• Mon, May 19 - 4:09 pm ET

Plus Size Woman Responds Perfectly To Instagram Removing A Photo Of Her Body

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A few months ago, body positivity vlogger Meghan Tonjes blew us away with her video about fat shaming. Along with posting original music, cover songs, and updates about her healthy weight loss journey, Meghan isn’t afraid to use YouTube as a platform for social justice– and today’s upload will make you want to stand on your chair and start a slow clap.

In short, here’s the story: Meghan posted a picture of her butt– fully covered by underwear– to Instagram. Instagram decided that, among the thousands of photos of butts available on their app, Meghan’s needed to be removed for violating the rules against ‘mature content.’ She doesn’t believe that her picture violated their terms (because it didn’t) and she has a sneaking suspicion that this has more to do with her size. Blegh.

You can see the picture in her video, and it’s laughably tame. After briefly explaining that covered butts don’t constitute nudity, she goes on to explain why it’s total bullshit to act like all fat bodies are obscene. According to Meghan,

We live in a society where we call ‘mature content’ things that we’re uncomfortable with. That’s why people have an issue with women breastfeeding in public because we are taught that breasts are inherently sexual, that a body that is exposed is inherently sexual. And this relationship that we have with our bodies and sexuality is, in part, why things like rape culture exist.

Um, yep. Female bodies don’t exist for the purpose of arousing strangers, and the skin around someone’s ass is not pornography. It just isn’t. Thank goodness for people like Meghan who aren’t afraid to say so. In her immortal words, “I’m sorry that I make you uncomfortable. My body’s not an apology. I don’t really care.”

Photo via @meghantonjes

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  • Charlene Kuser

    She is just ridiculous

    • BrandiMarie88

      Ridiculously awesome!

    • Carolyn

      Ridiculously Positive and affirming to all women

    • Misenhammer

      Ridiculously sexy and intelligent and esteem boosting!

  • Gi-Gi

    I loved her. I’m not plus sized but I think it’s great that she promotes a positive attitude about her body.

  • StrangeVista

    It’s time someone figured out to sue on issues like these.

  • Sophia

    She is so beautiful and intelligent ugh <3

  • Storm

    This is like when black people assume they are being targeted for their race. Seriously? Her photo was taken down because it was marked by multiple people as innopropriate, so it’s the people following her on IG not just some big head honcho, dumbass. She needs to get over herself – she’s obese, so what?

    • Misenhammer

      She acknowledges all of that (except for the weird unnecessary comment on the entire black race, obviously), her qualm is with the flawed reporting procedures of Instagram allowing valid postings to be deleted, or deleting some posts while similar ones are allowed to stand.

      But you’re clearly the trolliest troll not sure why I’m even bothering here.

    • rockmomma

      really storm she is not obese …..obese is gross and this womans butt is no near gross…..sexy maybe but not gross….and large women are treated different no matter how beautiful they are…..racist yes!!! so if you dont like what she says then dont watch it…..simple as that!!!

  • LynnKell

    Tumblr took down a photo of her for being pornographic???? Tumblr, get a grip, there are a bunch of pics and gifs of porn-y stuff with links to porn sites!!.

    Her instagram pic is soooo tame. Many, if not most celebrities have way more explicit photos. Instagram needs an appeal feature.

    • Rachael

      There are PORN BLOGS on Tumblr — literal blogs covered with videos and snippets of porn movies. It’s disgusting that they leave content like that up but they take a harmless photo like hers down.

    • CO

      That’s not what she said. She said adsense dropped her. Big difference.

  • Jessica Lynn

    This girl is my fucking hero

  • Tori Hicks

    I went to school with this girl. And she had always been amazing. Good job hun

  • http://www.CurvyGirlInc.com/ Chrystal Bougon

    All I can say is ROCK ON bad add Meghan Tonjes! Your butt is beautiful and as I like to say, the rest of the world can kiss the fattest part of my fat ass!

  • Bonesaw McGraw

    Meghan Tonjes never disappoints. Could listen to her talk or look at her butt all day.

  • ariellalabella

    She’s also a gorgeous singer.

  • Don Thomas

    Okay,

    Let me begin by saying that I agree with instagram’s decision to remove the photo…. Now with that, let me also add that regardless of what instagram’s REAL motives may have been for doing so, my agreement has NOTHING to do with this young lady’s weight. As a matter of fact, I think she is quite naturally attractive. My reason is simple…. It was just plain inappropriate! I don’t care if she’s 400lbs or was a brick house with a figure of 36-24-36, posting pictures of your behind on a social network just is NOT cool! There are not just adults that congregate here but kids as well. I think that it’s a beautiful thing that she likes her butt, that’s all fine and dandy! Here’s a thought, take a picture of it and download it into your personal private collection on your computer or put a picture of the derriere you love so much on your wall. But not everyone wants to look at that and should not have to. Just my humble view! Oh yeah, nice behind, btw! :)

    • cf4l_sayWHAT

      how was that photo different from one of a woman in a bathing suit? or do you not find swimming to be a child/family-friendly activity?

    • Don Thomas

      This was not about modeling a bathing suit, or a woman in a bathing suit. It was about showing her behind. So motive and intent must be considered here as well. But just so we’re clear, I don’t think showing someone in a bathing suit with their butt cheeks, or breasts hanging out is appropriate for a social network site either. No one should not have to look at your behind just because YOU happen to like it.

    • cf4l_sayWHAT

      again, how is opaque underwear different from bathing suit bottoms? where do you draw the line between appropriate and inappropriate? upper thigh? mid thigh? what about cleavage? and how is a topless woman different from a topless man? really, the human body is no more shameful or inappropriate than that of any other creature. and, most of all, you can choose not to look at her instagram if it makes you feel uncomfortable. she’s not doing anything illegal. heck, she didn’t even break the rules of instagram. this was just someone flagging her picture and a flawed automatic system doing the rest.

    • Don Thomas

      Okay, we’re just splitting hairs here… I mean really!!!! “How is a topless woman different from a topless man?” So you’re saying that if a topless man is outside watering his grass on a hot day that it’s just as appropriate for a woman to do the same??…. REALLY?! Then I guess it’s just as appropriate for a man to water his grass on a hot day while bottomless. No one that I know goes to the beach in their underwear…And just so you know, I never saw the picture until I read this thread. I am simply responding and voicing my opinion of it.

      If you don’t agree, that’s all good as you are perfectly within your right. My view is that a public social network is not the place to be displaying your behind simply for the sake of showing it.

      Okay, I like my penis but that doesn’t mean I should put on some tight fitting speedos to show it’s silhouette and then post a picture of that on a public social network. A line of good ol’ common sense has to be drawn and applied at some point. I take it you’re not feeling me… Again, that’s okay. She asked for our opinions, this one’s mine.

      Be well.

    • cf4l_sayWHAT

      obviously, we don’t see eye to eye. i see the shame in nudity as being a social construct that has no real purpose. and no, there isn’t any difference between a male chest and a female chest. i’ve seen men with larger breasts than many women, women with flat chests, and female toplessness is not illegal everywhere. and as far as watering the grass naked, so what? the only thing that i might question is the possibility of sunburn on one’s crotch. other than that, how is this hurting anyone? it’s a body. literally everyone has one. most people have either a penis or a vagina, and buttocks are as common as shoulders. why should we have to hide things that the vast majority of people have? it’s just flesh. it would be nice if society could stop having fits over nipples and do something meaningful once in a while.

    • Don Thomas

      Well, whatever rocks your boat. I’m just voicing my opinion. Since there’s no picture of you I can’t tell by your user name if you’re male or female but assuming you are female, if you have no problem with walking around in the buff or even just topless in public then do so. But I think you and I both know what the result of that action will be. You speak of the way you want things to be, I speak of the way things are. Society has not (at least not here in America) yet come to except where women walk around in public places with their breasts freely exposed. We ( again as a society) have not yet come to that place of liberty. The reality is it’s no big deal to see a man walking on a public beach or anywhere else for that matter without a shirt on. That’s not just the case with a woman and that’s the simple reality of it whether you and I agree or disagree. Hell, it hasn’t been that long ago when they started showing women in motion wearing bras in tv commercials. I think sadly we will only continue the trend of indifference that we as a society has come to adopt more and more over the span of time. So in truth, I won’t be surprised when this subject matter becomes the norm and then old hat. I appreciate you keeping this debate civil.