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Performative feminism doesn’t look good on anyone, men especially.
Which is why the internet is roasting Robbie Tripp, the speaker, writer, and Instagram personality who recently bragged about how body-positive he is in a post that ultimately reduced his wife down to her curves and his attraction to her. At the same time, Tripp’s post gave off the vibe of a dude asking for points for being a decent human being.
“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,” Tripp wrote in his post. “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.”
|| 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
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While Sarah and much of the internet loved her husband’s heartfelt post, another part of the internet, this publication included, didn’t agree with the way Tripp’s post congratulated his work in doing something so basic as loving his wife, while writing off other thin women as not being “real.”
And so, treating Tripp like any other social media bro who went viral for the most undeserving of reasons, the internet has taken to roasting him and his self-serving post with the most gracious of parodies.
me (loudly): i love my repulsive wife— Hippo (@InternetHippo) August 4, 2017
stranger at the grocery store: ok
This Wife's Letter to Her Husband's Misshapen Balls Will Melt Your Heart— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) August 4, 2017
Hello world, I love my wife despite the fact that she's leaks menstrual blood once a month. #feminist4life— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) August 4, 2017
In this alternate reality in which we all have spouses who we fully acknowledge aren’t completely attractive, the internet fixates on this imperfection and dotes on how strong we are as people to accept such a flawed human being.
Of course, this is a hard departure from Tripp and Sarah’s post, which at least attempted to express body positivity, and did acknowledge that Sarah is attractive. In the hands of the internet, however, we’re all awful partners masquerading as saints.
You guys make fun of that Instagram guy praising his curvy wife, but that post gave me the self-esteem to hahahaha jk fuck that stupid prick— move your feet katie (@katefeetie) August 4, 2017
Woooo being constantly bombarded by media calling me unattractive for 28 yrs was totally reversed by 1 dude saying he might have sex with me— move your feet katie (@katefeetie) August 4, 2017
Give me your curvy wives yearning to be called by their actual names.— Madison M. K. (@4evrmalone) August 4, 2017
So that Instagram guy is a hero for loving his curvy wife? Folks, if they met my ex-wife they'd give me the Congressional Medal of Honor— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 4, 2017
"The guys" used to make fun of me for being into women that a stiff breeze wouldn't knock over. Hey fellas: I love my humongous wife. Sue me— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 4, 2017
<The_Large_Wife_Respecter> has entered the chat.— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 4, 2017
Imagine loving your wife's curvy body so much you don't have to talk about it on social media.— Twitnter is Coming (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 4, 2017
"I Love My Husband’s Tiny Dick" Posts Hero Wife— Rusty Foster (@rustyk5) August 4, 2017
I Love My Fat Piece Of Shit Wife. I Dont Care About How Disgusting She Is. Oink Oink Ya Beautiful Pig. I Will Love And Protect You, Fat Uggo— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) August 4, 2017
I love my wife's body, sometimes I just spontaneously grab her antlers and she asked where I want to go and I say "with you? anywhere"— Kibblesmith ⚔️ (@kibblesmith) August 4, 2017
Nobody gets brownie points for saying they're not actively repulsed by a slightly curvy woman's body— Bailey (@the_author_) August 4, 2017
The internet is also in agreement that Sarah too deserves praise—for being married to someone who’s kind of a show-off-y dude bro.
tripp's girlfriend is extraordinarily brave for defying societal conventions and dating a guy most people would say fucking sucks— la petite bort (@important_celeb) August 4, 2017
The thick wife guy is literally the worst person who has ever lived pic.twitter.com/PvapOAZnfu— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) August 4, 2017
He actually attributed "Create your dreams" as a quote to himself... then put it up in his house... then shared it publicly. pic.twitter.com/kU3kR9wVrK— Alex Herrity (@AlexRHerrity) August 4, 2017
curvy wife guy getting absolutely slammed by every corner of the internet is the best thing that's happened in ages— What duck? (@geeoharee) August 4, 2017
i am extremely proud of us for coming together as an internet to dump on the guy for wanting a medal for loving his wife— Sami Main (@samimain) August 4, 2017
You can do so much better, 135lb wife— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) August 4, 2017
Why My Curvy Wife Very Recently Filed For Divorce— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) August 4, 2017
it's been like three hours and i still want to physically fight "i luv my curvy wife and her cellulite" instagram dude— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) August 4, 2017
Hell, if loving curvy women is ambitious and worthy of praise then, please, show us where we can pick up our participation trophies.
Can't believe I missed out on expressing my preference for curvy women so I could be congratulated as the internet's number one ally— nuanced opinion guy (@charles_kinbote) August 4, 2017
IM ALSO A HERO FOR LOVING CURVY WOMEN— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) August 4, 2017
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.