Are You a Whale or a Mermaid?

**I read this on Facebook, have no idea who the original writer is, but just had to share it because I think it is a perfect reflection on what society thinks women should look like and what is more important!

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “

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5 thoughts on “Are You a Whale or a Mermaid?

  1. I saw this floating around too. What gets me is, who decides what type of body is okay and what type isn’t? You can have a little extra meat on you and be perfectly healthy and beautiful. Heck, you can have a LOT of extra meat on you and still be healthy and gorgeous. I think what’s most important is that people take care of themselves and they respect themselves and they love themselves for who they are and not what size jeans they wear. If that means you rock a size 2 or a size 20, it doesn’t matter. How unfortunate that so much of society thinks that number matters.

    1. As a dancer it is even a finer line to walk… we are told that we are supposed to be chestless, tall with legs for miles, and so thin that anorexia is something most dancers face at least once. I would much rather be curvy and happy than thin and miserable!

  2. I’m a vegetarian, and a ballet dancer, and I have been told I’m too thin, but I am at a healthy weight, and it bugs me that some people will snub people for being overweight, while others snub people who are skinny. Also, the idea of a dancer not eating/being anorexic baffles me, because dancers need to be incredibly strong, and if you’re anorexic, your muscles are being “eaten” for energy. And I don’t think it’s wrong to have some extra weight, but it feels like this story is just slightly snubbing the thinner people. But I might be reading into it too much.

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