All bodies are good bodies.
I cannot deal with how women are using social media to bring each other down. Why does everything have to become a thing, an issue, a point of contention? Why is it that the second someone puts "mother" in their title, they become free game for attacks from the crowd?
I don't get it. #DrPhil and #jillianmichaels always say "what's your excuse?" In fact #thebiggestloser had a whole season
Posting a picture of a fit woman with three kids in and of itself is not body shaming at all. Posting a picture of a beautiful woman who is brave enough to wear lingerie should be empowering... But both of their words make their movements obsolete. That is the real "shame" of this.
CNN brought both Kang and Bougon on to discuss the incident. Kang insisted that she was not a fat-shamer, but said that the
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Kang's Facebook photo wasn't fat shaming. She asked a legitimate question about priorities on her Facebook page. We cannot become so coddling as a society that we vilify someone who asks us to give some honest thought to the connection between our choices and our health.
The conversation quickly moved off of weight and healthy eating and the "awareness of obesity" Kang says she was trying to raise. Instead, many women -- moms in particular -- used the photo as evidence of Kang's shoddy dedication as a mother, as if tight abs leads to neglected children.
I don't think this was a premeditated attempt to ridicule women that don't wear a size 2, nor was it an attack on men that lack the presence of washboard abs. This is merely an instance where her motive was misrepresented. Maria Kang is not the "real" problem -- self-acceptance is.
Maria Kang, 32, owns two residential care homes for the elderly, runs a fitness non-profit that she founded and is a freelance writer. The former fitness competitor also has three kids. Kang believes that if she has time to stay in shape, everyone else should, too.
Facebook commenter Shaunalee Brown-Chavez summed up what many have expressed about the photo, writing below Kang's post: I