Canadian woman responds to stretch-mark taunters on Facebook

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EDMONTON, Canada (PIX11) — A Canadian woman sunbathing on the beach was taunted for her stretch marks and recently took to Facebook to call out her alleged bullies.

Tanis Jex-Blake, a 33-year-old mother of five, said she decided earlier this week to bare her not-so-tight tummy in a bikini on Alberta Beach. While she was tanning, she overheard a woman and two men making fun of her.

Jex-Blake told GlobalNews that when she opened her eyes, she saw the trio standing above her, pointing and laughing and pretended to kick her as she lay there.

Later, she took to Facebook and crafted an open letter to the stretch mark shamers that has gone viral.

This is an open letter to the 2 guys and 1 girl who decided to skip work today in Sherwood Park where they were building a house , but instead decided to come to Alberta Beach to relax in the sun, enjoy the water and some beers.
I’m sorry if my first attempt at sun tanning in a bikini in public in 13 years “grossed you out”. I’m sorry that my stomach isn’t flat and tight. I’m sorry that my belly is covered in stretch marks. I’m NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent and wonderful human beings. I’m sorry if my 33 year old, 125 lb body offended you so much that you felt that pointing, laughing, and pretending to kick me. But I’ll have you know that as I looked at your ‘perfect’ young bodies, I could only think to myself “what great and amazing feat has YOUR body done?”. I’ll also have you know that I held my head high, unflinching as you mocked me, pretending that what you said and did had no effect on me; but I cried in the car on the drive home. Thanks for ruining my day. It’s people like you who make this world an ugly hateful place. I can’t help but feel sorry for the women who will one day bear your children and become “gross” in your eyes as their bodies change during the miraculous process of pregnancy. I can only hope that one day you’ll realize that my battle scars are something to be proud of, not ashamed of.

Jex-Blake’s Facebook post was shared more than 3,200 times and she got dozens of supportive comments.  An Edmonton radio station also shared her photo and post, which had amassed more than 1 million likes and more than 87,000 comments by Friday afternoon.

Stretch mark screen shot


  • Jwrtr6-8

    At I was one of those fb ridiculers and I got caught up in the moment reading the “funny” comments. As the mother of 5 beautiful people that puts you above all of us who decided to degrade you with our internal ugliness! I apologize as a husband, father, son, uncle, and little brother. Women rule the world and as the mother of 5 you are queen and I hope that you can accept my humble, heartfelt apology for my shameful lack of judgment.

  • Mike

    Seems like a mad up story for self aggrandizement. I know humans are the worst, but three people stood over her pointing, mocking and pretend kicking? I can’t imagine a scenario in which this would happen to an adult on the beach. Whispers, snickers, mean comments about her between others? Of course. But what she said happens just doesn’t ring true. :shrug:

  • Jenni

    I ridiculous to make fun of people for stretch marks. But if I had them myself, I’d probably use something like striafade to eliminate them.

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