“Bikini Bridge” Hoax And What We Can Learn From It

    January 11, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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By now you may have heard about the newest thinspo craze known as the “Bikini Bridge”. Now we’re learning that it’s really a hoax.

…Or is it?

It’s been pointed out that the photos featured online and in the media were very real. If you think about it, those type of poses are very familiar as ads are always featuring similarly thin and scantily clad models.

What also can’t be called a hoax is the message behind many of the images. The idea that if you don’t look a certain way as a woman, you have little value as a human being is sadly nothing new. It is something that women have been dealing with for a long long time, and it has only gotten worse in recent decades.

Also not surprising is how many men with wives, girlfriends, and young daughters are commenting on posts about the trend to declare that they don’t see the harm or “big deal”. Objectification of women has long been prioritized over the actual emotional harm it causes to women and girls, and it seems some people are determined to remain ignorant. However that doesn’t have to be you, especially as a “target”.

Just because this particular trend was traced back to 4chan does not mean that the next ludicrous body fixation won’t originate elsewhere, and with someone looking to actually profit from the impressionable and insecure young women of the world.


So what really can be learned from the “Bikini Bridge” images and every other thinspo craze? Nothing good ever comes from letting unqualified strangers on the internet dictate your life choices and self-worth.

If you are determined to lose weight, it needs to be for your own reasons, not to fit any one else’s standards. If you are looking for guidance in order to lose a certain amount of weight, don’t look to “thinspo blogs”. Talk to your doctor and possibly see if you can be referred to a nutritionist or dietician. Consider getting a personal trainer. The bottom line is the people you want to be telling you about your body and the best way to care for it need to be the people with the education, qualifications and experience to back up their words.

At the end of the day, the internet is filled with harmful opinions and cruel individuals. It’s up to you to sort through it all in a sane and self-assured manner and separate what is useful from what is fodder.

Image via TomoNews US

  • Ted Turner

    Feel pretty stupid writing this article……………

  • Reality

    The reality is that we are fat in this nation. Pretty much all of us. We are fat.

    A) We need to realize we are fat and do something about it. It is not healthy or attractive.

    B) However, that doesn’t mean a person is not worth anything or less of a person. It just means they gained weight. That is it. It is hard nowadays. With so little free time. Work. Travel times to work. Steroid based foods. The internet.

    In fact, I can guarantee you that if we got rid of the internet. The world would get a lot slimmer. Really look at fat in this nation. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and there were very few fat people. Very few. Girls were always slim. But towards the late 90’s weight exploded and continued through the mid 2000’s and now it is out of control. What literally came online during that time? The internet.

    • Erin

      I’m sure you didn’t mean to be hurtful, and I know there are a lot of people that agree with you, but saying that being fat isn’t attractive is part of the problem. Girls here or read that (and guys too I’m sure)and if they’re even a little bit overweight they think they aren’t attractive. Everyone wants to be considered sttractive, and when we have someone telling us we aren’t it can lead to some serious problems.

      • http://twitter.com/d4m_d33zy d33zy

        Cellulite aint all that pretty. Looks like old milk that kurdled and went bad with skin on top of it. Or that xtra fat and skin that hangs from the bottom of your arm. Oooo.. the double chin, thats klassic. And there’s always belly fat hanging over ur gentile area. Thats epic. All of that does seem a little over done. By default, less you live in an icey area, you should be pretty fit like any other animal in the wild not trying to keep warm in heavy snow and ice.

  • baysurfer

    O is nothing wrong with working hard on your body and being proud of rd work and having lean tive body. Theything wrong with perferring to date n hav rith others who do the same. As long as u treat chunky people that your not attracted to with same respect u give to people u r attracted to. People who choose not to keep up with maintaining a lean attractive body need to show respect as well to others who do choose maintaining lean attractive build and respect their rights to date n have relationships with others like themselves who keep up their body n not call them names like shallow n jerks etc. Just cuz of their preferences of who they date does not include people who dont keep up their bodys such as themselves. Just like they want respect n not called names like fat or slobby. Also people who work hard to maintain lean bodys naturally r proud of their hard work n have every right to wear something sexy that they r proud of that shows the fruits of their hard work. The rants n crying saying that a piece of fashion wear of somebody proud of how they look and having some fun after workin hard their body for that it leads to eating disorders is cheap excuse that disguises the real reason chunky women has a problem with a piece of beachwear lean women like to wear.that it reminds them they dont have a body lean and attractive enough to wear it or look good wearing and it hurts their ego n self esteem. As long as lean attractive men n women treat chunky men n women with respect they give to the other lean bodys they r attracted to. And when sombody with lean body chooses not to date u or go out on a date with u cuz they arent attracted to you in that way, Okn perfer oonly people with a lean body that doesnt mean they disrespected u.and it doesnt mean they r nasty bad person cuz they arent attracted u or any chunky person n u should respect their rights n preferences n get over yourself n stop crying bout it n realize if u wnna date people with lean attractive bodys u need to worry about your own body something u can control n get motivated twork hard on yours.instead of worrying bout controlling what others perfer and view as beingng attractive. As in stoop crying complaining that chunky isnt viewed as being attractive as lean. It isnt n u cant complain n control the vast majority into saying it is as attractive Or ask people to lie to u and tell u what u wanna hear such as your just as attractive as the girl in this pic here with lean bod wearing bridge.also realize nothing is wrobgng with fat. OOnly thing is people aren’t gonna b as attracted to u n you’re psex partner isnt likely to b as attractive as u desire.he or she isnnt gonna look like abercrombie model.other than thar theres no reason to hate your body or be jealosus of others with attractive body