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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Real Women with Real Bodies

I am astounded by the power of The Shape of a Mother. What it does is what the Internet was meant to do.

It's a blog that tells the Truth—with a capital T—about women's bodies during and after pregnancy. Advertisers, TV, and movies make sure Americans see only svelte naked bellies and perky naked breasts on women, making plenty of women feel that they become ugly because of the changes pregnancy brings to their bodies. The Truth is that pregnancy and post-pregnancy female bodies are normal. The Truth is that they're beautiful, because they've given so much to sustain a new life.

If you're pregnant or have had one or more babies and feel you must hide your "ugly" body, go see the Truth. If you're a man and you think you don't or won't like women's bodies once they've been changed by pregnancy, you need to see the Truth and get educated.



Anonymous said...

Even though I don't want it to, the photos shock me. Americans need more exposure to these bodies, evidently, because I know about stretch marks and sagginess but am just not used to seeing it.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Your reaction to the photos, Anon, is exactly why more people need to see them. If we regularly saw what human bodies look like under various normal conditions, we'd all be much more comfortable with our normal bodies. I suspect there would be far fewer people with anorexia and bulemia.

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