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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.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Some fellow mom gave me shit once for being too busy to read a heavy book like Pride & Prejudice. And I read like 40 books a year.
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Well said!
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
I refuse to look at the "Health & Fitness" section of Pinterest because it's utter bullshit.
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
I only pin delicious food things to pintrest. because delicious food, ftw.

Oh. And cool architecture.

Edited at 2013-10-16 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
"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?"

The first is smart enough to know that she's still get flamed, with the same (drumroll)... excuses, like having cancer, working two jobs, having disabilities, having bad eyesight, etc...

And the second is too busy volunteering.
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
I love my post-baby body!

Well, okay, I admit: at only 5.5 weeks postpartum, there are some getting-back-to-normal changes I still anticipate with pleasure. But the stretch marks? The saggy skin over my lower abdomen? The functional teats where I used to have perky girl-boobs? Those are all markers that I have made and nourished two whole human beings.

I'm not cute anymore, I'm powerful. I have moved from one incarnation of the Goddess to another. I am Matron instead of Maiden. And it's true that this reminds me I will someday be Crone. But you know what? Crones are wicked awesome, too!
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