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Mayim Bialik: “There are some women who love to show off their cellulite and stretch marks”

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On how comfortable she is with her imperfections:

I’m very human about that. There was just a woman who showed her reverse transformation, going from a size 6 to a size 16 and how empowered she feels. Honestly, that’s totally great for those women. I don’t have those feelings about the “imperfections” of my body at all. I understand there are some women who love to show off their cellulite and stretch marks; I don’t feel empowered by that. I think that’s going to vary, and I think both things need to be OK. I don’t feel shamed. I grew up with a very different standard of beauty and attractiveness, as did many women my age. It takes a lot of adjusting for some of us to get used to this notion that all of a sudden things women were teased for and hated for I’m now supposed to flaunt. It’s just not how my brain’s going to work, but I think both things can be OK.

… says the 41 year-old Big Bang Theory actress.

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Antonella
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Antonella

The whole being “proud” or “empowered” by your stretch marks is so weird and unnecessary. I have stretch marks from jumping from 5’3- 5’7 during one year of secondary school. They were unavoidable and are pale enough you really can’t see them unless you look for them, but frankly I am never going to go out of my way to mention them to people like its an accomplishment and will continue on pretending they don’t exist because they are annoying as sin but beyond that have 0 effect on anything in my life.

Haley
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Haley

Really? I was going to add “stretch marks” to my resume for applying for jobs.
Qualifications:
– High School Diploma
– Bachelor of Science
– Stretch Marked As F***

Leah
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Leah

thank you! it’s such a bizarre statement when women say “i love my stretch marks”; in the best case scenario they don’t matter at all, and all these body positivity activists trying to make them into something they love seems a bit silly. i feel like it’s along the same lines of not being able to admit to losing weight because you want to look a certain way–i have a lot more respect for people like mayim who are honest about it

Kate
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Kate

I totally agree…I have stretch marks on my legs from puberty too (so does my fiance, actually- so guys get them, too.)

I hate when people post things like “your stretch marks are tiger stripes because you’re a warrior.” No, it’s just something that happens when your skin grows or shrinks and it isn’t elastic enough. 99% of people have them (even models!).

jjj2
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jjj2

I don’t understand the whole proud to be unhealthy movement. While I am not calling her unhealthy, and I understand she doesn’t seem to be ’empowered’ by this movement, but this many times goes back to being proud of women’s bodies who are obese and unhealthy. Its not healthy to go from size 6 to 16, and no one should be proud of that. There should be nothing empowering about damaging your body or having a shortened lifespan because you have an eating disorder and can’t control the amount of food you eat.

Chloë
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Chloë

Well the first step to understanding the “whole proud to be unhealthy movement” is to stop deliberately mischaracterising self acceptance and body positivity as pride in being unhealthy. No one is rejoicing in acquiring additional/excess adipose tissue. They are, however, celebrating overcoming the self-loathing caused by society’s conflation of women’s appearance and their worth.
I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again: people who love themselves, take better care of themselves.

jjj2
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jjj2

People like Chrissy Metz and Ashley Graham claim they love themselves and their bodies, but they certainly don’t take care of themselves. I don’t know how anyone can say this is good. There are cases where women without perfect bodies are embracing their bodies (and that is great), but this movement in general is a lot more than just overcoming self-loathing when it is promoting unhealthy bodies..

Chloë
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Chloë

Again, it is not the body size/shape/fat % that is being “promoted”, but the positive mindset. When I say that “people who love themselves, take better care of themselves”, I mean just that: *better* care. Not ideal care, not what-it-takes-to-be-thin care–just better.

jjj2
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jjj2
I don’t know that I agree. Promoting the ‘positive mindset’ ideally would be better, however I don’t think that is what is happening. Ashley Graham has a huge following on this site. It doesn’t appear to be because of her positive mindset though, it is because she is very overweight and a successful model. People who are overweight can get behind her and be proud of that you can be a successful overweight model. Her fans and other similar models fans are not here because of body positivity, the fans and the models themselves are more promoting that you can… Read more »
Sarah
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Sarah

I like her for actually having a degree of dignity and not feeling its necessary to show off as much as in a transparent dress as nearly everyone else in hollywood seems to. When did being modest with exposing your body develope such negative connotations? Call me an old fuddy (I’m 28) but I really blame social media for the downfall of morality and setting women back by decades.

cam
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weird. stretch marks are unavoidable for some, during puberty i grew 6 inches very quick so i have some on my thighs and some on my butt. its not a big deal but nothing to feel empowered from.

Uma
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Firstly, how is she 41? She looks amazing and very youthful. Second, I love how diplomatic she is in this comment. She is an intelligent woman and you can tell. She doesn’t stir drama and she doesn’t blabber non-sense. Her position is reserved, but firm. Third, and completely unrelated to the OP but rather a comment, stretch marks are under no shape or form a sign of being unhealthy. Like many others, I gained mine when I was a teenager and grew taller and also gained muscle (martial arts). I was a 110 lbs 5’4 teenager who suddenly had stretch… Read more »
Maria
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Maria

I was going to say the same exact thing you said

carly
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carly

The headline quote didn’t really capture the tone of her interview.

I liked what she said, and from the headline I thought she was going to say something negative about “showing off” flaws, rather, it sounds like she is proud of women for doing that (something she wouldn’t do).

I too am near her age and carry similar feelings. I never saw a woman who had cellulite or rolls, or wrinkles, etc. and I struggle to find peace within myself for these issues.

herpderp
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herpderp

I think she is really cool.

Eve
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41, wow, thumbs up for veganism

Maria
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Maria
she looks so fresh for 41, it is a beautiful breeze of cool air to see someone with no facial “improvements” and considering her body correct, not perfect, not ugly, not impressive, but ok with good and bad days, as everyone have. and stretch marks are not a sign of an unhealthy body!! they happen when your skin grows and its natural elasticity does not cope with sudden changes. It is natural to have them, I personally dont have any in the front, even when my belly got huge during pregnancies, but ive got plenty in my back during puberty.… Read more »
ule
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She seems refreshingly normal and looks like she’s in her 20s.
I don’t see why you should either hide or flaunt your body. I dress for comfort, and if this means wearing shorts in summer, then my very-less-than-ideal legs will be on display. I won’t bring them up in conversations or point them out, though, amd nobody will care.

Frigga
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Frigga

She looks like a college student in their early 20s! Hope I look this good when I’m in my 40s.

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