Hello, Tumblr. I want to tell you a little story. I’m 5’7” and 187 pounds at the time this photo was taken. That’s about 25-30 pounds overweight, and by no means an enviable place to be at. (I’m not complaining, though-I weighed 225 just a few months ago and, anyways, this isn’t the point of this post.)
My point is that what you’ve got here is a thigh gap. This is something young women (and men too, sometimes) all over the world starve themselves for. Hate themselves for not having. Obsess over and envy. I’ve seen countless pictures of a faceless pelvis with a couple inches of air separating the thighs, and it makes me so sick and sad to think of the thousands of poor babies who stare at these photos and think I’ll starve until I have that.
Here’s the thing, kiddos. These thigh gaps? They don’t mean anything. Like I said, I’m 25-30 pounds overweight. But all I have to do is stick my ass out like a duck and boom, instant thigh gap. It’s not real. It goes away when I stand normally. But how are you to know if the girls in these pictures are standing normally or adopting the same pregnant-goose stance I am? You can’t, and that’s the problem. So many of them are fake. They’re a completely unrealistic standard of beauty and mostly smoke and mirrors anyway.
I guess what I’m trying to say is you’ve got to love what you’ve got. I’ve got wide hips and relatively slender thighs for my weight. It’s purely genetic. You can be 100 pounds and still not have a thigh gap because you’ve got beautiful, slim hips. That’s ok. Alternatively, you can be burly and wide and thick all over but still have one because of your hip placement. That’s ok too.
All bodies are beautiful. All bodies are valuable. The most important thing is self-acceptance. Love yourself. Tell that snot-nosed, smartass voice in your head to go away because you’ve got better things to worry about.
Close your laptop. Ignore the pictures of those models who live on cigarettes and have a BMI of 17.5. You take those fat thighs and use them to smother societal norms of beauty. You go, girl. (or boy, as the case may be.) Kick some ass.
Little side note: this doesn’t apply to the poor souls cursed with a debilitating eating disorder. I know you can’t help it. I mean no disrespect and I wish you luck.24 notes · #personal #sorry for the rant #this means so much to me #i hope i'm not offending anyone #body love #thigh gap #self-acceptance #smash the patriarchy #love #health
Wednesday, July 3rd
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