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The pregnancy of “Skinny Moms” for Sale!: Representations of Celebrity Moms’ Pregnancies in Korean Online Media
Unformatted Document Text:  “Skinny Moms” - 15 woman can achieve unless she is too lazy. For example, many stars have said that they could get back to good shape thanks to breastfeeding. However natural it may be, even breastfeeding is not always possible for every woman. Tropp (2006) compares the media representation of Sarah Jessica Parker‟s and Cynthia Nixon‟s (the heroines of the TV series Sex and the City) real-life pregnancies to that of Miranda, the character played by Nixon in the series. Those two female stars‟ pregnancies were primarily seen through their pregnant bodies, which looked better than ordinary women‟s non-pregnant bodies. In contrast, Miranda in the show struggled with her pregnancy and motherhood, which seems more realistic. However, while celebrities, who seem delirious with joy, in the media display only the beautiful aspects of pregnancy, the majority of women have mixed feelings about it and experience diverse symptoms and difficulties, not always pleasant but entirely ignored by the discourses of celebrity pregnancy. Tropp (2006) takes the example of Miranda, who has difficulty in nursing and losing weight after delivery. She does not naturally become a good mother. She has to work hard to be one. In reality, breastfeeding is not easy. It is a fight against pain and swollen breasts before getting used to it. Even maintaining a good posture for nursing is difficult. It is something to be learned and strived for. Breastfeeding is definitely good for babies and it should be encouraged. It is also true that breastfeeding burns a lot of calories. Nevertheless, this type of encouragement can make working mothers who have to quit their breastfeeding feel frustrated, given that most workplaces do not have facilities for breastfeeding mothers. Third, the discourse of skinny mom is closely associated with consumer culture. In other words, it is a matter of money. Here pregnancy is commoditized and marketed for profit. While female bodies in the media are, in most cases, gazed at by men, pregnant bodies on the covers of magazines, glamorized and idealized, are mostly looked at by women, as a commodity (Tropp,

Authors: Chae, Jiyoung.
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“Skinny Moms” - 15   
 
 
woman can achieve unless she is too lazy.   
For  example,  many  stars  have  said  that  they  could  get  back  to  good  shape  thanks  to 
breastfeeding.  However  natural  it  may  be,  even  breastfeeding  is  not  always  possible  for  every 
woman.  Tropp  (2006)  compares  the  media  representation  of  Sarah  Jessica  Parker‟s  and  Cynthia 
Nixon‟s (the heroines of the TV series Sex and the City) real-life pregnancies to that of Miranda, 
the  character  played  by  Nixon  in  the  series.  Those  two  female  stars‟  pregnancies  were  primarily 
seen  through  their  pregnant  bodies,  which  looked  better  than  ordinary  women‟s  non-pregnant 
bodies.  In  contrast,  Miranda  in  the  show  struggled  with  her  pregnancy  and  motherhood,  which 
seems  more  realistic.      However,  while  celebrities,  who  seem  delirious  with  joy,  in  the  media 
display only the beautiful aspects of pregnancy, the majority of women have mixed feelings about 
it  and  experience  diverse  symptoms  and  difficulties,  not  always  pleasant  but  entirely  ignored  by 
the  discourses  of  celebrity  pregnancy.  Tropp  (2006)  takes  the  example  of  Miranda,  who  has 
difficulty in nursing and losing weight after delivery. She does not naturally become a good mother. 
She has to work hard to be one.  In reality, breastfeeding is not easy. It is a fight against pain and 
swollen breasts before getting used to it. Even maintaining a good posture for nursing is difficult. 
It  is  something  to  be  learned  and  strived  for.  Breastfeeding  is  definitely  good  for  babies  and  it 
should be encouraged.  It is  also  true that breastfeeding burns  a lot of calories. Nevertheless, this 
type  of  encouragement  can  make  working  mothers  who  have  to  quit  their  breastfeeding  feel 
frustrated, given that most workplaces do not have facilities for breastfeeding mothers.   
Third, the discourse of skinny mom is closely associated with consumer culture. In other 
words,  it  is  a  matter  of  money.  Here  pregnancy  is  commoditized  and  marketed  for  profit.  While 
female bodies in the media are, in most cases, gazed at by men, pregnant bodies on the covers of 
magazines,  glamorized  and  idealized,  are  mostly  looked  at  by  women,  as  a  commodity  (Tropp, 


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