Miss Gastrocnemius

18 Responses

  1. Joanne says:

    I’ve advocated for years, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” Uh huh.

  2. kmkat says:

    Okay, Ms. Educator, I had to google two, count ’em, TWO words from this post (“shalwars” and “gastrocnemius”, for those counting). You have beauti–, er, magnificent gastrocnemius-es, ma’m! Truly!

  3. sweffling says:

    What got me from your photo was the fantastic ankles! Coming from a family in which the women just do not have ankles, I am green with envy. But then of course that is in direct opposition to the message of this post.
    So, scrub that, and revel in the healthy human body, however it manifests:)

  4. Meredith says:

    I want your calves!!

  5. Avie Layne says:

    My first thought was those are the calves of a magnificent runner.

  6. Geri Patzlaff says:

    Joce, we both inherited our calves from Mom (your grandmother) who always described her calves as looking like piano legs. Yup. But they get us where we need to go. Being kind is more important than slim legs.

  7. alexandra says:

    I shouldn’t be able to relate, but I do.

    Me, from the anti-calf group, which would be whatever the opposite is of someone who has calves, that’s what I am . I am without calves. BUT I have long tired of walking toward a reflection of myself and thinking “Hmmmm… it looks like I’m walking on my arms.” SO BE IT. My legs work. I am so very fortunate.

  8. Maria says:

    My first thought was that you are so grown up! Put me to shame, ma’am. Yes sirree. I have been mourning my youth for years and there you go being all fine with yourself, as is. I been done told.

  9. Friko says:

    “Right there, that’s why writing is amazing. It’s therapeutic. It helps us find out what we’re really thinking. It clarifies. This is what I want my students to learn.”

    Whatever you wear, whatever the size of your calves, you are an amazing teacher. I bet even the class you described in your previous post thought that.

    Isn’t it sad that even now, so many years after the first modern feminists, never mind the suffragettes and the women who came after them, the war women who did men’s jobs, took on all-comers and raised children without husbands and fathers, women still see themselves first and foremost as bodies to be admired, ridiculed, scorned, lusted after, changed, starved into shape, be embarrassed about. Sod that.

    It’s good that you can take an unimportant part of your body and joke about it. I wish we could teach young girls that.

    (Jocelyn, I would be grateful and happy if you could take a look at my last three posts, all of them describing the same day and a bit lengthy. If you have time and inclination, that is. And if you could leave a comment, that would be even better.)

  10. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I also have those big Germanic calves and no shame. They’re the link to generations of women who have passed their genes down to me. Here’s to all of our awesomeness no matter how big or small or hairy or smooth or lumpy or dimpled or freckled or wrinkled.

  11. actonbell says:

    Fabulous post! And by the way, some of us can run twenty years without obtaining such marvelous calves. And it’s such a joy to transend all these hang ups we may have had in our wobbly younger days. Rock on, Jocelyn!

  12. We just spend so much time hating our bodies, being told what we “should” look like, fighting within our own ranks about what constitutes beauty and womanhood. It wearies me. I just don’t understand why we can’t embrace the full range of feminine beauty – muscular, fleshy, thin, whatever.

  13. Bijoux says:

    Who doesn’t want shapely calves?

    It seems a bit ironic that it was the Russians making a comment about masculine looking woman. Just saying!

  14. pia says:

    With each post you become even stronger, funnier and make more of a statement. But I have to say I love this line incredibly
    “Well, tighten down my wig and glue on some false lashes because I’ll be damned if I don’t look like a transgendered male-to-female.”

  15. Erin says:

    Beautiful post!

  16. Nathalie Hoke says:

    I had great legs for a long time. Starting in junior high, I got compliments on them. For many, many years I loved my legs. Then after having 4 kids and getting older, I stopped allowing my legs to get any air because of spider veins. I knew I was lucky not to have varicose veins, and that the spider veins aren’t a true medical problem, but…I was embarrassed by them.

    At a picnic an aquaintance was wearing shorts (she did not have “nice” legs.) and she remarked that it was very warm that day, and why wasn’t I wearing shorts.

    I said, “I hate my legs.”
    She said, “I love mine. They’re the only two I have.”
    OMG. I still have working legs to this day. The aquaintance is in a wheelchair now.

    I love my legs. They’re the only two I have, and I’m very happy to have them.

  17. Lisa says:

    I am in awe of your calves, and the love you have for them. So glad the demons shut the hell up and let you enjoy them. xo

  18. It is such a relief to accept the body you were born with and DGAF about what is “supposed” to be. Thanks for spreading the gospel.

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