Woman who started the 'Saggy Boobs Matter' campaign receives huge criticism
Over the last few years, social media has given rise to discussions about body image and body shaming, particularly towards people who have "unconventional" body types. Through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, individuals who have plus-size figures, or live with chronic health conditions, or refuse to airbrush their bodies have been going viral for their refreshing takes on what beauty really is.
The latest person to bring her topic to the fore is blogger and internet personality, Chidera Eggerue - and she's here to talk about boobs. Saggy ones, in particular.
After starting the hashtag #saggyboobsmatter last month, the 23-year-old did her best to spread the word about different breast shapes and sizes, and said that she "can’t wait to see a world where women feel safer in the bodies they were born in".
And, for the most part, people seemed supportive of what she had to say. After all, unless the only boobs they've ever seen belonged to porn stars, most folks would realize that saggy breasts are totally normal, and not everyone has perfectly perky melons.
"Saggy boobs are underrepresented," Eggerue said. "Being underrepresented makes you feel alien to society. This fosters insecurities in people who don’t have the mental strength to see value in themselves beyond other people’s standards."
"I’ve now reached a position of feeling comfortable in my body, but I wanted other women to feel like this, so I had to start the conversation by using my own body as an example."
Unfortunately, not everyone was on board with the movement.
Hundreds of men - and, surprisingly, an enormous amount of women - jumped into the comments of Eggerue's tweet in order to voice their opinions on saggy boobs. One musician even had the audacity to use the 23-year-old's picture in a body-shaming meme about attractiveness.
"Overall, I think the movement has been received with a lot of sarcasm and insults from men and a few confused women, which doesn’t surprise me," the blogger said.
"This concerns me a lot because other women who look like me are seeing some of the horrible responses to this movement and are now probably feeling more insecure about their bodies when they see the vitriol I receive for showing up boldly and proudly.
"Most of the responses have been horrible and disappointing, but I’ve learnt to not take them so personally. Men are socialised to see women as vaginas that think, sometimes. Because of this, women’s bodies are picked apart as if we only exist to satisfy."
While the blogger - who goes by the moniker Slumflower - originally set out to make a point about all body sizes being valid and beautiful, she also ended up pushing a good message about online abuse and cyber bullying.
"No matter how much you love yourself, randomly seeing strangers laugh at your body is not a nice feeling at all," she said. "Cyberbullying does not stop being cyberbullying just because a person is popular/famous."
Ultimately, the people who have been telling Eggerue to wear a bra or get surgery have clearly missed the point. Nobody should be forced to wear restrictive garments or alter their bodies in order to comply with someone else's idea of what looks good, and that's exactly what #saggyboobsmatter is trying to get across.