So about a week ago, a guy named Robbie Tripp posted the following sappy/horny love letter about his “curvy” wife, fashion blogger Sarah Tripp, on Instagram:
|| 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 case you can’t be arsed reading that wall of text, he’s basically talking about how much he loves his wife, despite the fact that she’s not model thin. He talks about how he loves her rolls, dimples and big booty, and uses the unusual phrase “she fills out every inch of her jeans“, which, like, yeah… that’s how jeans usually work??
Anyway. So far so sickeningly cute, right?
See anything wrong with this?
Yeah, a bunch of people on the internet did, too. Tripp is being soundly dragged for appearing to want a medal for (shock, horror) thinking his wife is sexy.
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
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 w pic.twitter.com/ecqpK8KTEM
— Patrick Lenton (@PatrickLenton) August 5, 2017
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 w pic.twitter.com/674MporM7B
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) August 5, 2017
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 w pic.twitter.com/8rMZputCy5
— Rachel Vorona Cote (@RVoronaCote) August 4, 2017
i love my idiot husband. idc what society says i LIKE how dumb he is. i love his very smooth brain. i love his hair he tried to cut himself pic.twitter.com/2Gw1OqytPX
— TRPMBLY PCKALESK (@Tormny_Pickeals) August 4, 2017
Many are pointing out the inherent ludicrousness in Tripp’s apparent desire for praise – does he consider himself a hero for finding this extremely pretty woman attractive?
Wow, how brave. If you think you deserve a medal for loving a child you adopt or dating a curvy woman you can show yourself out.
— Ali V. (@alivingiano) August 5, 2017
He's setting up a power dynamic in which he's saying that Sarah should be grateful he likes her, even though she's curvy.
— Maria Del Russo (@maria_delrusso) August 4, 2017
I mean, I get his deal, I really do. The dude is just a verbose, positivity-obsessed TEDx speaker whose main output is rambly feel-good nonsense. And his heart is in the right place for sure.
Narrow standards of attractiveness mean that people (particularly men) who are turned on by those who fall outside of those standards are often bullied, pressured, made fun of and otherwise cajoled into either hiding their preferences or actually changing them – and talking about that can only be a good thing. Plus, plenty of women have already expressed their joy at seeing someone openly praise their body type, which so often is ignored or derided.
But maybe you don’t have to use the intimate details of your wife’s body in order to bring this stuff up, and maybe you don’t need to so obviously be angling for a Feminist Ally Trophy as you do it.
P.S. Dude, she is clearly hotter than you. Show some gratitude.
P.P.S. I am sorry to inform you that Robbie Tripp has already been Milkshake Ducked:
Image: Instagram / @tripp
the whole internet loves thick milkshake duck, the duck that's not afraid to admit that it loves a thick milkshake
*five seconds later*: pic.twitter.com/Ft91257mXu
— ???????? (@nomchompsky) August 4, 2017