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I thought of something last night.
I was doing research into “big&tall” men’s clothing, and finding some interesting articles that called into question why there weren’t more big & tall clothing options and appropriate models to display them. I discovered that I wasn’t the only person who wondered why the big&tall movement in men’s clothes hadn’t progressed at the same rate as the plus-size movement in women’s clothing. But, I digress.
One thing I kept seeing in the comments on these articles was a slew of self-proclaimed “skinny,” “thin,” “normal,” or “average-sized” people being up-in-arms over the fact that someone would dare expect there to be models that accurately represent them in the fashion world. A lot of these people also made it very clear how offended they were by phrases like “real women have curves” and how much it hurt when people voiced a preference to see models who were “a better representation of the average consumer.”
And as I read these comments, they started to sound familiar. I thought to myself, “Why are these people getting so upset? Sure, on occasion, someone might say something that goes a little too far. But in the long run, small-to-average-sized people are the ones who have all the opportunities in the clothing world. They can shop wherever they want. They can model whatever they want. They don’t have to dig through racks and racks of clothes to find something that fits. They don’t have to order all their clothes online. They don’t have to strategically plan out trips to one or two stores in their area that MIGHT carry something they can actually wear. They don’t have to wonder, “Will that article of clothing that fits on a child also look the same when I put it on myself?” Fashionably speaking, the world is theirs. Then it hit me:
"SKINNY PEOPLE ARE REAL PEOPLE, TOO!" = "WHITE PEOPLE CAN BE VICTIMS OF RACISM, TOO!"
Seriously. Hear me out.
Every time I hear a skinny person complain about being discriminated against for their size, I just imagine a group of upper-middle-class white people complaining about Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Or about how white people have a harder time getting into college because of the existence of scholarships for African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, or whatever. It’s kind of like, “Yes, that is something that exists, what is your fucking point?” Sure, people who are smaller can have their own size-related obstacles to overcome, just like white people can have their own race-related obstacles to overcome. But, ultimately, shut the fuck up and get the fuck over it. You’ve got such an enormous upper hand that you really don’t have a leg to complain on. If an airline ever throws you off a plane for being too skinny, then give me a call and bitch all you want. I’ll be listening.