The Office star Jenna Fischer basically only says smart things, because she is great. But the still-new mom’s most recent truthbombs couldn’t have come at a better time. As tabloids and women’s magazine alike go bananas over Beyonce‘s rapid weight loss (due to a grueling personal training schedule) just months after giving birth, and circle like vultures to see if Jessica Simpson is going to keep eating deep-fried Poptarts, Fischer told Celebuzz that the pressure for celebs to immediately get skinny has gotten “out of control.”
Here’s what she had to say:
There’s so much pressure on you as a new mom that the last thing you need to have hanging over your head is some expectation of what your body is supposed to look like. I actually think that the scrutiny of new mothers bodies has gotten out of control.
Fischer isn’t the only one who’s unhappy with the unhealthy expectations for new moms to lose weight. Liz W. Garcia‘s recent Forbes column (that is terrific and an absolute must read) called the obsessed with post-partum weight loss part of the war on women. From her piece:
Scrutinizing these women, praising them for rapid weight loss, stalking them in the weeks after their babies are born…it all sends the message that a) their bodies are objects for public consumption and judgement b) that sort of weight loss is an option for every woman and c) that it’s something to aspire to. That, three weeks after having a baby, when most of us are still learning how to breastfeed, and some of us still can’t move around without assistance, we should be aspiring to weight loss.
From Simpson and Beyonce to Hilary Duff, who famously hit the mat just weeks after giving birth to her first child, (and, subsequently, received a sickening dose of Daily Mail body-snarking for how fat she looked on her way into Pilates), celebs’ pregnancies aren’t just about cute babies and genuine interest in their lives–the coverage is rapidly becoming more and focused on baby weight, both during and after the birth. Oh, you created life? No one cares, as long as you don’t look like Victoria Beckham.
Here’s Fischer again:
Every new mother just gets a free pass. I’m actually angered by the ‘posing in a bikini six weeks after having my baby’ [trend] … Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let’s celebrate!