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Sorry Drew Barrymore, there’s nothing wrong with looking like a ‘kangaroo’

Drew Barrymore thinks she looks like a kangaroo after giving birth, which just fuels the perception that there is something wrong with a woman’s body after having babies.

In a new interview with Glamour magazine, Drew Barrymore, when asked about her “body wisdom,” replied: 

“After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself. You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything’s saggy and weird.”

Drew then goes on to say: 

“But you think about how beautiful it is that you’re able to make children. When I lose sight of that, I exercise, read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and spend time with my kids.”

But the postscript isn’t the soundbite, because that’s not the tabloid fodder of another woman — nay, a gorgeous, successful, Hollywood celebrity woman — exclaiming once again that there is something inherently weird about your body after having a baby. Saggy and weird. Not that it is beautiful you can make children. That doesn’t make a headline.

I’m tired of these statements. I’m so tired. I think I have been reading things like this on websites and magazines for pretty much ever. And I’m disappointed in Barrymore, because isn’t she supposed to be cool? I thought she was on our team, those of us with our weird, saggy kangaroo bodies who have given birth but who every day are fighting the notion that our bodies are weird because we did so, and not just for us, but for our daughters who will have to grow up in a world that will forever remind them that their bodies are also saggy and weird if they have babies too.

For once I’d like to see a famous Hollywood celebrity woman, when asked about her body after giving birth, say something like: 

“My body has changed. It’s normal, and it’s fine, and that’s what happens when women have babies. And there is nothing weird about it. Next question.”

The only thing that looks like a kangaroo after giving birth is a kangaroo.

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