A real brow-raiser

September 24, 2015



Managing Editor





For my first column in the Tech Talk, I wanted to write about something important, impactful, insightful and intelligent, to prove myself as a writer, someone whose words are worth reading.


However, as I was perusing news sites for my topic of discussion, I discovered the Internet has recently coined the term “thighbrow,” and I just couldn’t help myself.


So, here I am instead delving into the world of tumblr, hashtags and Kardashian sisters.


For those of you who have not heard of the newest body trend, allow me to explain. The “thighbrow” is the fold of skin that appears at the top of the leg when sitting down or bending forward. For visual aid, just log in to Instagram and search #thighbrow, you will find a plethora of examples.


The purpose of the thighbrow is to accentuate the hips and thighs to give a more full-figured look.


To achieve this, one does need to have a certain amount of curve in that area.


As someone who was genetically out of style during the thigh gap trend, a very vain part of me is excited that the mainstream standard of beauty is moving towards something marginally closer to my body type.


However, the larger part of my consciousness is bothered by this trend just as much as I was by the thigh gap.


The thighbrow is just another example of pop culture’s recent obsession with “thick” women.


This shift in taste, while probably closer to the average woman in some ways, is fraught with the same issues that came with Hollywood’s demand for thin women.


In a society where Facebook friends regularly share graphics reading, “real men love curves, only dogs go for bones,” and a pop mogul is praised for calling thinner girls “skinny b******,” the shift can no longer be labeled as body positivity.


Just because more women identify with the thighbrow trend than did the thigh gap, it is not any less alienating of those with different proportions.


It is not the trend in itself that is problematic, but the accompanying ridicule of those who do not conform to it.


So, if you want to show off your gap or your brow, more power to you. Just keep in mind that those whose thighs fill a different category are just as worthy of a hashtag.


Rachel Maxwell is a sophomore journalism major from  Benton who serves as managing editor for The Tech Talk.


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