Fatphobia - the socially acceptable form of bigotry against higher weight people - has far reaching impacts, both for people who are in larger bodies and those who aren’t. One of the less-discussed impacts is how fatphobia impacts how we see, understand and experience gender.
In our fatphobic culture, fat feminine people may be seen as possessing traits that are traditionally (and problematically) associated with masculinity. In our fatphobic culture, fat masculine people may be seen as possessing traits that are traditionally (and problematically) associated with femininity. Why are these culturally-assigned traits being labeled as problematic? Because assigning behaviors and aesthetics to one gender exclusively is not only stifling, confusing, not-particularly-scientific, and anxiety-inducing for everyone, it can also lead to discrimination or even violence for people who deviate from those expectations.