People - A New York college student who started a blog on self-acceptance in order to help other young women deal with body image taunts has become a viral hero to many for her frank and powerful online discussion about her weight. Stella Boonshoft, who writes The Body Love Blog and who has polycystic ovarian syndrome, put her curves on full view when she posted a bikini photo on her Tumblr site. “My body must be a revolution,” she wrote along with the photo, which she captioned, “Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. I am not going to stand for that. This is my body, not yours. MINE.” “I think people are cruel because they are uncomfortable seeing an image of people who are not thin,” Boonshoft said in an interview on Tuesday’s Today show. “I found that after years of struggling with my body image that really there was no way to justify the bullying as a child and as a teen.” And her cause became a cyberspace hit with more than 2.4 million views on Facebook. In addition, more than 80,000 people shared her photo from her Tumblr page. “It took a lot of years of soul searching to decide this isn’t right,” she said on Today. “I finally came to a place where I was really happy with the way that I looked. I wanted to leave a message to the bullies who tormented me.”
Listen contrary to popular belief the purpose of this blog isn’t to bash this chick. I’m sure she’s a wonderful person on the inside and has a great heart. But I just can’t sit here and listen to people call her hero and pretend this changes anything. Because let’s not mince words. That picture is disgusting. Nobody wants to look at that. That’s not me being sexist or mean either. That’s just a fact. Like society’s obsession with skinniness isn’t a cultural thing. It’s not because we have skinny girls forced down our throats by commercials, TV and magazines. It’s social darwinsim. It’s genetics. Human beings are programmed certain ways. It’s not Playboys fault I get a boner when I look at their girls in lingerie and I puke when I look at Stella Boonshoft. That’s evolution talking. That’s science. That’s what feminists refuse to acknowledge. Society values skinniness and beauty because we are born that way. Beauty isn’t in the eye of the beholder. You can’t preach it or protest it out of society. As long as men and women have cocks and vaginas that interlock being skinny and pretty will always be an advantage and being fat will always be a disadvantage. That’s life. This chick isn’t a hero. She’s naive.