Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes last night in a cutout dress that showed a fragment of the side of her belly. The internet went crazy. Apparently, daring to leave your house weeks after giving birth and allow celebrity stylists to drape a Vera Wang gown over your gorgeous figure is “brave.”

 

Can we stop throwing the word “brave” around all willy-nilly like that? If it’s “brave” for Rosamund Pike to wear a gorgeous gown on her gorgeous body, than it’s “brave” every time I leave the goddamn house. My body does not look like hers, and I’m a year and a half postpartum. Calling a gorgeous actress “brave” for doing nothing but daring to drape a dress over a body that just made a baby makes the rest of us feel like crap. It’s also stupid. Since the internet seems so confused about the definition of “brave,” I thought I’d remind everyone what it actually means and also illustrate some actions that are, in fact, brave.

Brave - brāv/ adjective - ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

Now here are few situations that are “brave,” and a few that are not.

Brave:

Not Brave:

 Brave:  


Not Brave:

Brave:

Not Brave:

  Brave:


Not Brave:

Are we clear here?

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