Thin privilege is having options.
Thin privilege is having options for cargo pants, for kayaks, for bras, for in-store shopping, for hiking pants, for boots, for horseback riding, for androgynous clothing, for swimsuits, for cars, for desk chairs.
It’s never having to conduct panicked research to figure out which seat on the bus or the airplane is the least likely to be excruciatingly painful or subject you to abuse from your seatmates, because you have the choice of any seat.
It’s having more than one choice of dentists whose chairs accommodate you. It’s having more than one choice of doctors who will treat you and not abuse you. It’s having more than one choice of surgeons.
It’s having the option to pursue knee surgery, gender-affirming surgery, or treatment options for health conditions beyond “just lose weight.”
Privilege is unearned, but it’s not something you need to feel bad or guilty about. Let’s work to extend those privileges to the most marginalized bodies, too.
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