Normal Bellies

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.

Posted in Blog, Life, Motherhood, Pregnancy/Birth | 4 Comments

4 Responses to Normal Bellies

  1. Ruthie says:

    joyce linked a blog on one of her posts this past week. and the post had a video which spoke to my heart. especially this line a womans soft tummy is a miracle of nature (meaning because it has brought forth life)

  2. Jobina says:

    How sad is it that I checked out the sight, thought of sending in a pic, took a pic, looked at it and deleted it. I just couldn’t do it.

  3. Jobina says:

    oops…site, not sight. I need some coffee 🙂

  4. Jean says:

    Yes Dixie, you are absolutely right. What we look like (faces, bodies, etc.) is not what counts. I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before though. However, putting on a pretty face,eg., smiling, being genuinely friendly means so much to many people. As for myself, this is what constitutes a beautiful person I have only spoken with you once. You seem to fit in that category. lol

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