SA: Body shaming is never ever ever ever ever ever OK.
This means she has absolutely no patience for those who think it’s OK to shame her for wearing a sports bra while running, and she’ll call you out and lay the smackdown on you if you try.
Her recent run-in with a body shaming guy proves men are gross and Roberts is one strong woman.
Kelly Roberts wasn’t always throwing her hands up in triumph at the finish line of marathons.
Her Instagram bio describes her as the “Former President of the ‘I F*cking Hate Running Club.’”
Kelly is open about the fact that after her brother passed away suddenly, she gained over 75 pounds but eventually found the strength to work to get her life back.
Now, Kelly is happy, healthy, and absolutely killing it. She’s a body positive advocate and fitness fanatic, and when she posted this inspiring picture, the Internet quickly reacted.
The majority of responses were positive.
Women took Roberts’ inspiring message to heart and dismissed the trolls and haters outright.
Even though most people were supportive, there were definitely some “jerks” who tried to shame Roberts for her wardrobe choices.
Speaking with POPSUGAR, Roberts said, “Every week I field comments and emails from men (always men) shaming me or policing my weight. If you could see my inbox and some of the emails I get, you’d want to light things on fire.”
What is it about men? While women are praising and thanking Roberts for her message, men are over there thinking they have some sort of claim over women’s bodies and the right to tell them how they should look.
Why? Maybe it’s hundreds of years of internalized misogyny and outward sexism. Maybe it’s because women’s bodies are constantly sexualized without theirconsent.
Whatever the reason, it’s so incredibly wrong there are no words for how wrong it is.
Get ready to see red. Roberts posted one of many ridiculously awful messages she’s received and clapped back with an awesome response.
She’s much more composed and eloquent in her response than she had to be. “I hope one day you can obtain the strength I’ve worked tirelessly for,” Roberts wrote. “Until then, know that I will spend the rest of my life empowering the women you hope to shame. You will lose. You already are.”
Hell yes. That is one badass woman.
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