By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT
Sally Brouwer is amazing. She really is.
Sally is a Brisbane police officer, a personal trainer and a mother-of -three who sits on the board of the Blue Sky Foundation for autistic children.
That’s amazing, right?
And that’s before we even get to her abs, which – credit where credit is due – are also truly amazing. Because, seriously, looking like this takes an enormous amount of discipline and hard physical work, whether you have given birth to no kids, three, or six. So, hats off to you, Sally.
But today Sally appeared in the MailOnline with the following headline:
‘It’s not my fault other people don’t like what they see’: The super fit mum who posted photos of her rock-hard abs post-pregnancy… then told other mothers THEY had no excuse to be out of shape.’
And two weeks ago, another super-fit personal trainer from Sydney appeared in the Daily Telegraph, also taking aim at mums who don’t look like iron women. They used this headline:
‘Fat and lazy’ mums using babies as an excuse to let themselves go.
And this, this my friends is where I am calling bullshit. Not on these women and their amazing abs but on the way the media like to pit women’s bodies against one another.
Mothers are being trolled. Presenting these post-child fitness stories as some kind of, “If they can do it, you can do it” us-against-us story, is nonsense.
And every woman who has ever had a child, looked down at her body and gone, “What the?” needs to know that, refuse to give into the “I hate my body” feelings and turn away.
Because these stories only have the power to make those of us whose tummies may be a little more, shall we say, on the mushy side, feel lazy and less-than if we allow them to.
The sight of Sally Brouer’s rock-hard seven-pack has about as much relevance to my life as Giselle Bunchen’s nude beach yoga poses do to my weekend outing to the beach with my kids. I am proud and happy for Sally, and I am proud and happy for any woman who’s feeling fit and strong and delighted with her body.