I was just browsing the Internet one last time before turning in for the evening. I was in a relatively good mood, despite having to work late. It took me less than an hour to get home (a record!) and just in time to watch my favorite of all television shows So You Think You Can Dance, had dinner and a can of Ballas Point grapefruit sculpin while watching the show with my husband and daughter, and looking forward to a day off tomorrow (my third day off thus far this year!).
But then I ran across an E Online article titled “Jessica Biel Debuts Her Amazing Post-Baby Body—See the First Pics!” The words “post-baby body” used in conjunction with a celebrity peeve me just as much as sitting next to a guy who manspreads on the bus or subway. It is annoying as ALL HECK. I started keeping a photo journal of all the manspreading examples I come across during my commute to/from work. So, I’ve decided to keep a journal of all the celebrity post-baby hoop-la examples as well. LOL
Jessica Biel is one hot mama!…..she looks incredible! Wearing a trendy full-length jumpsuit and ankle-strap heels to a local studio for some work, the new mom looked incredibly trim for having given birth in early April! She paired her summery outfit with a light beige cardigan and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, which we’re hoping she uses to celebrate how great she looks!
So, I’m going to get this off my chest right now.
And I’m going to get my good ol’ eye roll GIF out once more to express my annoyance.
Altogether now: WOOP DE DOO AND LA DEE DA
I am so tired of this crap.
Magazines should stop glorifying the return of a celebrity mom’s post-baby bod, as celebrities do NOT represent the norm. Do you think new moms want to see or read about this waste of paper (if magazine) or html coding (if Internet page)? It’s like taunting 99% of the new moms out there with a “Look, this hot mama was able to return to look incredibly trim in an amazingly short period of time. She’s even got herself a bottle of Veuve Cliquot that we’re hoping she uses to celebrate how great she looks. Can YOU beat that?”
Not to be mean spirited or anything, but I have a lot more important things to occupy my mind and time with than to be concerned about a celebrity’s post-baby body, thank you very much. Why do magazines/Internet sites continue to obsess over that? Why do the magazines/Internet sites obsess over celebrity women who have babies managing to appear as if they were never pregnant or had a baby? Exercising to return my body as quickly as possible to my pre-baby condition was not even a blip on my radar after I had my baby. Exercising still isn’t a blip on my radar, ten years later. Exercise is good for the health and spirit, there’s no question of that. But as long as the mother is taking care of herself in the way she chooses to or is able to care for herself–whether that includes exercising or not doesn’t matter–so she can properly care for her baby, that’s all that matters.
Hey, celebrities have money, hired help, personal trainers, etc., which 99% of new moms DON’T have. Emphasizing such things doesn’t help the majority of people who live in the real world….so it brings me to the question: Why do it at all? Why do you keep on emphasizing the point that rich celebrities can immediately go back to their pre-baby bods? Oh yeah, it probably has a lot to do with the fact that SIX corporations own ALL of the MEDIA in the country and if they choose to continue to be misogynistic, then no one is going to stand in their way.
This is why we need FEMINISM. We need strong women to speak up, to challenge convention and bring about positive change for the sake of women.
We need to focus on moms getting the help they need–practical, emotional and social support in the 1-2 months following childbirth. Click here for what really matters to help new moms, and in so doing, help reduce the occurrence of postpartum mood disorders. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….there needs to be at least one article a month (in every magazine that has anything to do with parenting) that speaks about postpartum depression and postpartum adjustment, mothering the new mother, the fourth trimester, where to find local resources (doulas, postpartum support groups, PPD support), etc.
Let’s focus on what TRULY matters. #MOMSMATTER