It’s not easy being a woman. I would say “in this day and age,” but it’s been hard for a while. Both men and women have had to adhere to expectations of their gender that are not realistic and cause severe confusion, self-doubt and confidence issues that make everyone miserable. Some people are more miserable than others, so they feel compelled to express their insecurity by projecting it on other people. Clearly, they’re more fearless and vocal hiding behind a computer screen, so one girl decided to do something about it.
Sara Petty Is Pretty
Like most girls her age, Sara Petty is an avid social media user and loves to post pictures of herself and her life. Recently, she posted some pictures of herself feeling confident in some of her favorite clothes. She posed in the mirror like we all do and posted her new collection of snapshots for her friends to see. However, then she got some seriously mean messages from people she’d never even met.
Girl, Look At That Body…
All things considered, the 20-year-old Bowling Green State University student has got it going on. She looks amazing and her confidence shines through the hate projected on her online.
“I had seen a tweet from someone saying that 200-pound girls shouldn’t wear bikinis. I just did some quick searches and found a bunch of similar tweets, so I decided I could do my part to chip away at body-shaming however I could.”
– Sara Petty
“Girls: Wear whatever the hell you want.”
This simple but empowering statement was the caption on these images. This strong message puts her whole point into seven words to live by. The only way to change minds is, well, to start. This is one heck of a start and has been creating a stir online. The more the haters hate, the more Sara smiles. There is only one healthy way to deal with hate and this is so it.
“I hope women realize how important it is to stop tearing each other down.”
She goes on to say, “We have a lot going against us as women, we don’t need other women against us, too.” So true.
“I also hope that girls are able to separate who they are from the number that shows up on the scale, and realize there is no number, high or low, that dictates if you’re worthy of feeling beautiful. Body-shaming will probably always be there in some way, but I hope my post helps at least some women feel beautiful in spite of it.”
– Sara Petty