This is what I'm currently doing while sad and sarcastic people are getting angry with their keyboard.
Hope everyone is having a great day! pic.twitter.com/yydMwWwPBK
— ROBBIE TRIPP™ (@iamrobbietripp) August 5, 2017
It seems nowadays you can’t do right for doing wrong – well that’s definitely the case for one guy who’s romantic post in honour of his wife has backfired.
In true social-media style, the original post, that paid tribute to his ‘curvy’ wife has been slammed by many for ‘objectifying her.
The social media storm all began when American entrepreneur Robbie Tripp took to Instagram to praise his wife, Sarah.
|| 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
In the post, Robbie talked about his own feminist credentials but it left many others less than impressed.
On the original post, that accompanied a picture of the happy couple sharing a loving moment on the beach, Robbie wrote:
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.
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 realised how many men have bought into that lie.
|| Just a couple of kids who promised each other years ago that we would love and support one another in the pursuit of our dreams. Every step we've taken has been together, hand in hand, and we wouldn't have it any other way. ? Thank you to each and every one of you who has messaged us with your heartfelt stories and encouraging positivity. What started as a simple declaration of adoration for @sassyredlipstick has turned into something so much bigger and we couldn't be more grateful for it. Nothing but love and positivity over here! Be sure to stay tuned to our IG Stories to continue on this journey with us! || #TeamTripp
For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll etc.
Now initially, the post went viral, and Robbie was praised for his body-positivity post.
Yet it wasn’t long before the criticism came flying in.
|| 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
Many claim there’s nothing radical about a man loving his wife.
Journalist Julia Pugachevsky wrote on Twitter:
Strong contender for least fave type of male feminist is ‘man who thinks liking a curvy woman is revolutionary’.
The critical comment has been retweeted over 26,000 times and has subsequently sparked a controversial debate regarding feminism and what it means to be ‘body positive’.
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
Another unimpressed woman said:
Why do you think you’re a modern saint because you date a normal sized woman?
While another, mocking Robbie’s post, added:
I’m a feminist, I objectify women for completely different reasons than most of society
Yet not everyone was as critical of Robbie’s public adorning for his wife.
One Instagram user wrote:
I love this so much. I’m tired of people getting offended by everything and anything.
This is a beautiful post and we need more men like you in the world.
waving goodbye to the week and saying hello to the weekend! ???? there's been a lot of questions about MY take on @tripp's post, so i did an exclusive interview with @WomensHealthMag about how i feel about a post that talks all about my body going viral. i also got the chance to chat about my passion for body positivity & helping women learn to love themselves! head to the link in my bio to read. ✨ // this is my favorite suit i brought with me to Laguna Beach and it's fully stocked! shop it here: http://liketk.it/2shQH #liketkit @liketoknow.it #ltkswim
Now whether you agree with Robbie’s post or not, surely the bigger message here is why do we still give a toss about how big or small a woman is.
In 2017 do we not have more important issues to be concerned with?