Sometimes my comics end up in random Buzzfeed listicles. This is how I imagine they get written.
“27 Romantic Screengrabs of Sexy Grandmas Eating Meatball Subs That Will Make You Pine For the 80s”
I am a team player.
I was stopped by an employee at a gym while leaving the gym. It ended up being a 45 minute long conversation. It started out with him asking me about my workout routine. When I told him about the training that I do, he said that I was “wasting my time” and that I’d never “get better” doing what I do. It turned into even more of a rant about the “obesity epidemic” and the issues that it causes. When I told him that I loved my body the way it was he flat out told me I was LYING! Then, he asked me if I ever stood in front of a full length mirror naked and noticed what I didn’t like about myself.
There’s more to it. So much more. A compilation of contradictions and a reflection of his brainwashing. I ended on the topic of respect because I was not going to get him to believe that fat doesn’t mean unhealthy. So, I told him that I hoped he spoke to thin people the way he spoke to me and that he needed to be more respectful to his overweight customers. I also emphasized that society should change its views and not be rude to others instead of making fat people feel guilty about the way that he looked. He said that this point-of-view glorified obesity and that he shouldn’t respect fat people because we “don’t respect people who urinate in public” (yes, he was really making this comparison).
I tried. Thin privilege is having people believe you when you make reasonable, logical arguments. Thin privilege is not being harassed by the employees at the gym. Thin privilege is being able to report this type of abuse and be taken seriously.
oh my god this exact scenario happened to me. Except I’m also a gym employee and I got into an argument with a personal trainer who INSISTED that I’m unhealthy (even though I’m not) and when I said “I love my body and the way I look” he said “Sure, keep telling yourself that, but it’s not possible.”
Like, go fuck yourself.
note to women: not all men are rapists but don’t dress like a whore and be responsible for your actions because all men are rapists
[submitted by dvclmn]