More Reasons Why I’m not Impressed With the Fat Acceptance Movement

13 Feb

You know something that annoys me about ‘thin privilege’? The fact that being able to find clothes that fit is listed as an example of thin privilege. Try being 6’2 as a woman and finding clothes off the rack that fit. It doesn’t matter how skinny you are, it’s not easy. That’s the irony: that for the supposedly ideal body type, very tall and lean, it’s not any easier to find clothes.

Now, I could see including tall people under the definition of plus-sized (since in a way, they need plus-sized clothes (only plus in length, rather than in width) but no one in the fat acceptance movement seems to realize that no, not all thin women can find clothes that fit.

In addition, I have known girls so skinny that, even being of an average height, they couldn’t fit into most adult women’s clothes for sale. And buying clothes off the children’s rack was not an option, because the clothes were too short.

So really, it would be nice if the fat acceptance movement would be accurate and stop listing the clothes thing as an example of “thin privilege” when it’s really an example of “have a body shape that is both common AND accepted as attractive by society”.

Lean with large breasts is also a supposedly ideal type, so it’s entirely possible to look ‘thin’ ( because lots of fat on the breasts somewhat gets a free pass for being an attractive feature) and not be able to fit into any dresses in an 18 or under, because most dresses aren’t designed for someone with a very great difference in bust and waist measurements.

In summation, my point is: being able to buy standard size’s is not a universal feature of being “thin”. So please take things like this:

  1. You can expect to pay reasonable prices for your clothing.
  2. You can expect to find your clothing size sold locally.
  3. You can expect to find clothing in the latest styles and colors instead of colorless, shapeless and outdated styles meant to hide your body.

Off of the “thin privilege” list, for accuracy’s sake if for nothing else. It just goes to show that while non-fat people may not know what it’s like to clothes shop a as fat person, fat people don’t know very well what it’s like to clothes shop as a thin person. It’s pretty ignorant to imagine finding clothes is all sunshine and rainbows for anyone who isn’t fat.

4 Responses to “More Reasons Why I’m not Impressed With the Fat Acceptance Movement”

  1. Egeria19 February 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I’m just going to toss this one out there….I am still wondering why it is so hard for me to find non-stretch legging style pants that fit my daughter properly.

    She’s eight years old, quite slim, and slightly small for her age. I have tried her in a number of styles of jeans and corduroys, but they all seem to require more hip than my daughter has. The elastic-style “adjustable waists” never seem to adjust well enough to both fit her well and modestly and be easy for her to take off and put back on. It was worse when she was younger and slighter. So, I cling to one navy blue and one grey pair that I’ve found while thrifting, and she wears dress and legging combos for all the other school days. Her teacher says it’s because nowadays children’s styles are based on teen styles, which are based on adult styles…..very tiresome.

    • Barnacle Strumpet February 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      I’m not surprised… it’s a wonder anyone can find clothes that fit these days. I wonder if they’re basing them on real humans at all…(and by real, I don’t even mean skinny, I mean any actual human shape). I’ve met people of all ages and sizes, skinny, average, fat, and few can easily find clothes that fit well and are attractive.

      Have you considered looking at boy’s pants for your daughter? I know they’re often plainer, but they’re a lot more slim-hipped. Some of them are pretty much indistinguishable from girl’s pants as far as the fashion aspect.

      It is very tiresome…

  2. canbebitter March 1, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Great points, although it probably doesn’t roll off the tongue as well!

    • Barnacle Strumpet March 3, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Thank you! I’m pretty critical of the things listed on privilege lists, if only because a bunk, illogical item is so likely to send someone off thinking the whole thing is bullshit.

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