Body-Positive Activist, Melissa Gibson, Hits Back At Instagram Trolls Who Bullied Her Because Of Her Weight

Lifestyle & Health

Meet Melissa Gibson, a body-positive activist, who has been bullied by Instagram trolls. People from the other side of the screen made jokes and really negative comments under her photos, mainly, because of her weight in comparison to her boyfriend’s.

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Melissa Gibson slams internet trolls.

Melissa, from Louisville, Kentucky, has been sharing her photos via social media to encourage other women to love their bodies. However, after posting photos of the couple celebrating New Year’s Eve, Melissa received a ton of judgmental comments. The girl has her own opinion on the topic and happily shares her thoughts.

She said:

What they are doing is not only defining a person's worth by their body, but also then buying into ideas about who deserves to be loved and by whom.

She continued:

2018 is the year for Love that is not defined by weight, age, ability, genitals, gender, sexuality. Not defined by race or ethnicity or religion.

When taking a picture in a sparkly dress next to the man you love makes people comment about your body, question your relationship, make judgements about him for loving you. Our relationship is political. Even though we both know how natural and right it feels. And if the world won’t just let us be, we will keep fighting for our love, for our space, for our right to be seen, accepted without question, and celebrated. In all honesty it’s silly to think it bothers people so much, but when privileged people base their value on attraction and relationships, it results in the plethora of relationships that look like mine being erased and delegitimized. Like somehow I don’t deserve him or our love isn’t real. We are exactly what each other wants, and guess what, our bodies are a part of that. It’s not a abnormal or a fetish. It’s simply natural. So while you insist on yelling your insecurities and bigotry at me, realize I’m not playing the game you play any longer. I’m not playing by your rules. And it’s honestly sad you still are. 2018 is the year for Love that is not defined by weight, age, ability, genitals, gender, sexuality. Not defined by race or ethnicity or religion. We’re having more fun this way anyway ;). #love #bf #relationshipgoals #fatbabe #visiblewomen #louisville #newyearseve #2018 #nye #debshops .......... ALSO THIS DRESS IS FROM @debshops FOR ALL THOSE THAT ASKED. Remember I always tag where I got my clothing in the picture.

Публикация от Melissa Gibson (@yourstruelymelly)

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Melissa Gibson definitely has a point regarding love. She has the exact same right to be loved as anybody else has. It is an undeniable truth. However, this is just a small piece of the whole picture.

The whole picture

It has never been about appearance and beauty, or the stereotypes regarding the topic. It has always been about health. Surely, throughout the time, human society had different standards of beauty. However, despite some deviations, the main point has always been the same: health means beauty.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="512"] By Ricardo André Frantz [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]In the last years, with the development of technology and the appearance of social media, we can see dramatic changes. And there is the valid reason behind it. The pressure from mass media grows exponentially, thus making people who are not matching the standards more vulnerable. These people feel a strong need to defend themselves.

Psychologists state that body-positivity is just a self-protective mechanism, mainly because it is unbelievably hard for such people to do something with their body, and it is much easier to deny the truth that they are unhealthy.


It doesn’t end on a simple denial, as most of the body-positive activists are praising their bodies, saying they are beautiful. And now, we went straight back to the main point. Why should an unhealthy body be considered as beautiful?

Body-positivity movement was formed as a response to body-shaming on social media. Of course, Melissa deserves to be loved. There’s nothing bad in defending your choice, your rights, and your opinion. However, it is definitely not a good thing to proclaim misconceptions about beauty and unhealthy bodies.

Obesity is a disease, and that is a scientific fact. It damages your heart, veins, kidneys, liver, other vital organs, and even bones. How is that beautiful?

A healthy mind in a healthy body. Take care of yourselves!

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