This year I am 37 and I was given the impression that to have a gap between my thighs was normal, a desired thing by most women. Coming from a family of tree trunk thighs, I thought that this was my lot when it came to my legs, however I soon discovered that it was just a myth and with exercise and not eating so many unhealthy stodgy foods, the tree trunks were no longer tree trunks. I don’t have slim legs. This is a given, but I also don’t have chunky thighs. That being said, even with slimmer thighs, they still meet and touch.
Certain times of the month I have water retention and I recognise that they are more obvious in their touching and I would see images of women on the beach in the media, celebrities, models, and I thought, yes, a gap between the thighs is something to be aimed for. This is not so.
A gap between the thighs is ‘mostly’ unhealthy. I say mostly because some women naturally have a gap between their thighs, generally those with naturally wider hips, so naturally it is healthy for some women. But this is not what the fashion and beauty industry would have us believe. We are led to believe that a thigh gap is something to aim for, and if the fashion and beauty industry hasn’t damaged women’s self esteem enough with constant airbrushing, they are aiming to lop off healthy fat from women’s thighs to bring to our attention ‘their’ version of perfection.
When I was younger, bow-legged was a condition where thigh gap happened. This could be due to excessive horse riding or health conditions. But now it seems to be a craze that is threatening to further damage young women especially their sense of body image and worth.
And I am in no way here to attack women who naturally have a thigh gap, but to simply bring to women’s attention that if you don’t naturally have one, it’s not good to try to make yourself have one or beat yourself up for not having one.
Take a look at the women with no thigh gaps:
|The Iconic Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Lawrence|
|Sandro Botticelli -The Birth Of Venus.|
The troubling thing I noticed on social networks was the opinions of some men regarding the thigh gap phenomenon. Some actually believed that a thigh gap meant a woman was more promiscuous and had more sexual partners. In other words an easy lay.
People Encouraging The Phenomenon
There are countless websites and videos on how to get the thigh gap, which is creating a new surge of eating disorders among young women. I won’t give the sites a Google ranking by sharing them here, but they are disturbing to say the least.
I am sure that any good health and fitness expert would not encourage trying to create a false thigh gap, but instead a greater appreciation of a women’s health in general. To be healthy in a more balanced way.
The Outer May Fade The Inner Will Not
A thigh gap according to Laura Tosi, a pediatric orthopedist and Director of the bone health program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. says that a number of factors come into whether a woman has a significant gap. These include genetics, ethnicity, pelvic size and width.
So if you are reading this and desiring a thigh gap it may be not healthy for you. Try and look at role models with no thigh gaps to make you feel better about your body. You are uniquely you and we have enough copies in this world today.
The Pendulum Swings
We need to understand that the media’s definition of beauty equals thin is a very ‘western’ view. In many parts of the world, for a woman to be fat shows that she is both healthy and wealthy.
What are your views on the thigh gap phenomenon? Healthy? Unhealthy? Undecided?
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