Friday, May 25, 2012

I'd be fine if I never saw another naked pregnant belly.

Stop taking your clothes off almost-moms.

Also, Jenny got it right:


18 comments:

MoreSkinnyDays said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love that pre piece of paper and home ownership this is a source of shame and anguish, but after it's somehow a miracle and beautiful expression of pure love.

Megan said...

what's so wrong with a pregnant belly? I wore a bikini when I was 8 months pregnant. Why should I have to "cover up" just because I'm preggo?

Decorno said...

Megan - I should have been clear:
PHOTOS of pregnant bellies. Like, portraits. Can't stand them. Be pregnant. Do what you gotta do. Wear a cute bikini on your baby moon. Great. It's all the damn portraits that drive me nuts.

Anonymous said...

The "portraits" are objectified/sexualized images. Often the portrait depicts not the whole woman, but just the belly and often the woman is partially or completely naked (a sex object) while the man is fully clothed and depicted as powerful.

The images are constructed (either consciously or unconsciously) from a very male point of view for a male audience viewing pleasure/consumption: look at my power! The portraits are creepy to me. Culturally, they serve to assuage male insecurity about female power to create/control new life and thereby reassert the patriarchal social order.

penelopebianchi said...

This is REALLY funny, I think! When Demi Moore was on the cover of Vanity Fair pregnant and naked.....beyond tasteful, I think!! I wrote a letter supporting that photograph! I thought (and still do) think it was beautiful! To Vanity Fair!

My letter was published. (I pat myself on the back.) Vanity Fair gets a lot of good letters.....I am proud)!!!!

Funny thing.......a month or two later; I went to my daughter's sorority's house.....(at USC) for the "Mother's Committee meeting; and all these darling girls......(this is the late eighties....and these girls are shrieking...."You were just on "Oprah"!!"

"No, I said...... No I was not just on "Oprah"!

Well.....Oprah did a show with Demi about this cover shot and Oprah read my letter. "Penelope Bianchi from Pasadena California thinks this is a beautiful picture....blah blah..." from Vanity Fair!!!
My daughter's entire sorority watched "Oprah" every single day........all of them They arranged their classes around her show. Think of it!!

So fast forward 15 years or so.....we build a house in Santa Barbara.....and who buys the place next door on two sides?? Oprah! She loved that story!

It is just really unbelievable on all levels.....and yet, absolutely true!

Crazy Pen!

ps I think pregnant bellies are gorgeous....and always have! That remains the most beautiful cover of a magazine I have ever seen in my entire life!

penelopebianchi said...

This "portrait " of Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair was probably before you were born?

It was an enormous brow ha ha!

I am still astonished that Vanity Fair published my letter' and even more astonished that Oprah read my letter on her show! So glad those girls in the sorority house were paying attention!

When she (Oprah) moved next door to me.....(and she did) I had a good story to tell her!

Yikes! Who would have thunk it? In a million years?

penelopebianchi said...

This "portrait " of Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair was probably before you were born?

It was an enormous brow ha ha!

I am still astonished that Vanity Fair published my letter' and even more astonished that Oprah read my letter on her show! So glad those girls in the sorority house were paying attention!

When she (Oprah) moved next door to me.....(and she did) I had a good story to tell her!

Yikes! Who would have thunk it? In a million years?

abigail said...

I'm 7 months pregnant and the other day while I was walking to work some stranger hollered at me, "showing off that baby bump! looking good!" and I almost punched her.
I am not showing off anything, lady. I'm walking to work while pregnant. Leave me the hell alone.
I can't help but wonder if other women would stop with the naked bump photos, people might remember that my stomach is none of their business.

Laura Zeck said...

No - Looks to crowded on the other side of the bed - Looks like a photoshoot smash together to get as much in as possible. Love the gold shelving unit - but what is that other white thing smashed up behind the bed and the wall - and the spoke clock tips - also not in love with the salmony pink and the overly giant print in such a small space - perhaps if it was on the ceiling you could lay there and feel about to be attacked but with it all around you there is no space for the eye to rest....

Oprah Winfrey said...

My nearest neighbor is six miles away. Girl, you trippin'.

Anonymous said...

So... you don't mind pregnant bellies in real LIFE but in photos?

This is offensive to your fragile sensibilities how? A bad picture is a bad picture - flat belly or pregnant belly. Who gives a shit.

If I don't want to look at your ugly face, I'll look away. If you don't want to look at my pregnant belly in a bikini, you do the same (btw, swimming and wearing a two piece is one of the few comforts in the knocked up state).

Oh and btw, can we just ban old people, any one with cellulite, someone with an appendix scar -- really can we just all agree that no one over 13 who has any perceived flaws and falls outside your narrow definition of attractiveness ever be photographed or leave the house?

Only someone who looks like Gisele Bundchen should ever be phtotographed.

Oh wait - she's pregnant again. Disgusting.

Women tearing down other women is SO TIRED.

Decorno said...

omg anon, quit freaking out. You're totally missing the point.

Anonymous said...

Women tearing down other women is SO TIRED.

Not tired at all. It's been great entertainment since the dawn of time. Watch "All About Eve" and shut your pie hole.

amvance said...

Wow, I did not expect the craziest blog comments ever when I started reading this...

I'm guessing what Decorno is responding to is the plethora of pregnant bellies since the Demi photo. She really was a trendsetter.

When I was a child, women wore large baggy blouses during pregnancy. They never did anything to emphasize their pregnant shape. And while I think it's okay that women are "owning" it and not hiding it anymore, it does seem like the pendulum has swung too far the other way--you can't buy groceries without seeing 2, 3, 4 pregnant celebrities on the magazine rack.

But we've lost modesty in every sphere, I guess pregnancy is no different.

mercwin said...

Abigail, sadly people will always think your pregnant belly (and any other stuff that has to do with sex and/or reproduction and your body in general) are open to their opinions and judgements and advice. I wish it weren't that way, but it is.

I agree with the photos theory, but that's just because it's not my cup of tea. I'm the same with women painting them like pumpkins for Halloween. But that's their thing and I can look/click away.

Anonymous said...

According to me it's even more passé to pose with your belly hanging out while being wrapped in white gaze with your arms folded over your breasts. Remember that trend? Puke. And for God's sake please quit taking photos of your partner making a heart with their thumbs and index fingers and placing it over your belly. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

And who gives a shit about Oprah? The world needs less photos of her as well.

Stephanie said...

Funny, I have similar thoughts when it comes to engagement photos with soft focus and both partners gazing up at the sky.

I'm looking forward to being pregnant, and becoming a mother. I'll definitely rock the empire-waists and the strapless maxi dresses, but perhaps not the portraits.

Design Junkie said...

I've been thinking the same thing! What's all the fascination with naked, pregnant bellies? And maybe the worst of the pregnancy poses? The one with the baby daddy holding a pic of the ultrasound out front.