A little more for the self-promotion files. Sorry!
Yesterday over at Slate’s DoubleX section (for the lady-folks), I had a short piece of cultural analysis published about the origin and implications of the term “baby bump,” which I’ve never been fond of and have grown more and more annoyed by with every new celebrity pregnancy.
I won’t say that researching the term and speaking to academics has turned my frown upside down. But when asked, “Well, what would you call it [pregnant stomach] instead?” I had no satisfactory answer. Nothing that I thought of sounded like something a reasonable, adult woman would want applied to her body. I then realized that part of our problem with “baby bump” is not necessarily the term itself–it’s the highly politicized and charged discussions that take place about women’s bodies and their reproductive functions. Given this climate, it’s hard to imagine any word that will find favor with the majority of women-kind.
What are your thoughts on “baby bump”? Are those of us that find it irritating/harmful simply overreacting? Or is there something problematic there? And finally, any ideas as to what to call it if not “baby bump”?
Check it out in it’s entirety here.