I was scanning Rachel Brathen’s inspirational Instagram account ‘Yoga Girl’ and discovered this post:
“I believe we should all live our lives in a way that’s true to who we are. For me, that means sharing what comes natural to me in the moment. Yoga and wine and beaches and airports and dogs and rants. It’s my life and it’s my responsibility to live a life of love, in whatever ways ring true to me.
Today I went surfing and my friend snapped what I thought was a beautiful shot of me getting into the water, so I shared it. There is no filter here. No make-up. No wardrobe. No edits. Just me, my surfboard and the beach. Enter judgment.
I’ve said it before – what other people think of me is none of my business. I’ll always get the occasional sexist/judgmental comment from sleazy dudes trolling the Internet and I truly couldn’t care less. What bugs me however is body shaming comments from WOMEN. Did you read the comments on my last post? Every single negative one came from women. Apparently, my butt is the issue. Don’t we have enough issues in the world?
By saying I should be ashamed of my body and never post a photo of myself on the beach like that you’re telling men across the world that yes, the female body is an object and yes, it’s the only thing that matters here. Not the soul or the heart or the beach or the sunshine or catching waves or living freely but THE BUTT OH GOD THE BUTT. Sexism and body shaming happens only when you invite it into society and all you judgmental women out there? You just did.
You say I should never share a photo that shows my backside because it means I’m hypocritical. I’m not genuine. Excuse me while I ask – but are you all talking out of your asses?
Know this: if I had this beautiful picture and I chose NOT to post it because it’s “cheeky” – THAT would be hypocritical. That would be the opposite of genuine. That would be me changing the way I portray myself from fear of being judged. It would be me not loving my body. It would be me not staying true to my values.
To each their mother fucking own. It’s just a butt. If it’s genuine to you, flaunt what you’ve got! If it’s not, please don’t. What matters is that you feel good. That you are happy. That you stay true.
Peace and love, ya’ll. I’m taking my butt to bed.”
There is a real fear of opening up online with all the haters out there. So I am glad there is a voice among all the madness like Rachel’s, who will address the haters and tell them to F off. It’s no wonder she has over 1 million Instagram followers, her messages are important, relevant and she speaks the truth. So the next time there is a negative message online that is directed at you and makes you feel down take a note out of Rachel’s book – be strong, be bold, embrace and love who you are and stay true to yourself.