• Wed, Apr 24 2013

STFU TMZ For Your ‘Not All Famous Preggo Chicks Have to Be HUGE’ Fat-Shamey Opinion

STFU TMZ Fat Shaming Pregnant WomenFirst of all, apologies to my girl Blair Koenig, because whenever I use the term STFU™, even in REAL LIFE, I always feel like I should pay Blair a copyright infringement fee because STFU™ is now synonymous with STFU PARENTS™ and Blair! I can’t use profanity in a headline and Koa Beck is working with our legal team to develop me a list of new and acceptable profanity terms I can use in a headline but until then I had to borrow STFU™ because I can’t think of anything else to say and I would end up sounding like Annie Wilkes in Misery and my headline would have been:

Hush Your COCKADOODIE Face TMZ For Your ‘Not All Famous Pregnant Chicks Have To Be Huge’ Opinion. 

Onward! The reason I am so cranky with TMZ today, who I usually love to bring me delicious celebrity gossip about the state of Justin Bieber‘s monkey, is because of a headline they ran this morning and the following article. TMZ why hast thou forsaken me?

Not All Famous Preggo Chicks Have to Be HUGE

If pregnant women were capable of jealousy, one would say Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson might be a little covetous of Kate Middleton‘s physique — ’cause they’re all due around the same time, and well, one of these things is not like the other. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Willows Primary School in Manchester, England yesterday … and you could BARELY tell she was with fetus. Kate’s due to give birth to Prince William’s baby in July … the same time Kim K’s due … and Jessica is also expected to deliver kid #2 sometime around then.

And then our friends at TMZ posted photos of Kate, Kim and Jessica so everyone can play a rousing game of “who has the fatter fetus bump” or something. TMZ fat shaming pregnant women is a new low, even for them.

It doesn’t matter if a pregnant lady weighs 800 pounds or 80 pounds. Overweight ladies can have babies, underweight ladies can have babies. The only person who should have an opinion on whether or not a pregnant lady is gaining enough or too much weight is her doctor, and even then his concern over her weight better have to strictly do with the health of her or her baby. Being critical of a woman’s body, famous or not, when she is pregnant is pretty much the lowest of the low. Women have to deal with this sort of body scrutiny and size-shaming (no matter what their size) enough when they aren’t pregnant.

Jessica and Kim don’t look HUGE, they look pregnant, and even though I think we can all sort of agree that Kate Middleton, due to the fact she isn’t famous for her reality TV past, is sort of a more “noble” famous person, it doesn’t mean that she is somehow “better than” the other mentions because her pregnancy isn’t more evident on her smaller frame. I can name a gazillion reasons why celebrities like Simpson and Kardashian can be picked on, but their pregnant body weight, and their not pregnant body weights, are NOT the reasons. This level of misogynistic body shaming towards women who are pregnant has to stop. It’s on a whole other level of oogie.*

(*Props to Annie Wilkes)

(Photo: WENN)

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  • http://twitter.com/TwAlexLee Alex Lee

    SMH @ the comments on that page.

    Has everyone totally forgotten that Princess Kate suffered from Hyperemesis? Really tough to put on pounds for your baby and yourself when you’re CONSTANTLY VOMITING.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Hahaha!

  • Victoria

    How about we just stop fat shaming altogether? Pregnant women, everyone else, no one deserves to be treated like crap because of their bodies.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      exactly.

  • CrazyFor Kate

    They do realize that, to a great extent, you have no control over how you gain weight in pregnancy, right? I’m guessing that all of these women are keeping themselves pretty healthy, but they’ve had different pregnancies, different body composition, and different lifestyles in general. Is it any surprise that they all look different? Why can’t we worry about something real?

  • Jen

    I loathe Simpson and Kardashian for the baby voices, and insipid comments. And admit I’ve thought dear God don’t let my boobs look like that if we get pregnant (I’m already a busty girl, it’s not Simpson that terrifies me its the giant boobs). But this TMZ nonsense? Not ok. Normal fat shaming aside. Her uterus can be set back further, she’s also a much smaller build than JS or KK or maybe the vomiting nonstop for 3 months did it. Who cares as long as those kiddos are healthy? (did I really just talk about a Princesses’ uterus? OH I’m done)

  • BGarcel

    I cant find the tmz article in question (a link would be nice) but from what Eva quoted, tmz is not that erroneous. not all pregnant women have to be big. i actually get sick of so much “anti-fat” shaming that goes on. some women gain more weight than others during pregnancy, and its not a sin. and some women dont gain much weight than others during pregnancy, and its also not a sin. we women should stop the weight-shaming altogether. but i’ll admit, i do get pissed at women without any pertinent medical conditions than gain 50+ pounds during a pregnancy and use the pregnancy to justify eating cartons of ice cream and such.

    • http://www.facebook.com/caitlynjade Jade Cahoon

      I agree, but only because nobody needs to justify eating cartons of ice cream. That’s just delivious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

    Can we just stop talking about people’s weight all together? I’m so tired of larger people constantly being “picked on” (for lack of a better term) in the media because of how they look. When, in reality, there are probably more people out there who look like JS after she had Maxwell than there are people who look like KK EVER. It’s almost like people think that these people would CHOOSE to be overweight. And it’s almost like they think a person’s size is significant in whether they are “likable” or not, which is the most ridiculous fucking thing I have ever heard.

    • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

      And I typed all of this in the midst of cramming 5 tacos down my throat, so there!!!

  • CW

    Princess Kate is 5′ 10″ while the other two are 5′ 2″. Even if all three gained the same number of pounds, the shorter ones are going to stick out more because there is less room for the baby to go except outwards. Unfair to us short women, but true.

  • Sara

    I gained 70 pounds in my pregnancy and felt totally guilty the last couple months, despite my ability to rationalize I should ignore any and all pregnancy fat-shaming. My blood pressure remained very low, no gestational diabetes, everything was very healthy, including the baby. And 40 pounds of that weight was gone by just two weeks after delivery. Turns out it was mostly water. Just, like, a ridiculous amount of water. Regardless, I felt very ashamed of myself the last few months I was pregnant. Its become trendy to judge pregnant women and their weight. It makes it incredibly emotionally difficult to be pregnant, because there’s already enough judgment of pregnant women out there. You’re expected to eat perfectly, dress fashionably, look happy, all while sporting a “glow”…its exhausting and stupid.