Oh. My. God. There is nothing I love more in this short life than being objectified. I know that’s a general term, so let me be more specific: I really dig being physically objectified by quartering off and then fetishizing parts of my body by holding them to impossible beauty ideals. As someone who’s struggled for a long time about her fluffy thighs, chubby knee caps, and comparatively tiny calves, when I heard the term “thigh gap,” my heart stopped.
Here it is! At last, the one phrase I’ve been looking for. After a lifetime of well meaning important adults in my life
who think they’re being funny but are really causing undue stress, anxiety, negative body image, and gigantic self esteem issues during an already chaotic time calling my growing legs “thunder thighs,” I now had an impossible ideal to attach my legs to! The thigh gap! Not to be confused with thigh brows, the thigh gap is the literal space between your thighs… yup, that’s about it. Turns out, you can’t even search the term on Tumblr and Instagram without coming up with a pop up that suggests different avenues in which to seek help if you have an eating disorder.
So, I had to do some independent Googling… and I found these 10 amazing thigh gaps you all have to see right now.
Brittany 'Bree' NewsomeFollowing the Charleston massacre at Emmanuel AME Church, Bree Newsome, in an act of courageous civil disobedience, climbed all the way to the top of the flag pole at the South Carolina state capitol to take down the Confederate flag - but, check out that thigh gap! She's using her legs to power her body to dismantle a historic symbol of systemic racism! She refused to stop her mission at the request of present law officers and was arrested upon her decent. Bree said, regarding why she took the flag down: "[The Confederate Flag] is a reminder how, for centuries, the oppressive status quo has been undergirded by white supremacist violence with the tacit approval of too many political leaders." Remember, even if you're using a climbing harness like Bree, you'll need to (temporarily) separate your thighs to properly ascend a flag pole.
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana GlazerThese power-besties created the popular TV show, Broad City (executive produced by Amy Poehler - nbd), based on their web series of the same name. Instead of idly waiting around for opportunity, Abbi and Ilana made theirs. Check them out, taking up space with their legs apart! Thigh gap goals: I want to have my own TV show! Don't they look like they're having the most fun? The stoner/slacker brand of comedy seemed only open to male leads (aka Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen films. Does it need saying?) Cue: Broad City. It's hard for me to articulate why this show is so important to me and why I find it so funny, but every time I see it it feels like I'm hanging out with my best friends. Oh, and also their thighs are apart in these photos. That might be important.
Sampat Pal DeviLeader of Gulabi Gang aka The Pink Gang, Sampat Pal Devi's mission is simple: to protect women from abuse through enhancing their basic skills and gaining economic security. The gang originally started as Sampat and five other women in her village against one particular abuser, whom Sampat witnessed brutally beating his wife. Steadfast in fighting against corruption, Sampat and the Gulabi Gang don their pink saris to discourage child marriages in rural villages in India and champion basic human rights for the poor. They are the crime fighting girl gang we all wish we could join. Um, I guess she moved her legs apart to lean forward and make a point, like you do when you're casually saving your community from everyday injustices. Still technically counts as a thigh gap!
Benazir Bhutto and Hillary ClintonThe 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan and the former First Lady were photographed during Hillary's visit to Bhutto's country during the Clinton presidency. Clinton said that Benazir Bhutto was the only celebrity she has ever stood in a rope line to see and remembers her saying "Women who take on tough issues and stake out new territory are often on the receiving end of ignorance," regarding being both powerful on a global scale and female. Bhutto served two terms as Prime Minister and was later assassinated in 2007. Clinton is currently running for President. But, look at that retro throwback of two world leaders standing with their thighs not touching. Crap, I forgot to write about their legs. Well, you can see them in the picture, so... there you go!
Serena WilliamsI don't even like sports, but in case you missed it, Serena Williams is the greatest American athlete in any sport, of any gender, of any race. I can see why you may have missed her accomplishments. All that streams across my social media feed seems to be some Internet neck beard critiquing her body, rumors about who she's dating, whether or not she's a virgin, and complaining about her grunting while breaking records and setting new ones by being, y'know... generally better than everyone. So, now that that's all cleared up, we can go back to refocusing on her athletic achievements because that's her job and what she's been doing professionally for the past 15 years, again - in case we all missed it. But check out that thigh gap and perfect form (kidding - I know nothing about proper tennis form, but if she's the actual best athlete in America, she's clearly doing something right). Credit: Chris Trotman / Stringer
Sarah RoblesSarah Robles is the highest ranking American weightlifter, male or female. You may have missed her during the last Olympic games in London because women's weightlifting is a relatively new sport and also because Sarah Robles received no corporate sponsorship despite her outstanding athletic ability, resulting in her living in poverty. She can lift 568 pounds, as of 2012. There's no way she could do that without that thigh power - what a thigh gap! A body image activist, Robles said, "I’ve learned that if you love yourself now, you can do amazing things. If you don’t, you’re closing so many doors [...] It’s not an easy thing to do. It takes work and it takes practice. Just like my sport.”
Misty CopelandThe first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre in their 75-year company history, Misty Copeland can throw her leg behind her back with seemingly effortless grace and strength (#thighgap). Seriously, how does she make it look so easy? How did she get that flawless? You may know her from this Under Armour commercial that went viral. Misty Copeland is a living example as to why you should not listen when others try to tear down your dreams. The face of a new classical ballet, where all are included and interested, Misty Copeland is arguably the most famous ballerina in America. She wrote a memoir Life In Motion, and has been constantly outspoken about her ambition to be a principal dancer and made history earlier this year.
Constance WuPlaying Fresh Off The Boat's Jessica Huang, Constance Wu is a literal non-stop fountain of wisdom and awesomeness. Advocating for representation in the media both on screen and behind the camera, Constance Wu is never shy about saying what she really means without any sugar coating. Always articulate, she's been dropping truth bombs like: "Want farsighted currency in the creative world? Have the courage to be uncool, warts and all. Those are the stories that stick with us." Just go ahead and write that on a post-it and stick it everywhere you need to see it. This is a picture of her standing with her legs apart on Fresh Off The Boat where she's possibly the funniest character.
Sheryl SandbergFacebook COO and best selling author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg is a badass. She keeps the largest social media empire afloat and wrote the bible on girls getting ahead at work and in life. Reportedly worth $1 billion, Sandberg turned Facebook into an even more profitable site in 2010. In her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines what is preventing women from obtaining leadership positions at work, from sexual harassment to blatant v. subtle sexism and discrimination. While intended for women, it has also found an audience with men who want to contribute to a more equal workplace for women. This is her standing with her best selling book and do I really have to talk about the space between her thighs I'm so bored with talking about it. Credit: Brent N. Clarke / Contributor
Me!Yup, those are my aforementioned large, fluffy thighs. This awful lighting in my bedroom makes it so you can even see the wavy ripples of not-muscle. Again, that could just be the lighting. I am not a skinny woman and I have never been one. Having a thigh gap has nothing to do with how big your legs are and everything to do with how your bones shape your body. I have wide hips, my legs are farther apart, I thusly have a thigh gap. Who cares? These are just my thighs and I have bigger fish to fry in my life than worrying about whether or not my legs are aesthetically pleasing to people who do not interact with them daily. So far, I have received 0 complaints from anyone relevant and the children I nanny have deemed them excellent for lap-sits. Job well done, thighs! Keep up the good work!
What do you think about thigh gaps? How do you feel about body standards? Let me know in the comments.
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