October 16th, 2013

planet

the "what's your excuse" lady

Everyone on facebook is doing the "oh hellll no!" at the "What's your excuse?" photo, in which a fitness enthusiast posted up a picture of herself in midriff-bearing workout gear, with her three kids aged 3, 2, and eight months, presumably to demonstrate the fact that bearing children is no excuse for looking anything less than swimsuit-model hot.

My problem is that most of the internet's response is... (drumroll please)... excuses. Mothers everywhere are telling Kang she cannot relate to them because there are moms with cancer or disabilities or bad genetics etc etc etc... that's why we can't all look like that.

My opinion?

First, I wondered what her three kids would think of this photo when they grew up. "Mom we're so proud of you for quickly eliminating all evidence that you HAD US! Go you!"

Second, I wondered what my excuse was for like a split second, then realized I just didn't care. I like my life, my body, and the way I spend my time. Which brings me to the point that people are really mad about here: in what country is it safe to assume that everyone wants *one thing*, and you have it, and you are doing them a favor by challenging them to be just like you?

Is that country AMERICA? Because if it is, then friends we are screwed up. I already wrote that facebook started plastering my page with diet ads as soon as I got pregnant, and now this picture gets all sorts of attention? Really, we all need excuses about why we're don't have flat abs?

Where's the picture of a mom who improved her mind by reading some really good books, with the caption "what's your excuse"?

Or a picture of a volunteer serving up hot meals at a soup kitchen?

Hell, there are pictures of a girl who's risked her life for girl's education, one year after she was shot in the neck by the Taliban... even Malala Yousafzai isn't out asking "what's your excuse" for being more concerned with celeb news and hot abs than you are about world peace. She's just doing her thing out at some talk shows this week because she's awesome.

Priorities, America. Being obsessed with anyone's post-baby body is not going to make us a great country. There is no reason for any fitness "advocate" to go viral, which is why I'm not even reposting the picture... I don't give a shit. And it's also why I sort of hate pinterest. The whole site. Waaaaaay too much diet crap with pictures of skinny people... and I AM a skinny person, if I'm sick of it you know it's bad. But I digress, my point here is that I feel like we're all getting dumber this week. That's something that needs an excuse.