Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

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Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

There are so many things about the female body that the media, our friends, our significant others, our family will tell us aren't normal, but there is still to this day tons of misinformation about what's normal and what's not.

1. I DO NOT HAVE THIGH GAP

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

This one was quite a recent insane phenomenon where women were informed that for some reason, thigh gap is something they should try to obtain which is of course LITERALLY impossible for some women based on their physiology. An inner thigh gap is often seen on very lean individuals, but it also has something to do with the width of your hips compared to the length of your femoral head. In the case of the latter, there’s not a whole lot that you can do to change how far apart your thighs are from one another because you were born with your bone structure and at however old you are now, it is impossible to change that and thus impossible for you to ever have thigh gap, but guess what, you're perfectly normal!

2. I HAVE WEIRD SHAPED BOOBS

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

Those special movies you watch would have you believing that there are only maybe one or two types of boob shapes you can have, but there are generally believed to be 7 types with a few variants on the types. Most women have asymmetrical boobs, where one is larger than the other. Your nipples can be centered, off to the sides or down below. A lot of women have a large triangle shaped valley between the breasts (which is why a lot of bras come with the same inverted V shape worked into them to support your girls). Pregancy, hormones, and puberty obviously can all affect the size and shape of your boobs as can weight gain and weight loss, but love your boobs, whichever type you have, because guess what, you're perfectly normal!

3. I HAVE HAIR ON MY NIPPLES, KNUCKLES, TOES, OR ABOVE THE LIP

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

Blame it on those pesky hormones. Sprouting a couple of nipple hairs is nothing to be concerned about. Some 30% of women have a few stray hairs on their breasts, and everyone, men and women alike, have hair follicles there. Puberty and normal hormonal chances can cause them to pop up but if they bother you, *gently* remove them. As for everywhere else, women actually have measurable amounts of androgens in their blood. The levels are much lower than they are in a man’s blood, but they are present. And the cells in the hair follicles on a woman’s face also make hairs in response to androgens. When a woman has unusually high levels of androgens in the blood, she can start to grow hair in places that most women don’t. Such hair growth may also be caused by cells in the hair follicles that are more easily stimulated by androgens to make hairs, even when androgen levels are normal. In some cases, the extra androgen comes from medications. Some birth control pills as well as certain steroids contain androgens, or have effects similar to androgens. Other drugs indirectly cause the body to make extra androgen hormones; these include some medicines to treat schizophrenia, seizures, migraine headaches, bipolar disorder and high blood pressure. So if you see a few extra hairs in places that you'd rather not, just remember at the end of the day, whether you pluck them, shave them, or leave them be, you are perfectly normal!

4. I HAVE STRETCH MARKS

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!
You may workout 7 days a week, eat a perfect Paleo diet, and still, yes, still have stretch marks on your otherwise very toned body. You are not alone. Some 90% of pregnant women will get some stretch marks, 70% of women who have not been pregnant will get stretch marks somewhere, and yes, even men, with some 40% reporting they have stretch marks. They happen, what can I tell you. They can be red, black, bluish, and white. Some women are genetically pre-disposed to them, there is of course pregnancy, there is weight loss or gain, some genetic disorders, muscle gain, etc. that can all give you stretch marks. There are some treatments. Some women respond well to these, many do not, but of course, at the end of the day, no matter how many you get or don't get, you are perfectly normal.

5. MY VAGINA SCENT

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

It is normal and natural for your vagina to have a scent that doesn't exactly remind you of your daily perfume. It's your normal body odor caused by your badass self sufficient lady part that can self clean, help kill off unwanted degenerate sperm, and help you reach the height of pleasure....but yeah, yeah, what is it supposed to smell like? When conditions are healthy, the bacteria that live in the vagina are a girl’s best friends. These microbes are lactobacilli, the same bacteria found in yogurt. In fact, a “normal” vagina will have a “slightly sweet, slightly pungent,” odor like the lactic acid smell of yogurt. There are a few very normal vaginal smells. One is metallic, which is usually associated with your period or contact with semen. Both can change the pH of the usually-acidic vagina into something more basic and thus, differently scented. The second is a musky odor typically having to do with your workout, wearing tight fitting clothes, or fiber underwear. Your vagina can also have a chlorine bleachy smell. It tends to do with the lubricants you've used during sex and whether or not you've used a condom. Of course if you smell a fishy, very yeasty, or other strong foul smell down there and or have other symptoms, see your Gyno asap, but otherwise, guess what, you're perfect normal.

5. I HAVE GAS

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!

Let's be honest ladies. We have built up quite the myth and legend around our supposed lack of gas or farting, but just between us gals, we know through your pained expressions that you've held that sucker in for the last 3 hours during that "impromptu" work meeting and now you've made a beeline down to your office, slammed the door, checked to see if anyone was around through the slats of your window, and then and only then between you and your God, do you let gas escape. Okay, you might not be that dramatic, but for some reason women are told that we don't or shouldn't pass gas which is of course, really biologically impossible. The average person, man or woman, farts 10-15 times a day. When you wake up you tend to be the most gaseous. Odor free farts do exist, and are the result of you simply swallowing air and it needing to be released. Men do tend to fart more because they tend to eat faster and frankly care a whole lot less about whether it happens or not. And since we are on the fart train, let's just roll on to poops. Your poop will never probably smell like a field of flowers, but you can in fact make your poop smell, well, less poopy. Those who eat diets rich in fatty greasy meat based food tend to have much fouler poop vs. those who's diets contain more lean meats, or vegetarian diets. It's true, that meat rots in your gut and releases with it some pretty foul odors. If you are a heavy meat/grease eater, change up your diet for the week to a more vegetable based, grease free, lean meat one and see if you don't smell the difference, but in the mean time, just know that either way, you're still perfectly normal.

Ladies, You're Perfectly Normal!
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Most Helpful Girl

  • Brokenheartedx
    Only 2 things a woman needs to worry about her breasts
    1- is if they find a lump
    2-they are tubular

    Lump could be breast cancer and tubular means they have no milk ducts at all.. and a severe sign of a major hormonal balance...

    Vagina should smell musty never sour or pungent...

    that's all really

    All normal
    Is this still revelant?

Most Helpful Guy

  • worldscolide
    I'm gonna have to show this to my wife. She definitely needs to see this. I love her so much, but she has so much insecurity.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • RexCatholicissimus
    I feel like if a woman hasn't realised any of this stuff by the time she's 15 then there needs to be a serious discussion about the state of infantilism we keep them in.

    The fact that you need to type an article like this and the fact that I've pretty much seen carbon copies of this article years ago disconcerts me.
  • TheINTJ
    This take made me smile for some reason. I think it's the way you speak. Great exposition on each points as well. 😊
    • Anonymous

      Thank you! That was such a nice compliment. It made my day :o)

  • Spiorad_Aisce
    Great take but you could have warned us you were going to shatter all our illusions (LoL) - I think the younger ones in their teens now are better equipped on some of the points but might still fall foul of the comparing themselves to others in real life and in the media.
  • Psi_Unknown
    Good points, the obsessive need to be nothing more than mediocrely normalized in the first place wonders me greatly.
  • ManOnFire
    Stretch marks don't bother me, but I do think there's something a little unnatural about thigh gap, yeah. Part of it could be because women's genetics have changed over time, but the rest I think comes from women trying to their damndest to be thin, which creates fragility. The rest of your list I think is mostly a matter of opinion and preference to other people. Hair on the lip or toes can't be helped, or a woman's forearms either. It may not exactly be beautiful to me, but at the end of the day it's what she has and it can't be helped. There are things about me that can't be helped.

    However, despite all this body image talk females use to try to convince us that everyone and everything is so against the female body and physical nature, at the end of the day females are still depicted as being sexier and more desirable than men, even if it's not really true, and whether or not she has thigh gap, lip hair, or belly pooch.
  • SweetHomicidalQueen
    You forgot to add that we poop too.
  • daremetwo
    It kinda sucks to be just ordinary & normal eh! LOL hahahaha
  • abundantlyrich
    I found the boob type chart interesting
  • aliceinwonderland69
    I shave my toes and fart rainbows. 😭
  • Vnmcisbddnow
    normal sucks though
  • IceEverest
    Good take...
  • skeptic007
    I skimmed this
    and yes hopefully they listen
  • lolitalulz
    there's no such thing as norma..
  • Pilulu
    That's nice.
  • Anonymous
    I prefer to not have all that kind of things
  • Anonymous
    sorry but I fart once in a month
    • Anonymous

      Now I am ashamed of being a woman

  • Anonymous
    Thigh gap was not something women were informed to try to obtain... a lot of males liked it and therefore women felt the need to live up to it... we didn't tell you to or ask you to. There was no campaign or media blitz... it was women being women. They heard men liked something and even though they may not have been able to obtain it, they felt the need to compete with other women for male attention and started striving for it.
    • Anonymous

      Though I'm sure some men did or do like thigh gap, this is a "trend" that has been around for a while, but with social media now-a-days, things have a way of exploding. Pro-anorexic sites have long promoted thigh gap, the fashion industry, some exercise sites. Rarely have I seen these crazy posts saying you have to do this so that your boyfriend will like you. I will agree 100% that this is women being women. If its not a lemonade and cayenne drink we 'need' to take to lose weight, or a no carb diet, or a corset to destroy our internal organs for a tiny waist, it's something else.

  • Anonymous
    women fart? holy shit. becoming a monk asap.
    • Poppykate

      But how do I stop farting rainbows? 😥 🌈

    • Anonymous

      @Poppykate you'd want to stop this? lol

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