Thin privilege and sterilization surgery

A dark blue background with this text faintly overlaid: "having privileges is not your fault - it does not make you a bad person - it is your responsibility to extend those privileges to everyone who lacks them." Layered on this is the text "thin privilege is...sterilization surgery" plus Lindley's logo.

Thin privilege is not being turned away from sterilization surgery like a hysterectomy based on your body size.

Yes, this is a thing that happens to some fat people.

It’s the duty of medicine to find ways to provide care for all people. A failure to provide equitable care is a failure of healthcare, not of patients’ bodies.

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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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Hi there! I'm Lindley. I create artwork that celebrates the unique beauty of bodies that fall outside conventional "beauty" standards at Body Liberation Photography. I'm also the creator of Body Liberation Stock and the Body Love Shop, a curated central resource for body-friendly artwork and products. Find all my work here at