Published Friday, August 1, 2014 10:08AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 1, 2014 1:53PM EDT An Edmonton mother of five who described being openly taunted over her less-than-tight tummy while sunbathing at a beach has received an outpouring of support after sharing her story online.
Tanis Jex-Blake, 33, said earlier this week she was at the beach in a bikini with two of her children for the first time in 13 years when she overheard a group of adults openly mocking her.
“I'm sorry if my first attempt at sun tanning in a bikini in public in 13 years ‘grossed you out,’” Jex-Blake wrote in a Facebook post on July 29 that has since been shared nearly 3,000 times.
The post also included a photo of her stomach – stretch marks and all.
“I'm sorry that my stomach isn't flat and tight. I'm sorry that my belly is covered in stretch marks,” she wrote.
Jex-Blake said two men and one woman on the beach pointed, laughed and pretended to kick her as she attempted to sunbathe.
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While I commend her on her attempt to 'speak out', in my opinion she's focusing on the wrong things. She does not have to explain herself in any way, shape, or form. Tall, short, fat, skinny, whatever we all may be the problem is not that we are too much of anything, the problem is that those who focus on such things are intellectual midgets who have to climb an enormous ladder to even begin to have a hope of becoming a half-wit.
Don't misunderstand me, I get where she's coming from. She was insulted and belittled but what transpired is not her problem, it's theirs. This is not about her body, it is about their minds and the shocking lack of working brain cells they must possess. When are we going to realize that the excess weight we may have can always be lost but the stupidity of the "bullies" is going to be theirs forever? Stop giving them the power! By all means, recant these tales on Facebook or Twitter or where ever you would like but let's start with something more along the lines of "Let me tell you about these three pathetic losers I had occasion to come across today...."