Love this post on the Victoria’s Secret catalog vs. real-life mothers, particularly the part where she muses on which clothes are nursing-friendly, and then this:
I began imagining the catalog with real-life moms as models, something like a Victoria’s Secret meets The Shape of a Mother. In this imaginary catalog, stretch marks and green and purple veins radiate from the tops of push-up bras. Thighs are rippled rather than taut, just as nature intended. Calves resemble topographical maps with varicosities forming the contour lines. The exposed midriffs look deflated or doughy, depending on whether the model is contracting her transverse abdominals or not. Flesh yields to elastic waistbands. I know some of these models are moms, but I don’t understand how they’ve avoided stretch marks, cellulite, and that inelastic skin on their bellies that I thought was universal.
via (this is kind of convoluted) http://touchstonez.com/2011/12/06/in-response-to-gettin-nothin-but-stat-sick/ which was writing about http://imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/gettin-nothin-but-stat-sick/ which referenced this post. The follow-up http://imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/the-existential-importance-of-blog-stats-a-response-to-a-response/ is also worth a read.