Jessica Simpson and the post-baby body “reveal”

It’s so troubling. Stars have babies, stars are expected to step out in public with their new post-baby bod and everyone oooh’s and aaah’s about how they were able to “do it,” you know–get that baby weight off in record time. And this should serve as inspiration for how you can too.

I don’t know about you, but as someone who has never gone through pregnancy to childbirth, being pregnant for 9 months and going through childbirth is inspirational to me. I can’t even imagine the toll it takes on your body and mind and I can’t fathom, I mean, fathom, putting additional pressure on my body after a performance like that (especially if you are breast-feeding, which is exhausting).

So there is something epically disgusting about the objectification of celebrity bodies, pre and post-baby and how that makes the average baby haver feel. Not only are lady celebrities fighting the passage of time, aging, possible weight gain and all the other unrealistic beauty standards glommed onto them, but they run the risk of becoming obsolete lest they let something like giving birth get in the way of that bikini bod.

So, I’m annoyed and disappointed (but not shocked) that Jessica Simpson revealed her post-baby bod on Katie Couric’s new talk show and this is a) newsworthy and b) supposed to be an inspiration. It’s important to note that Simpson also has a deal with Weight Watchers. And Simpson has been on the cover of so many tabloids, because of her weight (and I can’t fault her for making some $$ off of all the unwarranted attention) and I can’t imagine the psychological implications of seeing your body photographed and belittled. But I had always hoped that her lasting lesson from this would not be that weight loss is the way to go, but to stick to the “love yourself as you are” which was her mantra for a little while.  

And I’m not saying it can’t be both. Maybe for her, loving herself is loving herself at this size–that’s not for us to judge. But the unfair pressure put on moms right after they have babies to be tight taut little super moms is unnerving and it makes new moms feel like shit. They have enough to worry about, they don’t need the extra pressure of losing weight and fitting into unrealistic standards of beauty, as well. Media gimmicks like Simpsons only perpetuate the widely accepted belief that women’s bodies are always supposed to be objectified.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted September 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I would have hated to have my body put into the spotlight (like a star’s is) after my pregnancies. Being around lots of women who have had babies has shown me that everyone’s body responds differently to pregnancy and breastfeeding. I certainly would have hated being put in the spotlight in the immediate post-birth days, when your body is adjusting to a whole new reality.

    But I also HATE the idea that women who have had babies are SUPPOSED to look a certain way. Everyone is different. Pregnancy is not a sickness and, absent something going wrong, does not automatically render a woman used goods or somehow less attractive than she was before. Some of us like ourselves better after the pregnancy. Its not necessarily an unrealistic standard of beauty to look terribly nice and thin a few months after giving birth. Breastfeeding is actually an incredibly effctive weight-loss strategy for some people — while the opposite is true for others.

  2. Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    When I first read through this piece, the ad below it promised to sell me a thyroid remedy so that I could LOSE WEIGHT FAST! Now that I’m logged in, the ad wants me to buy baby clothes from Zulily. I’m very confused. I wish Jessica could advise me….

  3. Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I can’t help finding it sad that losing baby weight and swimsuit bodies count as news, when there are so many other important stories out there that never make it onto U.S. newscasts. Interesting, and a bit sad that Katie Couric’s talk show is focused on the smaller stuff, especially after seeing her hold her own anchoring CBS.

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