33-year-old Canadian mom Tanis Jex-Blake found herself breaking down in her car after a traumatic trip to the beach.
She had just worn her first bikini in 13 years, and was getting a tan when two men and a woman made fun of her belly, laughing while pointing at her stretch mark-laden tummy. Jex-Blake, a mom to five kids, heard one of them say, “Oh my God, look at that, that’s f***ing nasty, that’s disgusting, look how gross that is.”
In an open letter on Facebook, Jex-Blake responds to the three who ridiculed her body on the beach. She emphasized that although her belly might not be as pleasant as it was before, she is not ashamed of it as her body had nurtured children:
“I’m sorry that my stomach isn’t flat and tight. I’m sorry that my belly is covered in stretch marks. I’m NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent and wonderful human beings. I’m sorry if my 33 year old, 125 lb body offended you so much that you felt like pointing, laughing and pretending to kick me. But I’ll have you know that as I looked at your ‘perfect’ young bodies, I could only think to myself ‘what great an amazing feat has YOUR body done?”
A few days after publishing the letter, moms from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada where the incident happened, showed their support for Jex-Blake by wearing bikinis and proudly showing off their postpartum bodies.
One of the moms, Carmen Bickery, shared in an article on globalnews.ca, “I’m proud of every single mark that I have on my body.” Bickery has three kids.
Another mom, Janine Foote, said, “I think it’s really important to teach our daughters to be a little more comfortable in their skin than our generation is, because I think we have a lot of moms who aren’t comfortable.”
As of yesterday, August 7, her letter has received 14,613 likes and has been shared 7,946 times.
What would YOU say to the people who ridiculed Tanis? Leave a comment below.