The Reaction To Scarlett Johansson's Outfit Proves We've Forgotten What A Stomach Looks Like
Scarlett Johansson rocked the Oscars red carpet in a form-fitting metallic gown, revealing the itty bittiest of bumps.
Arriving at Monday's award ceremony as one of the most celebrated performers of the year, she proudly walked the carpet arm in arm with her partner, actor and comedian Colin Jost.
It's been one stellar year for ScarJo. The actress was nominated for two Academy Awards -- Best Actress for her work in 'Marriage Story', and Best Supporting Actress for 'Jojo Rabbit'.
Rightfully, she appeared at the event looking like the very award she was nominated for. Scarlett's Oscar de la Renta gown featured a metallic silk skirt and train and shimmery bustier.
For most of us, she rocketed straight to the top of our best-dressed lists. But for a pesky few, they simply couldn't look past that barely-there bump that is Scarlett's healthy and human stomach.
Now if that's what we're calling a baby bump, 98 percent of the women I see on a daily basis must be in their second trimester, myself included.
Whether or not Scarlett Johansson is pregnant is simply by the by. What we do need to interrogate is how commentary like this works to perpetuate damaging, and downright ridiculous beauty standards.
Stomachs do not concave. They are not always flat as pancake, even for those who have never even touched a pancake in their lives.
In fact, our midsections contain some of our body's most essential organs... And sometimes, that beer and burrito we lovingly scoffed down earlier -- and that's okay too.
Celebrities, and in particular 'sex symbols' like ScarJo, are held to impossible standards. And this hawk-eyed criticism trickles down to deeply affect everyday women and girls.
It makes us think, 'well, if Esquire's two-time Sexiest Woman Alive is not good enough, what must I be?'
In 2014, Barbara Walters pressed Scarlett on how she felt about her own body.
"It’s an OK body, I guess," she said. "I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly remarkable, though."
"Any parts you don’t like?" probed Barbara.
I don’t like, you know, my thighs, my midsection…
Her response was simultaneously deeply disappointing in reinforcing that no one, no matter who they are can be totally happy within themselves. But also comforting, knowing that our self esteem troubles do no isolate us.
The body positivity movement has made incredible progress, but we have a long way to go. We need to turn the conversation away from body bumps and baby rumours, and towards career achievement and life accomplishment.
A protruding tummy is normal and healthy. But a society that holds women up against impossible expectations? That what's doing the real harm.
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