Body Shaming a Pregnant Woman? I Thought We Were Better Than That

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Body shaming in and of itself is horrible. I used to be overweight (I am currently skinny fat), and I had to deal with body shaming by other people and, as is quite common, I body shamed myself. Body image is a huge deal. In fact, I would go as far as to say that body image issues could be categorized as a universal insecurity.

This insecurity is one of the reasons why many women struggle with the physical changes due to having a baby. They realize that their bikini bod may be hidden underneath an oversized shirt for the rest of their lives, and they make that sacrifice for the life of their child. There are very few things that are more honorable than sacrificing so much to be a mom — to be a provider of life. 

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So when I hear stuff about a female meteorologist who is pregnant with twins and is still forecasting the weather 35 weeks into her pregnancy, only to be mocked by internet trolls, I get a little fired up. Not only is she giving life to these children, but she's continuing on with her profession and hobbies and interests and loves — both extremely respectable and laudable.

Viewers of the newscast are going as far as to say that she looks like “sausage in casing” and that the way that she sticks her pregnant abdomen out is disgusting. Maybe I'm naive, but what else is her abdomen, which happens to be housing two babies, supposed to be doing besides poking out? She's tried to sympathize with those who mock her by saying “The nature of my job makes me an easy target for criticism. I will always understand that,” but I really don't think she deserves that treatment. No one deserves that treatment.

It's too bad that we applaud mothers and we applaud women in the workplace, but then some of us decide to poke fun at a woman's body, which is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing, because the nature of her job makes her an easy target. (I wholeheartedly disagree with that statement, by the way.)

But in spite of all of that, she kept her response to things extremely classy: “These particular nasty-grams were directed at a pregnant woman,” she said. “So this little manifesto of sorts is dedicated to every mother out there — other pregnant moms-to-be, moms reading this while their toddlers play on the swing set, moms whose kids have long since gone off to college. … You are beautiful.” 

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Body Shaming a Pregnant Woman? I Thought We Were Better Than That

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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