We are two friends who find ourselves chatting about sex, babies, pregnancy, bodies, and women alot. Like really a lot. Freakishly often, really. Our names are Christy Tashjian and Karen Rayne. Christy is a midwife and Karen is a Sex Educator. You can find our professional blogs over there on the side bar.
Here is how the Belly Project came to be: one day we were walking home from taking our daughters to school and found ourselves talking about body image. Christy told Karen about a poster she had seen many years before with black and white pictures of several women’s bellies. Christy did not remember the name of the poster, just that it left a powerful impression with her. Karen suggested they create a blog with similar pictures and that they name it The Belly Project (as a body image geeky reference to the landmark book The Body Project). It turns out the poster had the same name: The Belly Project. We would like to acknowledge and thank the creators of the Belly Project poster, Lisa Kushner and Peggy McKenna, for inspiring this blog some 13 years later.
We realize that bellies are a sensitive subject, but they’re important! They’re a major part of our bodies! In fact, many of our friends were horrified when we asked to take pictures of their bellies. Even after being assured that the pictures were anonymous, it took considerable powers of persuasion on our parts to part pictures of our friends’ bellies from them to put up on this blog.
We are hoping to collect a large number of pictures to show the many varieties of shapes and sizes and color of the middle parts of women’s bodies. SO send us your pictures!
Include your age and reproductive history, and we’ll get your picture up ASAP.