Posts Tagged fat discrimination

White privilege, the new girl in yoga class, and the intersections of fat discrimination


When I first read Jen Caron’s piece about the fat black woman in her yoga class, I cracked up. Perhaps I’ve been desensitized to white people finding issue with black people when they share spaces that they subconsciously accept to be for whites only–6 years at predominantly white universities will do that to you.  Jen’s interpretation of this experience was offensive to black women, certainly. And Pia Glenn, also from xoJane, thoroughly summed up all the reasons Jen’s bias was racist and fueled by white guilt. But it seems that folks are only briefly acknowledging that this entire situation was prompted by the fact that the new girl in class was a fat woman.


When I first read Jen Caron’s piece about the fat black woman in her yoga class, I cracked up. Perhaps I’ve been desensitized to white people finding issue with black people when they ...