From Elon James White Tuesday night.
This better have hundreds of thousands of notes at the end of the day or else
mainstream tumblr feminism may have many glaring faults but it has bred an army of teenage girls who understand the common ways that misogyny is reinforced in society and who know that they’re better off loving their fellow woman than fighting with her and that’s actually pretty damn revolutionary
This is unacceptable.
Don’t you just love America! *throws up*
Okay, yes. There is a fair bit of discrimination towards you for that body type. But look at the general picture of things. If you, for example, put me next to a thin or even average-bodied girl, and asked the average person whom they thought was more beautiful or healthier, probably 90% wouldn’t pick me. It’s a fact. Almost all of society is built around the idea of a thinner, skinnier body being more beautiful. So stores like Torrid and Lane Bryant are becoming so revolutionary for doing something not so groundbreaking at all.
I have been taken apart and rejected so many times because of my body’s size and shape. Guys have told me “you have a pretty face but I’m not attracted to your body.”
There is obvious discrimination and an easy-to-see double standard (esp when it comes to men’s behavior) considering women’s bodies, but the base line is built off of the fact that someone thinner than me has more privilege than me in this society. More things will fit them in stores, more people will find them attractive, more people will think they’re healthier than me (Even if they’re not—I work out, I eat right, etc and I know thin girls with high metabolisms who do neither—but which one of us do you think a stranger would pick to be the one living the more “health-conscious, active” lifestyle?), and they will be appreciated more than me, picked first for teams, approached first for dates and friendships, considered before me for jobs, all because of the way they look compared to me.
Thin privilege is definitely a thing and though I don’t 100% agree with what Nicki and Meghan did in their songs, you have to realize that what you as a thin person may feel now, hearing these songs, we, as thicker people, have to feel 24/7, all year, non-stop. You’re getting a taste of what our lives are like.
Nicki Minaj is an excellent and dynamic rapper, lyrically and stylistically, she’s topped charts in a male dominated space, she started from the absolute bottom and knows how to hustle and work her image, I don’t care whether you care for her style of music or not but if you dismiss her as a trash artist I’m gonna heavily side eye you