Whale or Mermaid? Fat Woman or Thin Woman?

This arrived in my email today. I have no idea who originally wrote it, if it was you please let me know and I’ll be delighted to give you full credit. You’re a woman I’d like to get to know 🙂

whales-mermaids Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring a young,thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym.


A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia.

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.

They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human?

They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex?  Therefore they don’t have kids either.

Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

The email concluded:

We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends.

With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, “Good gosh, look how smart I am!”

hehehehe. Love it 🙂 Have you read about the woman who was having a bad hair day?


  1. Kaja on August 6, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I woke up this morning feeling a little like a whale myself… but after reading that and laughing my head off and spurting my morning poridge all over the work computer i feel alot my comfortable in facing my oversized day with a great big smile!! cheers x

    • Bookie on August 7, 2009 at 12:43 am

      Kaja, little witchy whale – glad it made your day 🙂 Thanks for posting 🙂


  2. Anna on October 31, 2009 at 9:41 am

    The bottomline is that being slim (not thin) is healthier than being overweight. Many overweight, insecure women have an obsession with the term “thin”, but in reality most of these so-called thin women are actually slim. The media also “puts into our heads” that obesity is a negative and for that I thank them. Obese and overweight people take up too much space and cost the national health system a lot of money.

    • Sandy Kumskov on December 5, 2009 at 11:55 pm

      Hi Anna

      Thanks for your post. I would really love to see the research that backs up your statement, because all the research I’ve read, and there is a lot of it, shows the links are very very weak, at best. It’s interesting that the line between ‘normal’ and ‘overweight’, and ‘overweight’ and ‘ obese’ has moved several times over the last 80 or so years, and each time people who were ‘ normal’ suddenly,overnight, becamse overweight, creating a massive tens-of-billions-of-dollars’ market for weight loss products and programs. The shifts have been based on overall death rates from all causes, but weight is the one factor that’s easy to measure, whether it’s related or not it’s been blamed. There are NO studies which directly link weight to mortality, except in the case of extreme overweight, we’re talking 400 kilos.

      Movement is in fact much more important to health than is weight, and by movement I mean moderate walking for 30 minutes a day. Studies show that even conditions such as diabetes are hugely improved with just such moderate exercise, and no dietary changes at all.

      We have come to see health and thinness as the same thing, but they are not. Other lifestyle factors are very much more important. For example, hundreds of thousands of women smoke to keep thin, and I’m sure you’d agree that smoking is a proven health and life destroyer. The diseases triggered and made worse by smoking cost the public purse hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and take thousands of lives. Being “overweight” however does not, despite what the press-release-driven popular media tells us.

      By making body weight a disease, we can easily be lead to believe that a drug we take every day for the rest of our lives, can cure the “illness” of being overweight. As I write there are over 60 drugs under development for the “disease” of body fat. It’s a very clever strategy, and has not one single thing to do with our health. And it’s a very interesting diversionary tactic from the things that are actually making us sick, such as the plastics in every product that leech into the foods we eat and move through our skin from our cosmetics and detergents, that are changing the way our genes express, causing cancers that were previously unknown, and changing the hormones that drive our personalities. Much easier to point the finger at people our fashion sense considers ” fat” and ignore the really hard questions.

      • Jessie on August 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

        @Sandy Kumskov, AMEN sister! My nutrition teacher read this to our class! Awesome stuff!

  3. Amy on April 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    My fashion analysis teacher read this to us on the first day of our body shape unit. ^-^

    • Sandy Kumskov on April 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Amy – I love that women around the world are really embracing messages like this! Good on your teacher 🙂 Thanks for posting 🙂 ~Sandy

  4. britt1 on October 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I sometimes feel like whale.

    • Sandy on October 5, 2010 at 4:19 am

      Heh, it seems to be “normal” for we women to have the days when we feel like a whale. Thing is, as the story says, whales are *awesome* creatures…..

  5. Kiera on October 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I’m 15 and quite curvy I’m quite broad shouldered I have quite wide hips and my bra size is 32FF (UK sizes).My mum tells me I should be proud of my shape which I am but I can’t help feeling abit like a whale compared to most girls my age.

    This story has really cheered me up and from reading it I think I’d much rather have a whales life than a mermaids. Thanks for posting 🙂

  6. Lisa on October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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