Part of running MIMP means managing our Instagram, which is a very special place where we post some of ours and your favorite photos of all our beautiful MIMP gals. If you aren’t following, you should. It will make you day to day infinitely better.
I love looking at our Instagram, and the unique female individuals who graciously share their bodies with us. Such celebration and empowerment of beauty! Most of us can all agree.
But, then there’s trolls.
There’s wouldn’t bean Internet without trolls, and typically I could care less about a douchebag in Michigan who thinks some chick doesn’t have big enough tits or is too skinny to be beautiful. Because, fuck you dude. It’s too easy to say mean things from behind a screen to a perfectly nice girl just because you can, and maybe because your girlfriend is bored of fucking you. Try something a little more challenging next time. I dare you.
But today something different happened when I went to delete some hateful comments (I really do the best I can to maintain a positive community.) I realized they weren’t made by some asshole with tribal tattoos who loves bathroom selfies.
These hateful comments were made by two girls. Two young girls ripping apart another girl in the photo.
I know they were young because their cheeks were full of baby fat, their teeth covered in braces, and their hair fried from desperately trying to figure out how to use a flat iron. I know they were young girls, because I was once a young girl.
It made me so deeply sad. Girls making disparaging remarks about one another’s appearance, lifestyle, or choices is unacceptable at any age. But, to see it happen with girls so young was particularly disturbing.
This is a problem, and it’s not getting better.
We have to. We HAVE to stop tearing people down just to make ourselves feel good, just to prove a point, just to validate our own choices or missed opportunities. It’s not OK. And it’s especially not OK because young girls like the two I witnessed today are learning that it’s a societal norm.
I love being a part of Me In My Place because I love celebrating women and their right to self expression, in any manner they choose. The site is a positive example for young girls with the message that beauty is being comfortable with yourself. So, let’s all decide to let it be just that.
If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all. If we don’t practice that old adage, how can we expect it from children?