Thyroid problems have been shown to account for 5-10 lbs of body fat and that's it. Being fat or thin is just about calories in vs. calories out.
You can literally lose weight and still get fast food as long as you watch your caloric intake by using something like Myfitnesspal. Of course going to the gym and doing some squats, deadlifts, and a little cardio will help too.

It all comes down to if you want it or not. You can either clime the mountain or complain that someone else is.
Posted 10/12/13
Yeah, boo hoo hoo, because I was never told to gain weight, eat more, or made names of by parents, aunts, uncles, teachers and janitors for being thin. Or bullied, harassed and villanized by my peers for being pretty and popular, or for being from a different part of the country. My parents never said that I could not possibly be their son. I was never left to take care of myself when I was five. I never had an alcoholic stepfather. I never had a psychopathic stepfather who isolated me for a year. And I was never sexually harassed, molested and assaulted by women, many of which were not much older than me. The neighbor's fourteen year old daughter did not pin me to the bed and unzip my pants against my will when I was nine years old. I never had strangers, acquaintances, and family make lewd comments about me or touch me inappropriately. And a strange forty year old lady did not climb naked in my bed one night when I was fifteen. My father did not call the cops on me because I didn't obey his every command like a lapdog. And my mother did not tell me that I was ugly and repulsive, or try to kill me once with a pair of scissors.

If being fat is the only horror you've experienced in your life, grow up, and grow a spine while you're at it. We've all been through shit. The world sucks. Get over it.
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