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Pregnant Bikini Contests: Gross or Empowering?

Pregnant Bikini Contests: Gross or Empowering?


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 womanís (and manís!) prerogative. Itís not like this was a pregnant wine-chugging contest. Iím 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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2:35PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

I would not like the show, but,if it dosen't do any harm,then each to their own !!

9:11PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Whatever. I'd rather watch Project Runway.

6:28PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

all types of bikini contests exploit women-duh! I love the idea of women being proud of their pregnant bellies though--we are taught to hide them like it's something to be ashamed of--women should never be made to feel ashamed of our bodies, especially when we are pregnant--there is nothing more beautiful that nature at work!

9:30AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

bikinis hot prego hot yeah empowering!!!

7:47AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

i don't know. but i'm glad that these women are comfortable in their body even when they're pregnant.

9:04AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I think the word ' Empowering ' - which my dictionary gives as meaning -

.......... " Authorize ( to do ) ; enable "

-------- has been hijacked by the more trendy 'n' vocal amongst us .

In this case, have these women been empowered to be exhibitionist? I'd say - yes.

Perhaps some of the profits from these shows organisers should go to the Moms who had
complications with the birth of their babies.

4:53AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Pregnant women are HOT!!

10:34AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Uh, no! I think its degrading to not only the mom but also the baby!

11:08AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Would you go to a tractor pull contest, a frog jumping contest, a tattoo contest, or a pie eating contest? Maybe, maybe not. But that my point, there are many contest and only the people who wish to attend, do. Why spoil other people's fun because you think it is a bad thing? Grow up people who harshly judge others. Remember the song? "Everyone is beautiful, in their own way". ? Well, I bet you rather receive praise than scorn? What do you think creates a healthy person? Or a Happy life? Let's create a world that supports others in their creative expressions, and if you don't want to watch, simply don't go.
Live and let live. And by the way, I think both young girls and young boys should be more exposed to all the phases of being human: birth, babies, toddlers, young adults, parenting, changing diapers, older folk, real older folk, handicapped people of all ages, and dementia adults too. This way as children grow up they have a healthy view and experience of being human and thus may go into the jobs and businesses and services with real compassion as well as have a healthy self love for being human during all aspects of aging. That is a world I want to live in.

A world where each person loves who they are and accepts others the same.

Love is still the answer, and will always be the answer. Don't you agree? : ) Ahleen

5:22PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

This is no more "exploitive" than beauty contests in general. It competing to see who matches some arbitrary ideal & says to the others 'you're ugly'. I'm not saying stop all these contests just that they're stupid.

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