January 19, 2012

Bulging Belly Buttons: Guest Post by Angela Silverthorne

It's always fun when Mom stops by, and today is certainly no exception. Take a moment to read her post, and enjoy the often humorous difference between the generations.

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Belly Button Bulging Banner

On a recent visit to see Tia, I commented on a pregnant lady whose belly button bulged like a balloon. I said, “I can remember being so embarrassed of my bulging belly button I put duck tape over it and wore two pair of panties.” Tia chuckled and said, “Mom, you need to write about it.”

Well, honestly what’s there to write about? It must be the new fashion to showcase the button. But I wonder? Are the same women who wouldn’t show their non-pregnant abdomen in the dark to their husband now getting rather bold? There’s no doubt I was excited and happy about my pregnancies; I wanted to tell everyone. I would have considered wearing a banner on my forehead. I might have considered a shirt slogan. But belly button exposure?

I’m the one who grew up with the I Love Lucy show. When Lucy was pregnant, she wore a tent. Her attentive husband didn’t see her bulging belly button; he couldn’t. And her demure nature caused him to be so gracious. He wouldn’t even allow Lucy the uncomfortableness of having to sit or disgrace herself by having him take her bag to the hospital, giving the impression she might be an invalid. Character was on the line. Protocol was sacred.

Have we turned an era curve? Something like the 1960s? Those brazen hussies had love-ins, sit-ins and sex anywhere. Skirts rose up to heights of no imagination. Bras were burned. Is this the new feminine badge of honor, the belly button bulging banner?  I’ve noticed a few proud women sporting the ultimate banner, displaying a stripe of brown pigment drawn straight down to the exit sign which could serve as further proof of brashness or braveness. Now the idea is taking on a new meaning.  

Maybe it’s a new form of freedom? Bare bellies are shining proudly in Zumba classes, beaches, and on the red carpet by some of our favorite stars. All of this makes me wonder... if I were young today, would I? Could I?

What’s next? Bare Breasts Bouncing Bodaciously?

4 comments:

mmshaunakelley said...

Wait, do you mean exposed like bare? Bare pregnant bellies? I remember Rachel doing that on Friends and thinking it was bizarre. I wondered then if I would feel differently when I was pregnant. Still don't know the answer to that. Consider myself a total feminist, but... hmmm... not sure I can hang.

Tia Bach said...

Shauna, I laughed with your comment. It's amazing how much things hang after babies. ;-)

bookworm said...

Oh sigh....why did I feel 10 years older after reading that post? I'm glad I didn't have to choose whether or not to expose my pregnant belly. There was only one answer when I was preggo and it wasn't "yes, let it all hang out!" And as for the two items north of the equator....gravity has certainly had their way with them over the years, giving new meaning to the term "hanging baskets".

Tia Bach said...

Alana, You crack me up. Thanks so much for visiting and appreciating my mother's humor. ;-)