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Thin privilege is being able to reveal your invisible disability in public without people assuming you are disabled because of your body shape.
Thin privilege means not having to forge on through pain and sickness because you are too ashamed to reveal that you have an invisible disability.
Thin privilege is knowing that people are not assuming that you choose to be disabled.
Thin privilege means never having angry people accuse you of not having a real disability.
Thin privilege means not having people deny you use of a wheelchair because they are only for ‘real disabled people’, roll their eyes or mutter loudly if you use a mobility aid in public, or yell at/threaten you when you use facilities for disabled people because ‘if you weren’t fat and lazy you wouldn’t need this!’
Thin privilege means finding a wheelchair that you can fit into.
Thin privilege means never having your nearest and dearest delicately suggest that your disability might be made worse by your size, even though they already know a) it wasn’t caused by your size in the first place, b) your disability makes it practically impossible to lose weight, even temporarily.
Thin privilege means not having medical people refuse treatment for your non-weight-related disability because your inability to lose weight makes them brand you as ‘non-compliant’.
Amazing, amazing post. The bodies of disabled people are often erased in our discussions of body positivity and fat positivity, which is really inexcusable.