A few days ago I shared a link which contains this picture on facebook:
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?!
I think it’s a great piece.
Well, sure, some of it are bullshit. I mean, who the hell wants to be “greatly cultivated”?! Memangnya ada yang mau dibajak dengan kerbau lalu dipakai untuk bercocok tanam, apa?
I’m not against mermaid, neither am I team whale. But to divide people based on numbers on a scale is just….cruel, and uncivilised. I think, that’s what the writer intend to say: that the quality of a person does not depend on their weights. Everybody can be attractive, whether they’re chubby or skinny.
And don’t give me nonsense about health. I am what most people consider overweight, but my sugar blood level is normal, i am not hypertensive, nor diabetic, i dont have asthma or heart problems. My super-skinny cousin has all the health problem forementioned, along with many other health problems.
Of course, being obese and severely underweight are dangerous. But being full-figured or lanky is just fine. Don’t you dare accuse a plump person to be lazy, or a skinny person to be malnourished. You have no idea what they’ve been through to meet the media’s standard of attractiveness, but sometimes no matter what they do they just stay the same.
I began to see this like racism. Why criticise people because they didn’t meet your weight standard? Why condemn people because they’re different? Sheesh!
Whales and mermaids are both fish and they live in the same ocean, anyway..