An immediate reaction to a word can be instructive.
When I first heard the use of privilege, to represent an unfair societal advantage, I baulked at it.
I knew what it was getting at, it wasn't that it was wrong. But it also felt like the emphasis was unbalanced. As it emphasises what you gain over what you lose.
More than anything else I can think of the term 'thin privilege' exhausts the idea of privilege.
Does it actually exist?
I have to say, I cannot see any tangible gain over and above what you would lose in trying to cash in on your privilege.
It may give some extra leeway in being treated badly in some ways, but the absence of being downgraded, is not getting something you don't deserve. It's just the other person is not getting what they should expect. Getting out of some ill treatment, in itself, is not my idea of privilege.
Reaching for the tantalising prospect of the appearance of superiority for merely being thin, automatically loses you something more precious, the feeling that as you are, you are wholly worthwhile.
If we are not born with high self esteem, we are at least born with the absence of it occurring to us that we should dislike ourselves. We are thoroughly absorbed in the business of our continuing survival. By default therefore, we feel worthy of that survival.
Being able to reconnect with that feeling would be seen by a lot of people as a huge rise in their self esteem.
There is no privilege to being thin, apart from the absence of fat shaming and even that has gone down the swanee, because going along with the shaming of others, is what prepares you to be shamed and ashamed yourself.
You have been both cheated and corrupted.
One of the greatest barriers to invoking shame in someone, is them not feeling ashamed of themselves.
The thin shaming of today anyhow is really just fat shaming in disguise.
Body shaming perpetuates the idea that women should expect to account for their bodies at all times to anyone with the impertinence to demand it of them.
The only real win is to dispense with both the fantasy of wining because you're thin and the reality of losing because you are fat. Both must go, along with any idea that anyone should have to apologise or explain being thin.
As far as I can tell - thin privilege as a privilege where you gain more than you lose; doesn't exist.
Anything that sells you false superiority also unwinds the idea that as you are, you are good enough, needing to pretend you are 'better' means you cannot just be. Even if you do not consciously notice this loss, you will be aware of it at some level, you will chase and try and make good on it.
Knowing that if you become in any way like the bad other, you will be subject to the same a they're getting, is upsetting and unnerving.
That is why many wise slim people would touch 'thin privilege' with a ten foot pole. The illusion is all around, but they instinctively know better.