A spontaneous outburst of belly love

Even the most skinny of women — those who have hit drinking age at least — usually have at least a tiny pouch of belly fat on their tummies. However, in our thin-obsessed age, these tiny pouches are conveniently carved off of images of models and actresses via Photoshop.

What would it be like to if we women, and men, all could collectively exhale, and let our soft potbellies hang out with pride?

This week, the Internet saw just that, a spontaneous outpouring of real belly pride, interspersed with belly love, on a message board devoted to the punk cabaret duo Dresden Dolls.

(Photo by Martyn Foster)

It seems Dolls vocalist and musician Amanda Palmer, after filming a video for her song “Leeds United” for her solo album “Who Killed Amanda Palmer,” got in a spat with record executives at who wanted to cut out any scenes that included her bare belly — which they deemed “too fat.”

In her own LiveJournal post:

“the very worst moment was sitting across a huge desk from one of the record execs and listening to him explain that he knows what’s best for my videos and my images because ‘amanda, really, trust me. i’m a GUY. i KNOW what people LIKE.’ i wanted to throw up, get up, leave that room, and never go back. they are all that’s wrong with this culture.”

Once fans caught wind of this, that this stunning, slender woman — who is likely a size 6 or 8 and slightly soft in the middle — was getting this sort of flack, they started filling a message board, and the inbox of Roadrunner Records, with hundreds and hundreds of images of their own bellies: Soft girl bellies, hairy man bellies, post-pregnancy bellies, painted, and drawn-on bellies.

For the record, Palmer won her battle with Roadrunner, and her belly does appear in “Leeds United.”

What do you think? Would you welcome seeing more realistic bellies in videos, on TV, or in magazines? Is now the time for belly love?

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