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Why this author’s letter of appreciation for his wife’s curvy body backfired on the Internet

Robbie Tripp posted a picture with wife on beach with a long caption that incurred the wrath of his followers.

sex and relationships Updated: Aug 07, 2017 16:33 IST
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Robbie Tripp with his wife(Instagram)

An open letter recently written by an author to his wife on Instagram, appreciating her “curvy body, thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc”, backfired after Netizens accused him of insinuating that curvy women are conventionally hard to love.

Robbie Tripp, who has written a book called ‘Create Rebellion from San Francisco’, posted a picture of him and his wife at a Miami beach on his Instagram account on July 31. It was the long caption accompanying the image that incurred the wrath of his followers.

“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 bro might refer to as ‘chubby’ or even ‘fat’,” Tripp said on Instagram. “(But) 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.”

The author went on to say that while his wife’s shape and size probably won’t appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan, “it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart”.

Here is the original post posted by Tripp:

His words of inspiration, however, didn’t go down well with people.

“You want to be praised for dating a thicker woman? What’s so revolutionary about this? Not hating, just a question,” one of the users commented.

While another conceded with Tripp’s view that “the media marginalises women by portraying a very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean)”, the user didn’t see any reason for him being praised for it. “Curvy women aren’t difficult to love. Skinny women aren’t difficult to love. Fat women aren’t difficult to love. Writing a post like this just feeds into that narrative. It comes off like he loves her in spite of her supposed flaws... I have no doubt that he truly loves his wife, but making a checklist of her ‘flaws’ is condescending.”

Tripp also said real women do not need to fool themselves by thinking they have to meet societal standards to be loved and appreciated. “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,” Tripp said.

However, Internet users felt that his definition of ‘real women’ was deprecatory towards those who do not fulfil his conditions. “So i guess women that dont have stretch marks and ‘booty dimples’ aren’t real women. Thanjs for clarifying that. [sic],” one of them remarked.

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 11:04 IST