Last week American actress Blake Lively made headlines with what she said during an interview on the Australian morning show "Sunrise."
Lively was a guest on the show promoting her new movie "The Shallows."Lively stars as a surfer who gets attacked by a great white shark and then must struggle to survive. The film, which was already released in the United States, will be released in Australia on August 18.
In her new film, most of Lively's time on camera is spent in her bathing suit. She was asked during the interview how she was able to prepare for such a physically demanding role.
Lively talked about the extensive endurance training she underwent to get in shape. She also noted how all of this took place only eight months after she had her first child, James.
The interviewer, Nelson Aspen, then chimed in by saying, "See, now when the tabloids say, 'How did she get her figure back post-baby?' You say, 'Well you do a movie like this."'
At this point Lively, let it all out saying:
"It's so unfair that it's so celebrated, like, 'This is what you could look like after having a baby!' And I think that a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don't need to be Victoria's Secret ready right away, because your body just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer. You gave birth to a human being. [And] I would really like to see that celebrated."
Lively wasn't speaking out against Aspen or his comment, she was simply bringing to light the ridiculous pressure women face after giving birth.
Around the same time of Lively's interview, another prominent actress shared a similar viewpoint concerning pregnancy and its affect on women's bodies. Anne Hathaway posted this photo on Instagram:
The older I get, the more respect I have for a woman's body and all that it is capable of doing. As a man who has personally experienced only one side of the childbirth spectrum (the being born side), I applaud Lively and Hathway for courageously voicing an opinion on issues that shouldn't exist in the first place.
It's inspiring to see women like them use their status to be a voice for other women who would otherwise go unheard.
The bottom line is this: society needs to stop shaming the female body and focus instead on its ability to bring about the most incredible miracle life has to offer.