Pregnancy T-Shirts

Over at Etiquette Helle, they are discussing this t-shirt:

Surprisingly to me, a lot of commenters consider the shirt rude. Personally, I think it’s a funny way to enforce bodily boundaries against the truly rude assumption far too many people make that pregnant women are public property.



  1. throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble says

    With the full fucken force of my being I am with ye! I’m also with anyone who stands against the idle chatter about “When are you due?” with total strangers. My response to those people would be “Whenever I can get in to see my abortionist.” Damn I wish I were a woman sometimes just to pull that one.

  2. opposablethumbs says

    Excellent t-shirt, and of course it’s not rude. Anyone who thinks it is, is an egocentric and invasive idiot of the first water.
    The one I had printed up and wore all the time during the relevant period was even simpler:


  3. says

    I find gestation disgusting but I understand there are gestation fetishists who seriously get off on a gravid belly. So, yeah, I can see why it’d be desirable to get them to keep their hands off.

  4. Menyambal says

    I don’t even see how it could be considered rude. Or is keeping rude people from being rude a rude thing to do?

  5. Trebuchet says

    I love the shirt. It’s not rude, and even if it was it’s aimed at rude people.

    A snarky “No, I’m not pregnant, why do you ask?” or “No, I’m not pregnant, it’s a tumor” might be even better.

  6. lochaber says

    I think it’s mildly amusing.

    But then, I don’t think it’s appropriate to ask a lot of those questions unless you know the person well (in which case, most of the pregnant people I’ve known readily volunteer such information).

    I certainly think it’s inappropriate to touch people without their express permission.

    Even if they are pregnant. : /

  7. leni says

    “No, I’m not pregnant, it’s a tumor” might be even better.

    My sister has always been big, but she went through a period in her 20s where random strangers would touch her belly and ask stupid things like “When is the blessed event, dear?”

    It’s almost like they were begging for poop jokes. Tumors are better though. Scarier and more likely to make them think twice before doing it again.

  8. Cassie says

    I like the shirt, but I have reservations about broadcasting the baby’s gender and due date to all and sundry. It feels like you’re just preemptively giving in to the busybodies. I’d rather do something like: What is it? It’s a fetus. When’s it due? Sometime in the next nine months, I should imagine. Can I touch your belly? Nope!

    That’s a bit wordy, though.

  9. olympiasepiriot says

    No, the shirt isn’t rude. I was VERY direct when I was pregnant. When people — almost ALL female — put their hands on my belly without asking (yes, this happened, more than once) I’d growl “Take your fucking hands off me.” If I didn’t speak their language, it didn’t matter…the tone got through, as well as my grabbing their wrist(s) really hard.

    Normally, I didn’t have conversations about my pregnancy with strangers or near strangers.

    “What is it going to be?” If I was feeling gentle and generous, I said “I hope kittens! I love cats.”


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