Thigh gaps are a trend that needs to die. For those of you who don’t know, a thigh gap is a space that can range from one to four inches between a woman’s legs. It’s absolutely ridiculous that many young women are taking drastic measures – such as excessive exercise, starving themselves, and getting plastic surgery – to achieve it.
First and foremost, I’m confused as to why having a “thigh gap” is seen as desirable. Consider this: men tend to like women who are more endowed in the hip/thigh/butt region. It feels better during sex, is biologically engrained into the male brain as a sign of fertility, and looks better.
Secondly, maybe I’m crazy, but who in their right mind wants super-thin legs? In my family, those are called “chicken legs” and they are not seen as desirable. While I understand that some women are genetically predisposed to being petite and very thin, most of us aren’t.
Lastly, there are women without these ridiculous “thigh gaps” who have great careers, hot husbands/boyfriends, and overall a pretty enviable life. Lena Dunham, Beyonce, Salma Hayek, and Christina Hendricks are among the first who come to mind. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jennifer Lopez are curvy women without these ridiculous “thigh gaps” who are often viewed as some of the sexiest women of all time!
I personally feel that an inch or two gap between my legs is really the least of my concerns. I would rather focus on being healthy and active. Even when I was a size six back in high school, I didn’t have a thigh gap. For whatever reason, I can’t recall ever worrying about whether my thighs touched or not. In the grand scheme of things, that’s so unbelievably trivial.
My main message that I want to get across is that your priorities shouldn’t be whether or not your thighs touch. If there are any young women or teenage girls out there reading this, make these your priorities instead: getting an education so you can have an awesome career, being active and healthy, being kind to others, and living a life that you will be proud of when you’re old. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.