This man wrote a post praising his ‘curvy’ wife — and the Internet is not having it

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • A man’s viral social media post about his wife’s body is making waves after many took issue with it. 
  • People on Twitter slammed the post for being self-congratulatory and trying to pass as “revolutionary.” 
  • Though we initially wrote about the post in a positive light, a lot of things did concern us about it. 

A few days ago, a San Francisco man’s Instagram post about his wife’s “curvy body” went viral for what many saw as a body positive message, but today many are not so sure that his post was as empowering as many think. 

Activist and author Robbie Tripp wrote a lengthy Instagram caption on a photo of himself and his wife Sarah Tripp  cuddled up on the beach. In the post, Robbie praises Sarah’s “curvy” body and laments all of his friends and the “basic bros” who would not find her and other women of her size attractive. 

|| 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

A post shared by ROBBIE TRIPP™ (@tripp) on Jul 30, 2017 at 6:10pm PDT on
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 Here’s the full caption:

“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. “

Many publications (including INSIDER) praised Tripp for his messaging, in which he calls out the media for not portraying women of diverse sizes and praises her body for things that women are often shamed for (stretch marks, dimples, etc.). 

After the post went viral, though, Twitter users and body positivity activists took issue with Robbie’s post, saying that he should not get a cookie for loving his beautiful wife who happens to be “curvy.”

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 It’s worth noting that Sarah Tripp wrote a response to the initial praise on her own Instagram post. 

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