EDMONTON, Canada — Tanis Jex-Blake took her own stand against bullying after she was humiliated during a trip with her five — yes, FIVE — kids to the beach. According to GlobalNews, Jex-Blake was sunbathing — wearing a bikini in public for the first time in 13 years — when she heard people nearby commenting about something negatively. Turns out,she was the target.
“All of a sudden, I heard, ‘Oh my God! Look at that. That’s f****ng nasty. That’s disgusting. Look how gross that is,’” Jex-Blake told GlobalNews, adding that she opened her eyes and saw two men and a woman pointing her direction, pretending to kick her.
Although she did not let the effects of the mocking immediately show, Jex-Blake says she cried the whole way home. But then…. she decided to respond by posting to Facebook an open letter to the two men and the woman. And she even included a bikini pic, stretch marks and all.
The open letter:
“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.”
While Jex-Blake’s Facebook post has been shared thousands of times, a radio station in Edmondton re-posted the photo, which has been shared more than a million times.