The body positivity movement is on the upswing, and men are finally getting with the program! Author and activist Robbie Tripp recently shared to his wife, Sarah, on Instagram, embracing her beauty and body as it is, and encouraging other women to love themselves for who they are, too.
Tripp, who’s also given a on narcissism and millennials, writes that he’s been attracted to curvier women since he was a teenager. And while he remembers being teased for liking women who didn’t fit a “very specific standard of beauty,” growing up and learning more about how mainstream standards of beauty are created showed him it wasn’t him who was wrong, it was society.
“I love this woman and her curvy body,” wrote San Francisco-based Tripp. “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.”
Sarah, who is a , has written extensively on the issue of body positivity, particularly on the in which we use the word “fat”. In one of her own , she writes: “I may HAVE fat, but I am not fat. And neither are you!”
Responding to her husband’s post, she wrote on her blog: “So lucky to have a man who has loved me and celebrated me for who I am since the day I met him.”
More and more women—like these artists from Europe and Australia—are feeling empowered to embrace and love the bodies they have, not the bodies the media or other people have told them that they should have.
“Girls,” Tripp concluded in his Instagram post, “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.”