Good friend of mine drew this for a fat-positive, body-positive beach event her friend was holding. Thought it was worth sharing.
NO. i do NOT want to see this. and i’m not going to apologize for it. because if i can work hard to make myself look as good as i do, then so can everyone else. and if they want to be lazy- i’m not the one who should be punished. i hate seeing women at the beach in next to nothing when it’s OBVIOUS they should be wearing a cover up. like seriously.. you don’t SEE yourself when you look in the mirror? wtf is your problem?
No, just no. You’re the one with the problem. If you can’t take pride in yourself without some arbitrary bullshit number attached to your dress size, that’s your issue, not mine, and not the artist’s, and not the thousands of people who supported and reblogged this image.
If you don’t like how people look in their swimsuits, you don’t have to look. The world is not here simply for your shallow, small-minded entertainment.
Anyone else want to let this person know how ill-informed they are?
Ok so, generally I believe that people are entitled to their opinion and I’d honestly be willing to give benefit of the doubt but when generalizations that imply that everyone that is overweight is simply lazy or overweight by choice then, nope, sorry, I can’t.
I don’t really talk about my weight much online because due to my very short stature when I mention how much I weigh or how I’ve been struggling with a sudden increase in weight with no explicable reason, and people hear the specific numbers they go, “oh but that’s a normal weight” and ignore the fact that based on my height and general bone mass, it’s not, at all. I am incredibly self conscious and even when I WAS sickly thin, I still hid my body. However I want to say that I am not lazy. I used to walk to work every day. I bike now, because my asthma’s gotten worse and it’s easier to bike then walk (in the sense that it takes me less time to get to where I am going). When I lived with my parents I used to run on their treadmill every day. I have and use work out dvds that range from Jillian Micheal’s and “Biggest Loser” to Beachbody, some of the toughest, most intense workouts available, mixing cardio and weights for strength training and rigorous diets. My ex boyfriend, who practices martial arts, used to train me every weekend. I count my calories and try to never eat anything above 1200. Sometimes, I even try to just eat 700. I have a gluten and lactose intolerant, and I have IBS, so I can’t eat anything with diary, gluten, or high fat content. I replace all sugar with Stevia or those other “organic natural sugar whatever” types. I try to eat only white meat, fish, and veggies. Starchy foods such as potatoes and bread/pasta-type carbs also upset my stomach thanks to the IBS. Finally, as a result of the IBS, despite trying to eat very carefully and eating healthier food than most people I know, my stomach is STILL irritated almost every single day and I involuntarily throw up almost every single thing I eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. I’ve had phases where I’ve only been able to eat crackers as despite the gluten, as they have the least effect, and nothing but.
Despite ALL of that, I have been consistently gaining weight for the last 3 years or so now, for unexplained reasons. While I still generally fit into most of the clothes I used to wear, I’ve gone from being “extra small/small” to “medium/large” and despite having had a breast reduction surgery when I was in college, my breasts have grown to close the same size they were pre-surgery. My entire body seems to have swollen and bloated as if someone had pumped me full of air, like a balloon and nothing I do will cause it to go down or stop. My face seems to be about the only thing that’s remained more or less the same, but even then I can see some swelling and bloating that was not there before.
I am not lazy. I eat right. I exercise despite having severe asthma. I obsess over my calories and over the way I look. I don’t have a car so my ONLY choices are walking/biking + public transport. I am Puerto Rican so I have curves. I have two bikinis. I don’t wear them. I am going on vacation to visit my parents back home soon and I plan on hitting the beaches. I already bought a black two piece “minimizing” suit, the type that looks like a one piece because top has a long front panel to “hide” the belly. I also have a black women’s swim trunk, to go over my legs because I hate my thighs, as they’ve had stretch marks since I was a teenager and weighed 89 pounds, and rubbed together even then. I cover myself with a t-shirt and jeans or a short OVER the bathing suit and swim trunk already, except when in the water. I do all this already because I am already self-conscious enough about my body, and I already fear that people are starting, commenting and thinking about how fat I think look. I’ll be dammed if I’m expected to cover up even more. Especially when I am the farthest thing from lazy.