Thin Skinned.

23 May
So I had a totally different article planned for this week that involved big sunglasses, jeans, and the fact that my ass would never be the same after childbirth. Then Friday night my husband was going out for boys night so I bought treats and a magazine to enjoy while I watched HGTV until my eyes bled.  The magazine I bought was everything I wanted on a Friday night. New clothes, make up, and a few so-called “feminist articles” to make the magazine feel like we support the sisterhood!

On the cover of the magazine are Kate Hudson and Gennifer Goodwin, so I flipped to the article about their movie…and then I flipped out!!! The article (written by a woman by the way) does nothing but glorify how thin Kate Hudson is despite being six months pregnant.  And while Kate gloats about not having bought one single maternity item our reporter tells us that Ginny (who is “so slight you could fit her in your pocket”) listens wide-eyed and rapt to Kate talk about how “thanks to morning sickness” she has only gained 11 pounds. It was like “Thin Porn.”
In the first paragraph alone I was exposed to “So Trim,” “So bikini ready,” “Your body is ridiculous,”  and all in reference to a pregnant woman.
Sure we’ve been exposed all our lives to the media telling us that thin is the only way to true happiness but celebrating thinness during pregnancy actually made me sick.
The article was probably NOT how the conversation went between Ginny and Kate but the reporter felt THIS was the most important thing to focus on.
And this is a women’s magazine, written by women, for women. So then I asked myself why are we doing this to each other? What if we all just took a vow to stop making everything about weight? What if we make it about health and happiness and let the rest of this garbage fall to the bottom of a sinkhole where it belongs?
We can’t control what other people write, but Nicole and I are taking a vow right here and now to STOP the over glorification of thin. It doesn’t mean I can’t talk about how my ass will never be the same after my baby. Because when I finally publish that article you’ll see that I when I look at my beautiful daughter I DON’T CARE that my ass has changed.
 Please enjoy these pictures of me gloriously fat, happy, and pregnant with my baby girl!

10 Responses to “Thin Skinned.”

  1. Jennifer Avventura May 23, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Great post. Society glamourizes these thin women, for them it doesn’t matter if they are pregnant or not. I haven’t read that article, but Im there with you on your vow.

  2. Deb McGrath May 23, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Oh boy does this strike a cord. Well said SF! I don’t think the irony will be lost on you when you read our blog for today called “Too Old to Swim?”

  3. Anita Martens May 23, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Preach it sister! I’m am so on that road with you. Could you imagine this world if we all stood beside each other in support with healthy lifestyles and attitudes…heaven!!

  4. Steph May 23, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    This piece is great! Excited for more posts celebrating happy, healthy, eating women! With thighs!

  5. Barbara Radecki May 23, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    We JUST today wrote about the same thing! Not the same jumping off point, but rather that horrible British survey that decrees at what ages women should and shouldn’t wear stuff. Un-frickin’-believable!!!

  6. Tracey Loskow May 23, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    I love this. I was quite disgusted with an ad on Facebook that showed a beautiful pregnant belly and the caption said “How to lose belly fat”. I swear the women on tv are starving themselves….too thin is just not normal!!!

    • society finch May 25, 2011 at 5:12 am #

      Tracey from what i’ve heard they eat a lot of egg whites and turkey bacon….fun.

  7. Tracey Loskow May 23, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Jenn, you’re beautiful pregnant as well as not pregnant. Too thin is not normal or healthy. I swear the women on tv must starve themselves. What are they eating in LA…anything???

  8. society finch May 23, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    WOW! Loving the the support!
    I propose a toast, to all of us.. ‘Health and Happiness!’

  9. society finch May 23, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Also, here’s the the URL for Barbara and Deb’s blog. A necessary read. I nearly feel off the couch laughing when it came time for the bobby pin! (Oh, you’ll know what I mean soon enough…)

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