Last year Rebecca told us about a pregnant bikini contest on Gawker TV, and she thought it was kind of great. Besides the whole exploitation thing, it was a celebration of real pregnant women and their changing bodies.
But when I watched clips from the most recent pregnant bikini contest — the 7th Annual “Pre-Labor Day (get it? Labor Day?) Rod Ryan Show Bikini Contest,” I had mixed feelings.
See a video of the bikini contest and weigh in on your thoughts:
To be fair, it wasn’t all butt-shaking, suggestive belly-rubbing and itty-bitty, nipple-covering bikinis. There was a fully-clothed diaper changing race and a diaper throwing contest as well. And the winners got pretty flowers and a crown (although no scholarship money? Not even $50 for diapers?).
But for me, there was something…weird about this one. Maybe it’s just me, but these very pretty ladies dancing around in heels and tiny bikinis in a dark tent with clearly buzzed men whistling and hollering made me feel a little uncomfortable for them — especially because some men have serious pregnancy fetishes. It’s not that they were celebrating their beautiful bodies, but that they were sexualizing them. For other cheering men. Am I the only one that feels this way?
I would never knock someone for wanting to show off her beautiful, pregnant belly-bump. If it makes her feel sexy, then go for it. We all know how difficult it can be to feel sexy at 8 months pregnant. But would I do this? Nope. I’d pass, thankyouverymuch.
Source: Yahoo Shine
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