Better than Birth
Better than Birth

We see billboard images of gore and horror promoting the next blockbuster, we visit restaurants where women sell beer and chicken wings with smothering cleavage, and we listen to televangelists delivering cock-and-bull harangues in the name of the good Lord to listeners across a country where gun ownership is man’s god given right. We all cross in and out of these fatuous scenes without much thought, yet… People still freak out about seeing a pregnant woman’s belly in public.
 
 

Shame on you, Tori
Shame on you, Tori

Was sup! even 52% of our wild and crazy, Us magazine readin’ youth think its obscene for a pregnant woman to show her growing belly in public. What is it that makes people talk about pregnancy as the most beautiful thing ever, and then squirm about and declare it offensive when it pokes it’s head into public view?
 

I remember riding the subway in Chicago each day to design school. There was a billboard of Rambo holding a bazooka with his sweaty, grimaced face ready to take out an entire village. Damn that movie made alot of money, and I doubt anyone complained about the obvious intent of murder and revenge conveyed in the add.

You can’t escape beauty
You can’t escape beauty

However, just behind that billboard was an ad for Benetton of a newborn baby girl. Her name was Giusy, and she was intended as an anthem to life, but instead was one of the most censured visuals in the history of all Benetton ads — if not all ads.
People sent letters and made phone calls by the 1000s demanding Benetton remove that obscene image of a newborn baby. WWRD?!!? What would Rambo do? I beieve Bennetton relented, and removed it. Affirming that life is a much more frightening prospect than death.

I too remember, while living in Boulder, Colorado, sitting at my business watching a hippie girl walk around the pedestrian walkway. Her hair with flowers, her shirt tied up, and her naked very pregnant belly being very proudly exposed.

Better than Fashion
Better than Fashion

A young hippie boy ran up and dropped to his knees and put his ear to her stomach laughing and smiling. She was so angelic to me. I then noticed a white married couple dining outdoors at an upscale steak house watching the entire tribulation with looks of disgust across their faces. I liked the irony that they were disgusted by life, while eating death, and I wondered if they would make it through their meal. Unfortunately & pitifully, their reaction isn’t uncommon. That said, if you are pregnant and find yourself in need to show off your new beautiful body, hop a plane to Argentina. When I was there with Pierre, women walked around all the time with their stomachs exposed with no drama, happy to reveal the thrill of what is soon to come. Life.

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