OK so the first I heard of this new body image obsession was on The Kane Show, the morning radio show I listen to make my hour or longer commute bearable. You should listen. The DJs are an entertaining bunch.
So what the hell is a “Thigh Gap?”
According to the NJ high school juniors interviewed by GMA reporter JuJu Chang it’s when you’re standing with your feet and knees together and there is a space between your thighs that is viewed as the “ideal body shape.” Yup don’t have one, not sure I ever did.
Why is this a new and dangerous obsession? Well besides that fact that it’s predominately runway or severely photoshopped models that sport this new “trend,” it’s damn near impossible to achieve this “gap.” Teen psychologist Barbara Greenburg called it an “unattainable goal.” Agreed. Personally the closest I ever got to a “gap” was between my teeth during my adolescences for which slllooowwwly corrected, we’re talking 5 years people, by braces due to my over bite and a whole mess of other dental problems. Thanks genetics.
No really, genetics plays a huge role in how we’re built. I like to call it the 50/50. Half is genetics and half is the lifestyle we lead, which means what we eat, how often we exercise and being overall happy campers. Also side note these genetics mean some of these images on Tumblr and walking up and down a runway have bow’d legs which can look just like a Thigh Gap.
I went on Tumblr to just see how many pictures were focused on the Thigh Gap. It’s a proper noun at this point. And I was just completely… just— I don’t even know if shocked is the right word. I was angry, upset, disheartened and just plain pissed off that girls are promoting and supporting an unrealistic standard of beauty.
So why again does a Thigh Gap matter to teen girls? A Thigh Gap is like an accessory that makes clothing like “tight jeans and leggings look better” according to the high school juniors. The Thigh Gap is a status symbol. The girls don’t want to achieve it to impress the boys the boys “don’t even know what it is!” But instead girls do it to compete with other girls in achieve the top of the popularity ladder. “It’s a girl thing,” said Hailee Perez. The wider the Thigh Gap the higher your popularity status.
What do you think about this crazy, crazy dangerous body image trend among teen girls? Agree, disagree? Outraged? I love comments!