If you thought ridiculous novelty t-shirts were only reserved for the racks of department store juniors' sections, gag gift emporium Spencer's, and anywhere cruises dock, you are gravely mistaken, my friend. Apparently, maternity chain A Pea in the Pod also has 'em, and their kind are made just for expectant moms. Yes, apparently expectant moms who want nothing more than to publicly lament that they've gained weight.
Check out the jaw-droppingly upsetting messages emblazoned on not just one but TWO tees they carry ...
YUP. As it if it wasn't bad enough that women are constantly flipped out about gaining baby weight and feeling pressured to shed it nanoseconds after giving birth a la countless celebs who make it look effortless, now we have to be subjected to this insanity!?
Sadly, it's not just about these fat-shaming tees. They're just an illustrated example of a bigger, toxic message women hear constantly. That we're supposed to be so preoccupied with thinness that we can't even embrace nine months during which we gain weight and our bodies change -- for an AMAZING reason! You would think pregnancy is supposed to be one of the only times when worrying about "skinny" should be the last thing on women's minds. But no, guess we're supposed to be fretting about FAT every day of our lives -- even when we're, you know, growing another human being.
I can only hope that A Pea in the Pod's grave misstep empowers women to love their pregnant bodies even more -- as a nice big slap in the face to this twisted mentality. And in the meantime, growing backlash should teach A Pea in the Pod a lesson, forcing them to pull these atrocious tees. What a fail. A maternity clothing company should be all about celebrating a woman's pregnant figure -- not shaming her for it.
What do you think about these tees?
Images via Corbis & A Pea in the Pod