Women Share Self-Love Photos With #BigThighTwitter
Last night, women filled Twitter timelines with selfies showing off their thighs in a gorgeous demonstration of body positivity.
The photos left much of Twitter drooling, not only because of the juicy thighs on our feeds, but also because "big thigh Twitter" was as much a communal self-love moment as it was a middle finger to traditional beauty standards.
They served until Twitter was full, then served more.
Posts were met with celebration and yeah, lots of lust.
The hashtag also sparked more body positivity posts.
So here's how to push "Big Thigh Twitter" a little further.
We salivated over the big thighs on our TLs, but more attention should be paid to how we treat plus-size women in real life, and why they began the hashtag in the first place.
Size discrimination is a daily reality for many of the same women who had us retweeting their "big thigh Twitter" thirst traps.
They deal with microaggressions that go overlooked, and therefore are normalized, by people who don't share their experience.
Size discrimination is a daily reality for many women who posted for #BigThighTwitter.
A nail salon in Tennessee charges heavier women more for pedicures.
A pedicure costs almost $20 more for "overweight" customers at a salon that normally only charges $25.50, as reported by Cosmopolitan.
Overcharging plus-size women for pampering services sends the message that their weight is an nuisance.
What is supposed to be a mere trip to the salon for a little self-care is turned into a potentially disrespectful and embarrassing situation.
A lingerie store was asked to remove posters of plus-size models.
Livi Rae Lingerie—a Georgia underwear boutique in Georgia known for its all-inclusive products and advertising—was asked to remove posters of its plus-size models by a property manager who felt the photos were "in bad taste."
The boutique refused and only after a viral social media post and media coverage did the manager have a change of heart.
This body-shaming enforces the idea that larger women are inferior, undesirable and inappropriate. It sends the message that they — despite making up the majority of our female population and just being damn humans — don't deserve to be seen.
Erasure like this unacceptable, yet this is what plus-size women deal with every day when they aren't giving you life with self-love hashtags.
So yeah, "big thigh Twitter" was lit, but we still need affirm thicker women on and offline.