(cont’d) I’m honestly not trying to be rude or say you should change your blog. I just wanted to put it out there that skinny people get shit too
The reason we “get” so much body positivity is because we actually get a fuckton more body negativity. Putting a focus on fat bodies in body positivity as well as fat positivity is not meant to exclude anyone; in fact, it’s the exact opposite. Too often I have seen people, organizations, and movements talk the body posi talk, but they actually only include the sorts of bodies that are already considered good, attractive, desirable, etc, by most of society - thin, conventionally pretty bodies.
Having people assume you have a condition just based on how you look is really messed up, and I totally sympathize with you because the same thing happens to me all the time. Healthcare professionals, co-workers, family, and even complete strangers will assume they know something about my health just because of the body I have. It is so frustrating, and it just doesn’t make sense - someone’s appearance doesn’t determine their health. We are on the same side in that respect: both of us want people to stop making judgments about our health based on our bodies. The difference, of course, is that much of the world strongly prefers and favors your body type.
And, yes, I know that skinny people get shit, too. I know because I’ve heard those comments directed at my friends. I know because women’s bodies are always scrutinized and then heavily criticized for every perceived flaw. I also know because whenever we fat people talk about being fat, loving your fat body, fat acceptance movements, and so on, skinny people come crawling out of the woodwork to say “but skinny people!!!” That’s one of the reasons we have fat-specific body posi spaces: because hearing those people with socially acceptable bodies complain about how hard they have it is really freaking annoying.
There are lots of body positive blogs, movements, and organizations out there that encompass a wide range of body types. I encourage you to seek them out and see bodies like yours celebrated along with everyone else’s.
Look, sometimes I can be nice.