Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
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Is chafing causing your thighs pain and irritation? Click here for some suggestions to alleviate discomfort!
Chafing is a natural body issue that is rarely discussed in any mainstream media. Why do you think that is?
Many plus-sized women are embarrassed to wear shorts even when it’s incredibly hot out, due to chafing and self-consciousness. Be sure to offer compliments and support to friends, family, and even strangers rocking shorts on hot summer days!