An Instagram post about his wife's beauty did not go the way Robbie Tripp likely thought it would. The self-described entrepreneur and "husband to a curvy goddess" posted a picture of himself and his bathing-suit clad wife Sarah to Instagram last week, where he explained that though he was teased as a teenager for his attraction to "girls on the thicker side," he's since learned about feminism and unrealistic standards of beauty and can fully embrace his love of curvy women. "For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc.," he writes, encouraging other guys to rethink the lies peddled by the media that they've bought into, because a real woman "has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty." While some have praised him for the post, most of the responses have not been so kind.
"Dear 'nice guys,' dating a 'curvy' woman does not make you a hero," writes Claire Cohen in the Telegraph. She terms him a "nice guy misogynist," the type of person whose bias isn't obvious right off the bat but who holds "outdated views ... about women, deep down. That by saying he finds his wife's body shape 'sexy' that somehow solves centuries of sexism." At the Daily Dot, Samantha Grasso dubs the post "performative feminism." Many commenters on Twitter agree, reports the BBC, which rounds up some responses. (Example: "Hope she responds in kind. 'I love this man and his commitment to tank tops. The way his moobs stand proud as he congratulates himself.'") There are those on the other side: Today claims "everyone's swooning" over Tripp's post, which has gotten nearly 32,000 "likes" so far. Sarah Tripp tells Today she loves the post and that she's "lucky." (Read more Instagram stories.)