10 Daily Struggles Only Curvy Girls Will Ever Understand

10 Daily Struggles Only Curvy Girls Will Ever Understand

Being curvy in 2017 is a blessing, but there are some unfortunate downsides that come along with having a little extra meat on your thighs.

Thanks to celebrities like Kim K and Beyonce, being a curvy girl has definitely become a raging trend. The amount of hype placed on having the perfect curves is everywhere and its spreading faster than the plague.

Being curvy is a blessing...well...a blessing and a curse. Here are ten reasons why the curvy girl life isn't as glamorous as the media makes it seem.

1. Our hips don't lie.

...but they sure have a knack for colliding with every possible thing that gets in their way.

2. Chafing!

The pain is so real. Try walking in a dress for a couple of hours, especially on a hot summer's day. After the first hour, you'll be walking like a penguin. And the scarring is so real.

3. Never being able to find a good pair of jeans.

It's 2017, the iPhone X can make emojis speak, but somehow we still don't have the technology to make jeans that can fit. If they fit over your butt and thighs, they most likely will be too big on the waist. And high waisted shorts? FORGET ABOUT IT. They fit just like underwear.

4. The "accidental lap dance"

Trying to find a seat in a lecture hall or a movie theatre without having to rub your ass on something or someone along the way.

5. People who assume you know how to twerk.

Just because that "thing behind me" is large, definitely does not mean I know how to control it. But I have to admit, when "Gasolina" comes on at the club, my booty has a mind of its own.

6. Boxy dresses never flatter us.

Any dress that doesn't accentuate your waist makes you look like a walking box.

7. Leggings that stretch WAY too much around the booty area.

Not everyone has to know that I bought my underwear at PINK.

8. When certain clothing items are deemed to be too "sexy" for you.

But, when someone of a smaller stature wears it, it magically becomes acceptable.

9. All the unnecessary attention.

Try walking for a couple minutes around town without someone screaming "Damn girl you thick!" from their car.

Sometimes we feel the need to hide our bodies just to avoid it.

10. Never being able to share clothes.

In a perfect world, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is real. We'll just have to wait until that day comes.

Despite all the challenges society throws at us, we curvy ladies rule the world. So embrace what your mama gave 'ya and work those curves!

Cover Image Credit: AnnaMaria Luciano

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15 Life Lessons I’ve Learned As A 12 Year 4-H Member

4-H has had an irreplaceable impact on my life.

This past year has been very bittersweet for me as it has been my last year as a 4-H member.

However, it has truly exemplified how 4-H is more than a hobby or activity for me. My family has seen firsthand how 4-H grows the leaders of the future and can bring families closer together.

4-H is a way of life for me. Thus, I apply the motto "to make the best better" in every aspect of my life.

Nothing will be able to replace the impact that 4-H has had in my life – it has greatly impacted my life and is continuing to do so as I explore new opportunities that I would not have without my experiences as a 4-H’er.

Here are some of the many things that I have learned throughout my 4-H journey.

1. Leadership is a behavior, not a position.

The best leaders know that they do not need a title or position to lead others. Instead, they must exhibit behaviors that encourage others to follow them.

2. You CAN manage your time!

With Kansas 4-H having over 30 different project areas, I quickly learned how to choose projects that I would enjoy that could work together. Leadership and citizenship can easily be a part of any other project!

3. It's OK to say no!

With all the opportunities that 4-H has to offer, it’s important to know when to say no so that you do not become overwhelmed!

4. You have a responsibility to others, not for them.

It's difficult when you give someone advice and they seem to ignore it, but you must remember that you did your best to help and cannot control someone else’s choices.

5. You CAN make the best better!

It's amazing what can happen if you try something new to make something great even better.

6. Be yourself.

4-H offers many different project areas that allow you to explore the things you already love and maybe even something new!

7. Don't be afraid to step outside of the box!

I remember being terrified when I went to my first state 4-H event, Citizenship in Action, when I was 13 years old. Now, I’m proud to say that I’ve served on the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council that plans many state events for Kansas 4-H!

8. You CAN reach your goals!

When I was five years old, I made a goal to earn a trip to Washington D.C. Even though it took a few years, I accomplished this goal in 2015 as a National 4-H Conference delegate.

9. It doesn't matter what ribbon placing you get.

The best ribbon I've ever gotten was a white ribbon at the Kansas State Fair. A young man was upset because he had gotten the same placing, and I was able to explain that he should be proud of himself for making it to the state level; we are still friends years later.

10. 4-H friends are family.

I met my best friend through 4-H and know that I have a “family” that will always support me because of 4-H.

11. The ribbons, trophies, medals and awards don't matter.

What matters is that you’ve tried your best and had fun. You can always work to make the best better!

12. You can always learn something new.

As 4-H itself proudly states, "4-H helps youth to learn life skills and to reach their full potential in becoming engaged adults who make valuable social and economic contributions in their communities."

13. Record keeping doesn't have to be dreadful.

OK, so maybe record keeping isn’t fun; however, the hard work can be rewarding. I was honored to win the state level with my Meat Goat Kansas Award Portfolio in 2014 and earn a trip to the National 4-H Congress.

14. You only get out what you put in.

It’s OK if you can’t say yes to every opportunity. However, it’s important to put effort into the things you enjoy.

15. 4-H isn't just for youth!

There are several ways that you can volunteer in 4-H, regardless of your age!

My life has and will continue to change now that I am no longer an official 4-H member. However, I am excited about the opportunities I now have as a 4-H volunteer.

Cover Image Credit: JaelAnn Hoover

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This Is For The People Who Say That They Aren't Feminists

There are too many articles and points of view to respond to at this point, so here's a mass message.

Consider this a mass message. I’ve seen quite a few articles on this site that I’ve been meaning to respond to with the same general theme: People that don’t consider themselves to be feminists.

I can talk on until I’m blue in the face to debunk all sorts of myths against the feminist movement and feminists themselves. This topic always manages to come crawling back onto my Facebook feed, and I think the best way to address this is to explain what feminism means.

You might say, “I know, I know. Equal rights for everyone and blah, blah, blah.” You’re not exactly wrong, and, honestly, that’s how I perceived feminism. However, I think there’s a better way to explain it.

Well, actually, someone else came up with it before me. I’m taking a Women and Gender Studies course this semester, and it’s already starting to change the way I define feminism. We read “Feminism is for Everyone” by Bell Hooks, where she defines feminism as:

“...a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. ”

honestly, I don’t disagree with her. She managed to cut right to the root of what feminists are advocating for, rather than just wanting to be equal to men.

Equality is relative. Black men are treated differently than white men. Trans men are treated differently than cis men. Gay and bisexual men are treated differently than straight men.

There are domestic violence and sexual assault victims that identify as male, and that isn’t addressed as often as it should.

Feminism isn’t about whether it’s “feminist” to shave your legs. It’s about sticking up for people who are different from you and that are in different situations than you.

Feminism is for people who want to be homemakers and stay-at-home parents, want to enjoy doing things that are traditionally “feminine,” or for those who don’t want to do any of those things.

On that note, I’ll leave you with my favorite Leslie Knope quote:

“If you want to bake a pie, that’s great. If you want to have a career, that’s great, too. Do both or neither. It doesn’t matter, just don’t judge what someone else has decided to do.”

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