So, there's this little thing called 'SWIMSUIT SEASON' that is fast approaching or maybe is already here. I don't know the exact DATE it arrives, but regardless, it's apparently PRETTY IMPORTANT to a lot of women out in the world.
(Note: I am a BIG fan of CAPITALIZING things, so yawl <--[what?] just accept it.)
I get the whole hype of it and how it's a reminder on nearly EVERY SINGLE magazine gearing towards women right about now and probably until August.
"LOSE 10 POUNDS IN 2 WEEKS",
"GET READY FOR BIKINI SEASON WITH THIS NEW MEAL PLAN"
"SHAPE UP FOR THE SUMMER"
Same stuff, same headlines, EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.
My question is, DON'T THEY GET TIRED OF PRINTING THAT?
Sure, I want to look good in a swim suit, even if that swimsuit is a one-piece with control top because, folks, I do NOT look like Keira Knightly. But the constant reminder of people that they should lose weight in order to look decent in a swim suit (regardless of what kind) is a representation of how our society works, I think. Magazines are hung up on reminding people that, YOU NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT; GET THIN AND THEN YOU'LL LOOK GOOD IN A SWIMSUIT.
Why should women feel that the only way they'll look good in a bikini or swim suit or WHATEVER is if they lose weight? Does every woman have to be the ideal stick-thin that's become the norm?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH CURVES? LOVE HANDLES? LITTLE POCKETS IN OUR TUMMIES?
I don't know about you, but the only time my stomach is uber flat is first thing in the morning before I eat anything. Or if I go a whole day without eating. Which is rare. Read: never.
Granted, there are those select few who are actually genetically built with a skinny frame and body. To those women, I pity and envy you simultaneously (think Keira Knightly).
Let's see...would you rather go ALL DAY without eating just so you look spectacular in a ini mini yellow polka dot bikini with a flat stomach and nausea due to lack of food, OR would you prefer feeling full of energy and life the ENTIRE DAY with a comfortably full stomach that is listened to when it growls.
Why does anyone need to lose weight? It it's to feel better both physically and mentally, then fine. I say go for it. But if it's to fit better in society and the so-called "ideal body", then that's not necessarily a healthy mentality to have.
For me, I am a one-piece-suit-kind-of-girl ALL. THE. WAY.
Let's be honest here, my belly button hasn't seen the light of day since I stopped wearing tankinis in the first grade.
Ever tried jumping off the diving board without your tankini top riding up to expose your ENTIRE FRONT?
So, to all those skinny-ass-phalt girls strutting their lack-of-stuff around this summer in itsy bitsy bikinis, I say go eat some peanut butter.
Love your body for what it has done for you your entire life so far. DON'T hate on it just because it isn't following the twisted social acceptance of what's known as the perfect body.
Yeah, that advice is easier said than taken, I know. REALLY, I DO. I struggle with this pretty much every day. I mean, HELLO. STILL WEARING A ONE-PIECE HERE.
Maybe someday I'll bare the holy belly button to the world.
Or maybe not.
REGARDLESS, it won't be due to shame of my body.