Harpe: Weight is not a character flaw

This spring I was in a hair salon, and the majority of people around me were women reading magazines. I was absolutely shocked when a woman started criticizing Jessica Simpson for being too fat, while she was pregnant. Moments of such ridiculous gender policing are really disturbing. What has the world come to when we start judging women for how much weight they gain during pregnancy?

As it is, if a woman does not have children she is condemned, but when she has a child and does not lose the baby weight, or return to life as normal, then she is criticized. Women live in a constant dilemma.

Even though many people consider the media and pop culture to be stupid and unreliable sources of information, they do reveal many of our cultural beliefs.