Have you ever heard of the coveted “thigh gap?” I hadn’t—until this past weekend when I was browsing Pinterest’s Health & Fitness page. I came across a meme of a scary-skinny girl and her thigh gap. So naturally, I typed that into the Search bar and fell down a rabbit hole of asshatery.
A thigh gap is supposedly the ultimate sign of skinniness and perfection. It’s when your thighs are so skinny that they have different zip codes and you can watch an entire sunset through them.
Are we as a society really still at the point where emaciated is sexy? Hasn’t that fad died yet? It’s not cute, it’s not sexy, and it’s not healthy. Come on women, cut that shit out.
Some people are naturally thin—I get that. What bothers me is that some silly, insecure girl made this a “thing,” and now young girls may be looking at these pictures as something to aspire to.
Why do you even need a thigh gap? Honestly. Are you going to be herding a group of ducklings through your legs? Do you long for that bowlegged cowboy look?
I vary between wanting to sit on those girls and force-feed them a burger, or laughing and saying, “have fun trying to push a baby through those skelator hips!”
My thighs are massive. Note that I didn’t say “fat” or “ugly” or even “big.” They’re just massive. Thunder thighs, if you will. A lot of it is muscle, some of it is carbs and cellulite. Either way, I love and embrace them.
I’d rather have muscular thighs that don’t fit into skinny jeans and carry me across finish lines than have twigs that will snap in a strong gust of wind. Sorry Pinterest.
So if you ever hear a girl talk about thigh gaps, now you know what she means. And you can slap some sense into her.