Are you average looking? Well, prepare to feel bad. You are a part of a privileged class group, without you even knowing it. According to an article called, "3 Unfair Ways Being Perceived as Physically Average Privileges and Protects You," the writer Rebecca Leys posits that the "more 'physically average' I look, the more privilege I hold, and the easier it is for me to live in my community."
She elaborates on her theory below:
It’s not often that we unpack the concept of “average” when it comes to physical appearance.
In many feminist spaces, we make time to unpack the often idealized images we see in the media, and one thing I’ve noticed is that we often call out idealized images and media that demonizes or shames certain groups (for example, larger bodies), but we have yet to get to what it means to be seen as “physically average.”
Where I live, what is portrayed as “physically average” is not a true representation of the range of people who make up the society I live in.
According to the piece, here are some of the benefits to being average.
1. People who are “average” get to “fit into seats on public transport"
2. People who are average can “easily find things in non-specialty shops that are branded ‘nude,’ which pretty much accurately represents [her] skin tone.” A
3. People who are average can “go to the beach, wear a swimsuit, go for a run, eat a salad or a giant plate of chips, and it’s not something that incurs mocking, praise or shame."
I don't know. I just can't muster the energy to feel bad about being able to sit in a bus, buying nude panythose, or eating chips without fanfare. Though I can imagine being disabled or obese has its own set of challenges -- and people can be cruel -- the answer to the depravity of the human soul is not to try to make every person on earth feel bad about things they can't change. As Kat Timpf concluded, "There are benefits to fitting in. There are also benefits to standing out. It’s great to count and think about your blessings, but believe it or not, it’s totally possible to do that without making it about identity politics."
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