An ode to real bellies, and real women, skinny, fat and in between.
Two comments that stood out:
“I have similar problems with self image when it comes to the belly pics. It’s like, yes these women love themselves and their bodies enough to put their photos up, but it actually makes me feel worse looking at them because it feels like 75% of them are skinny girls who would be more ok with showing their bellies anyway.
I think I’d be more comfortable if I saw a higher percentage of people whose bellies didn’t look so thin.”
“I understand where you’re coming from. That said, this comment felt hurtful. This isn’t the “Bellies Deemed Unacceptable By Society Project”. They called it the “Real Girl Belly Project”. All of these bellies are real.
What you call skinny might not be skinny to someone else. Someone whose photo you might look at and think, “Oh, whatever, it must be so easy for her” may have gone through hell in order to accept her belly for what it is.
Skinny girls, fat girls, average girls – we ALL struggle to accept our bodies. We should be welcoming to anyone who wants to participate in this project, and not grumbling about who struggled to get where they are and who didn’t, or who’s “really” participating and who’s not.
The whole POINT is that society has forced us into comparing ourselves to one another and competing with each other. So if you’re looking at this gallery and thinking, “Well, I’ve got it worse than her” then you’re missing the point. “
Be sure to have dessert these holidays. Go for the real stuff. Without the guilt. Watch your belly expand after you indulge, be amazed at its flexibility, and the many things that occur (or have occurred) in that belly. Right up my nellybelly alley, this project 🙂