Not sure how many of you caught the anonymous comment on my Woman Body post, which linked me to this post which then linked to a site called The Belly Project. And all I can say is “Brilliant”. (And “Thank you!” to the anonymous commenter.)
A couple years ago a friend mentioned that if there was a way to anonymously show his sons what “real” women’s bodies look like, that that would be a very good thing. And I think this site is doing that. It shows what real bellies look like. And it proves again that the taut, sucked-in, photo-shopped bellies we see in the media are not realistic. And it makes me feel normal. Which I like and is good for me to realize.
But the point of it is not to have a “normal” belly, but to embrace all of our different shapes and sizes:
But our bellies are beautiful. They are an elemental part of us, this center of our bodies. And they are beautiful and unique, each and every one. Yes, even yours.
So it’s not that I’m hoping our belly project will show women that they’re “normal,” whatever that means. But rather show women that their belly is on a continuum of bellies that are each fabulous in their own way because they are our own. (Dr. Karen Rayne, co-founder of The Belly Project)
Brilliant. Beautiful. Liberating.