Robbie Tripp describes himself as “husband to a curvy goddess,” and created a big stir throughout social media after posting a photograph of himself and his wife on Instagram, explaining his attraction to voluptuous women.
“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,” wrote Tripp.
“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,” he added. “For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll etc.”
|| 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
While Tripp’s sentiments were no doubt heartfelt, his comments rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Twitter user Julia Pugachevsky summed up the feelings of many in a tweet that’s been retweeted more than 21,000 times.
“Strong contender for least fave type of male feminist is ‘man who thinks liking a curvy woman is revolutionary,'” she wrote.
Plus-size model Tess Holliday also weighed in: “This is so real,” she writes. “Stop giving men trophies for doing the bare minimum.”
Meanwhile, Tripp’s Instagram post kicked off a flurry of snark, including numerous memes mocking his comments.
Following the backlash, Tripp appeared on “Good Morning Britain” to discuss his now infamous viral post. He said his feelings were taken out of context and that he was just trying to appreciate his wife.
“At the end of the day, it’s me celebrating this beautiful woman in my life. It was a post of her and celebrating her and telling people how much I love and adore and am attracted to her,” he explained.
“And also just maybe even offering a thought-provoking statement about portrayals of women in the media and the amazing job that Sarah has done speaking to curvy women,” Tripp continued.
Sarah defended her husband’s post and said that their critics don’t have proper context for what he was trying to say. “What people don’t realize is I’m a body positive fashion blogger and I label myself as curvy and I talk about my thick thighs and booty,” she explained.
“It’s not an abnormal conversation for us, and I think a lot of people don’t realize that,” she continued.