Is a pregnant woman parading in a bikini something to celebrate, or should she cover up? Women online are hashing it out after a Texas “7th Annual Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest” crowned yet another winner.
One Cafestir Mom, who says it give her the “heebie jeebies,” declares, “Maybe I’m a closet prude, but I just can’t condone this madness.” Meanwhile, another mother states, “[P]articipating in a fun contest and looking sexy while doing it is every woman’s (and man’s!) prerogative. It’s not like this was a pregnant wine-chugging contest. I’m hard-pressed to believe that letting a breeze caress your belly in public while pregnant poses a risk to the baby.”
Oddly, I don’t find the contest that offensive. The pregnant body is beautiful, and women who are able to feel both confident and even sexy especially weeks from delivery, should be commended, not chastised. Perhaps if we were more comfortable with the body immediately prior to birth, people would be less disturbed by other natural aspects of child rearing, like public breastfeeding.
If anything bothers me, it’s “diaper changing” as a talent contest. Faster diaper changes aren’t talent. Getting them switched without pee in your face or poop on your hands, now that’s a talent.
Watch excerpts of the contest below and see if you find it exploitative.
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