Husband Who Wrote Viral Tribute to His ‘Curvy’ Wife Responds to Criticism with Positivity

Since the average person is never really prepared for one of their posts to go viral, they tend not to worry about what an audience of millions will think about their messages. That’s what happened to a man named Robbie Tripp, who found himself at the center of criticism after a post involving his wife went viral.

For those of you behind the times, Tripp shared a post on Instagram in which he professed his love for his wife’s body type, telling a story about the type of women he is attracted to and passing it off as feminism.

|| 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

A post shared by ROBBIE TRIPP™ (@tripp) on Jul 30, 2017 at 6:10pm PDT

Once the post started picking up momentum on social media, many women and feminists who discovered the post expressed their disdain for Tripp’s message. Despite some initial positivity about his post, the general consensus appeared to be that his story was not one of feminism at all, and he was in fact still objectifying his wife by posting like he did, regardless of her body type.

Facing that wave of backlash, Tripp could have decided to delete the post or retreat from social media altogether. But he decided instead to basically pretend any negativity didn’t exist, and has continued posting mostly positive things on both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Try as he might, however, Tripp was not able to block out all the criticism. In subsequent posts on Twitter, he acknowledged the backlash, seeking others who had drawn the internet’s scorn and eventually attempting to mock his critics as having worse lives than his.

There’s no surer way to let people know you’re upset about their criticism than posting the photo equivalent of, “I’m not mad, I’m actually laughing.” Tripp’s tact since his post went viral only seems to confirm the critique that has come his way; rather than earnestly address any of the points raised by other women, he decided he would treat them all like “haters” and continue to go about his business in whichever way he pleased.

Ultimately, it’s his life and his relationship, but it seems decidedly un-feminist to ignore hundreds, even thousands of feminists who have voiced concern over his initial post. To throw my own bit of advice into the mix, you might want to rethink this one, homie. 

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