Let’s get one thing straight, if you’ve uploaded a selfie and you're telling me 'love yourself <3,' or 'you are YOU and that is your POWER' and I can basically see your clit before I’ve had a chance to digest my oats, I’m not going to be taking you seriously.
If your ass takes up 70% of your social media posts, I’m going to have to unfollow you.
If you keep preaching 'self-love' but 'self-love' is communicated via any excuse to take your clothes off and take pictures for the internet
- I think you’re hilarious (trans. I think you’re stupid)
- I’m not entirely convinced you do love yourself
- I’m going to have to blog about it.
If you think female empowerment is about getting naked and doing whatever the f*ck you want (CAUSE WE’RE WOMAN! WE CHOOSE! STRONG WOMEN LIFT EACH OTHER UP AND GET NAKED) you’re going to hate me, hate this post and probably slate me via indirect tweets.
Thankfully, you cannot fathom the immensity of the f*ck I do not give.
Sex sells. There’s no denying it. Your naked ass gets more likes than my chicken salad. #Belfies attract the followers way more than funny memes. And oiled abs are far likelier to increase engagement over science and actual knowledge. And the fitness industry knows this and is cashing in on it. Searching #fitspo no longer guarantees that you'll be presented with fitness related images, because #fitspo is turning into accessible soft-porn with some occasional lycra and questionable sponsored beverages thrown in the mix.
I feel the need to justify that I’m a girl’s girl. I love women. The fact that I don't appreciate fitness girls posing half-naked has absolutely nothing to do with me hating on other women. I am not jealous. I am not bitter. I, myself, look absolutely delightful in a thong.
The truth is, I just feel sorry for these girls. I feel sorry for the girls out there hoping to ‘inspire’ and ‘motivate’ through lace lingerie and crotch shots. I feel bad that you're taking the time to write a lengthy caption which is being ignored by hundreds and thousands of men who are wanking all over your positive vibes.
Positive vibes. Body Positivity. Self Love. All topics du jour in #fitspo land. If you’re #fitspo and you don't get half naked and post a picture about how much you’ve come to terms with loving your body, are you really fitspo? If you hip thrust over 100kg without posting a picture of your bare peachy ass post booty session, did you really hit that new PB? If you're a Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, or ‘Influencer’ and you don't post a daily selfie in your underwear are you definitely sure you’re into health and fitness?
Here’s the thing, I don’t find it inspiring. I don't find nudity motivating. I have not once looked at one of these images and thought c’or blimey, I’m going to wake up early tomorrow and smash the gym. I haven't once thought I should probably lay off having a third snack after dinner. I have not once looked at any of these photos and thought, damn I wish I had the confidence to post one of these. I have only ever looked at these images and given thanks that it’s not me. I don't find it inspiring. I find it embarrassing.
Fitness has nothing to do with butt shots. It has nothing to do with underwear, thongs, towels, bathrooms, bedrooms or bikinis in your mum’s full length mirror. Fitness is about bettering yourself. For yourself. Not for your friends. Not for your ex. Not for the girl he left you for. Not for your followers and most certainly not for strangers on the internet.
Bum shots aren’t promoting fitness. Your vagina isn’t motivating someone to make a change. Your hoicked-up, gravity defying bosoms are not ‘Body Positive’. Getting undressed is not ‘Strong’. And in conclusion, your selfie isn't about ‘Self-love’. It’s about seeking validation.
And we all do it.
Images by Sergejs Rahunok & Adam Radosavljevic via stock fresh