(Amendment at end.)
Today, I learned that I have thighs of glory. This does not mean my thighs are skinny, because they are not and they never will be. Skinny thighs give me the creeps. A “gentleman” walking about downtown Ann Arbor exclaimed upon seeing my pasty, glorious thighs, that they were, in fact, “Sweet and juicy.” My first reaction, as always, was to get incredibly angry. I generally get hypermasculine, start swearing, and calling people dudes when I am approached in this manner. As you might imagine, I do not like being approached by random men who want to comment on my specific body parts and their potential “uses.” Instead, I simply laughed at these strange and utterly creepy proclamations of my thigh’s awesomeness.
I thought to myself, “Here I am, a slightly-less-fat-than-average person with well-developed leg muscles (mostly the calves), pasty skin, a partial sunburn on my forehead, jiggly thighs, and fairly low self-esteem. Yet, this possibly drunk man has enjoyed the show (by show, I mean that I walked by in longer-than-apparently-average shorts). Maybe, I will just laugh at this and be thankful that someone out there still understands that thighs are meant to be thick, strong, and fleshy. Thighs should look like thighs.”
I would much rather have Beyonce’s thighs of glory (however pastier, less toned, and altogether less glorious), than skinny thighs (ahem, LeAnn Rhimes, Victoria Beckham, Kiera Knightly, almost every model, and Miley Cyrus). I would rather look like Serena Williams than a 12-year-old. Skinny thighs are for children. Thick thighs are for women.
Seriously, how great does Beyonce look? This lady helped bring back the popularity of thicker thighs, and I am thankful. The ladies who write this blog are fans of curves. Curves are normal. Beyonce is clearly above average in all ways, but I think we need to remember the glory of “sweet and juicy thighs.”
Serena Williams could destroy us all with her thighs. I feel pretty good about that. She is strong and sexy; her presence in pop culture is good for women with curves.
I know that this post may seem a bit strange. *After all, I did get inspiration from a drunken cat call.* However, it is somewhat comforting that people are appreciating pale, fleshy thighs. That’s all.
After reading some comments, I realize that this post needs clarification. Thin thighs are not “unacceptable,” “horrible,” nor are they somehow inherently “bad.” It is not bad to be a thin person. No one is a villain simply having thin thighs.
What is bad and scary, then?
It is bad and scary to push a body to extremes. It is bad to glorify thinness above all else. It is bad to glorify unhealthy habits that push people into unhealthy weights. Just as a person can be too fat, a person can be too thin. Both are bad. The thing, not a lot of people are striving to be fat. A lot of people are spending their days and nights obsessing over being thin at any price. A lot of people have blogs and tumblrs devoted to “thinspo” with all kinds of ways to get skinny. There are too many little girls and women out there who hurt themselves to achieve a level of thin that is not healthy for them.
That said, making thin women the villain is wrong.
Thin women just so happen to be thin. Many people want to be thin, and that’s okay. But wanting to be thin, or wanting to have Beyonce’s thighs, at any cost… that’s scary.
Also, Beyonce is amazing.