This week, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively have both spoken out about the pressure facing mothers to have perfect post-baby bodies, and to get back into the shape that society demands of them, as quickly as possible after giving birth.
Their comments have been backed-up by the latest in a series of misogynistic body-shaming news stories.
A new mother has been told-off at her local swimming pool, for daring to expose her post-natal stomach.
Lexi Sinclair, from Kansas City, Missouri, had been frequenting her local pool for four months after giving birth, with her new-born son, Christian. One day last week, Sinclair was approached by a woman who suggested she wear a one-piece instead, to make the men at the pool more ‘comfortable.’
Sinclair told the story via a post on her Facebook page, in which she shared a photograph of herself in the offending garment: a leopard print bikini, and responded with an empowering message about women’s post-natal bodies.
The post has struck a chord with Facebook users, and has since been shared over 25,000 times in a show of support.
In the post, Sinclair says:
“So today I took my four-month-old son to the pool. While putting Christian's pool hat on, a woman (maybe mid 50s) comes up and makes conversation with me about Christian, asking me his age, how much he weighs, how he sleeps, etc.
“She then proceeded to tell me that the men at the pool would feel more comfortable if I was in a one-piece swim suit because a bikini isn't appropriate for a mother, especially one who's 'still recovering.”
Presumably, the woman was referring to Sinclair’s post-partum stomach, with (shock horror) visible stretch marks.
The post continues:
“Anyone who knows me knows I had a few words for this crazy, ballsy woman. But instead I just smiled, kissed my son and told her: 'I'm proud of my body. In just one year I've gained 50 pounds, and lost 37.
“I've grown a human and given birth to a beautiful miracle. My body provided food for my child. So, no, my body might not be the best sight for other men to see.”
Sinclair then explains the absurdity of the woman’s comments, and reveals the true message we should take from her stomach:
“My stretch marks and tummy pudge might not be sexy. But they're proof that I've done something amazing, and I have a man that loves me and finds me even sexier and more beautiful now.
“To be honest, I don't give a tiny rats ass what other men, or a prissy twit like you think. Have a nice day though.” (sic)
The news comes not long after a woman was teased at a supermarket for daring to expose her natural legs in shorts, during a heatwave.
Harriet Rae from Cornwall, wrote a Facebook post last month that also went viral, as she told how she flashed a ‘cheesy grin’ as the teasing Superdrug workers, instead of feeling put down by their comments.