The story goes, a lady was walking into her gym when she noticed a poster that depicted a skinny woman that asked, “Would you rather be a mermaid or a whale this summer?”
The lady (size unknown) responded with one of the best answers I have ever heard:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defends and admires.
Mermaids do not exist. But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
To me, this is very eye-opening, because most women would reply, that they wanted to be a mermaid. With today’s pressure to be thin, especially in the world of fashion, this story helps to bring back a realistic acceptance of our bodies and the support of other women.
What issues do you have with weight in today’s society?