Writer Robby Tripp penned what he and thousands of others thought was a touching note about his "curvy" wife on Instagram. The post went viral and pretty quickly Tripp's post was getting national attention and praise for it's positivity towards full-figured women and bucking the stereotypes that only thin model types are truly physically beautiful. (See note below)
|| I love this woman and her curvy body. As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as "chubby" or even "fat." Then, as I became a man and started to educate myself on issues such as feminism and how the media marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean) I realized how many men have bought into that lie. For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc. Her shape and size won't be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it's the one featured in my life and in my heart. There's nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room. Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She's real. She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don't ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated. There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah. || photo cred: @kaileehjudd
However, it was only a matter of time before many people began pointing out that Robbie's post was still putting value on his wife based solely on her looks. For example, Julia Pugachevsky, an editor for Cosmopolitan magazine, shared a critical post that was liked by over 100,000 people.
strong contender for least fave type of male feminist is "man who thinks liking a curvy woman is revolutionary" pic.twitter.com/BzDhhiSHNA— Julia Pugachevsky (@jaypugz) August 3, 2017
Obviously, Robbie had good intentions with his post, but in the age of the internet you can't say anything without offending someone (or thousands of people). While his critics certainly have a valid point that liking someone based solely on looks of any kind is shallow, one glance at Tripp's other posts about his wife and you can see that's not the case here. For example, the post below that was posted before his post about her body went viral.
|| When I found my @sassyredlipstick, I didn't just fall in love with her for this pretty doll face or soft voluptuous figure, I fell in love with her confidence. I fell in love with her silent but notable strength. I fell in the love with her effortless knack to be the prettiest girl in the room due to her natural style and impeccable fashion sense. Even when we're at the beach, she manages to garner compliments from total strangers. There's no doubt about it, she's a born stunner. I'm proud to be the guy who gets to be by her side. || #TeamTripp
What do you think, was Tripp's note sweet or tone deaf??? Comment below!