The assumption that thinness, narrow features, and wealth=trustworthiness might bite you in the butt
You know, I hate to say it, but when people fall for racism, jump into a big vat of it, and then start drowning, I let out a full-throated laugh. White supremacy is the flipside of racism, or maybe its foundation, and that’s why I’m speaking about them interchangeably. So, when Consuelo Rivero Hoyos tricked rich executives to hand over their life’s earnings on a silver platter, I chuckled. But, let’s do a bit of background.
Diet Culture and White Supremacy
Many people are steeped in white supremacy. Take me, for instance. In graduate school, I began fasting because there weren’t enough hours in the day to eat, sleep, and do my assignments, so I figured, why not spend the hours I would have spent cleaning and cooking and put them into the library? I lost 10 pounds that summer, but that wasn’t the intention. I read everything and never missed an assignment. I was also a vegan.
Last year, when I was whining about my love handles, my boyfriend sent me a short documentary describing how diet culture and thinness are products of, you guessed it, white supremacy. In the video, professor Harriet Brown says,
“To be thin and to be white was to be original, like one of the original settlers. And it was to be godlier and it was to be better. I think it’s really interesting the way it intersects with weight issues. It’s not coincidental.”
Dieting, and its product, thinness, fits nicely with the protestant idea of hard work, restraint, and even the value of suffering. On the other hand, being large (and Black) was associated with being lazy, immoral, and gluttonous. But, now I’m going off-topic. You might ask, what does this all have to do with the Tinder Swindler?
Thin Features and White Supremacy
Let me explain. Roughly two weeks ago, South American news was splashed with the story of an attractive woman, Consuelo Rivero Hoyos, who dated wealthy men and tricked them into forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars to her.
Turns out, she had spent jail time for fraud in her native country, Colombia, and then hopped over to…